Graduate Quality worries IT companies
I have taken this headline from page 7 of today’s Times of India. Simply because I had written about this same thing a few days ago under the heading ‘Half the Software Engineers not good enough?’ I had written this on the basis of an informal conversation with an HR person in a software company.
Well, Kiran Karnik, NASSCOM’s President discussed this same issue yesterday. He said that the situation is far worse. It’s not half, but 75% of software engineers who aren’t good enough – they lack technical as well as what are called the ‘soft’ skills. Our education system did ‘not emphasise on communication and articulation or team work,’ he said. Therefore these graduates become ‘unemployable’.
This is the sad state of Indian education. Not just school level education, but also professional education. Just a few ‘elite’ educational institutions impart the ‘right’ education and there is a mad rush to get inside. Whether school or college, the seats in good educational institutions are too few. And genuinely talented and intelligent students cannot get admission due to the cut- throat competition.
Instead of rushing to establish new educational institutions, it’s time our government imposed stringent standards on the existing ones. Not just on the ones run by the government, but also on the hundreds of private players entering the education arena. Many of these institutions are run for profit only, and compromise on the teaching staff and infrastructure.
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A recent development: Indian engineering colleges to be upgraded
Another article on the subject: India could hire from abroad to make up the shortage of engineers
For more on the poor quality of educational institutions read this: unequal education and this: what ails our education system?