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Graduate Quality worries IT companies

November 29, 2006

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.

Previous story on this topic: Half the software engineers not good enough?
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?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2006 3:36 pm

    Hello from Canada,
    I read your post and thought you might like to see David Warlick’s blog.
    Dave T.

  2. November 29, 2006 4:09 pm

    Yes, thanks. I added him to my blogroll. He gives a very comprehensive view of Education in the US.

  3. Ravi permalink
    March 13, 2008 11:13 pm


    The sad part is the course curriculum varies with universities all over india. The college that I did my undergrad supports IT related courses. Everyone who enrolled for an undergraduate program irrespective of their branch has to register for a basic computer course which has a lab and had to take a test that proves his programming skills and understanding of algorithms in any current applicable language like Java, VB at least it should be C/C++. It did helped most of the students (especially civil and chemical engineers) during my time at college (1999-2003) to get a job in some IT company since its hard for them to do some job relevant to their field of study.

    Getting into Infosys is not a big deal but one has to have that ability to perform under tremendous pressure and come up with novel programming techniques which can only be acquired from solid background in math and I doubt in most in most of the so-called software engineers. An IT professional need not necessarily be a software engineer but he MUST have good mathematical background and reasonable logical thinking to generate new programs.

    IT companies are the culprits for the flaws in selecting eligible candidates for their companies. I get to know that anybody who pays Rs. 5000/- can get access to the question paper of Infosys and recently the question papers are available in blogs 😦 Campus selections are the only way one can avoid these mishaps and ensures the selection of eligible graduate students.

  4. March 13, 2008 11:17 pm

    Ravi, a lot depends on one’s basic school education. If a person has a good grounding here, he can go on to overcome any obstacles (academic) later on in life. As for the cheats, they ultimately get found out, well that’s what I believe.

  5. sangeeta permalink
    March 14, 2008 12:02 am

    Your Statement “As for the cheats, they ultimately get found out, well that’s what I believe.” is very true!!.Being from the recruitment side,I think people can’t really go on long with fake experience and qualification.They will be found out some day.

  6. March 14, 2008 1:20 am


    I tend to agree with Ravi on this issue.Someone with fake qualifications and experience may get found out some day but that does not mean that the best candidates are selected or that the recruitment process is not flawed.I think a lot of favouritism goes on behind the scenes and the selection process is not transparent at all.

  7. Ramya permalink
    September 23, 2008 3:36 pm

    Thats true Nita, I am a recent graduate and I have something to say (in that point of view)….something is really missing in our education system….we should be honest with ourselves…..the practicality and the significance of application of what we learn theoritically is not given as much importance as it deserves….STudents right from 10th start struggling into IIT but not all would (as you said, these few premier institutes have cut throat competition to get into)….If you would permit me, I would like to write my views on my blog linking it to this post of yours.


    you are welcome Ramya. – Nita.

  8. September 30, 2008 3:18 am

    Thanks Nita, It took me a while to update my blog….and here’s what I have to say….have a look when time permits :)…cheers
    Ramya (my other name is Sahaja as the blog says)

    Thank you 🙂


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