New Delhi, September 14, 2016: September 14 is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in our country as a tribute to one of the greatest Indian engineers, Sir Visvesvaraya Mokshagundam. Every year a theme is announced to mark the celebration and this year’s theme is “Skill Development for Young Engineers to Reform the Core Sector: Vision 2025.”
The theme of 49th Engineer’s Day uncovers the dismal state of education in the country. Our engineering graduates are unemployable for they lack desired skills to perform the core job. Only 7 % of our engineers are dedicatedly working for core sector, reported a New Delhi-based employment Solutions Company, after conducting a survey on 150,000 engineering students.
Recently at the engineer conclave at IIT-Madras, Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu highlighted the imbalance of demand and supply of engineers in the country. He said, “Our focus must be on increase in quality and reduction of quantity. Attention should also be given to improving quality of engineering colleges.” The discussion at the event also highlighted that more than 40 % of engineering graduates join banking and other sectors and this is “national wastage.”
According to HRD Ministry, India produces more than 1.5 million engineers into the job market every year but more than 80% of our engineers are not employable. Infact less than 10 % of these employable candidates could avail a job in engineering field. The other 10 % joined other professional path.
So, how long can we afford to produce low-quality engineers? Whose prerogative is it to build quality engineers? Is it a student’s failure or the system failure that the youth is unemployed for studying courses that tag them unemployable? Do we need an education system that produces unemployable youth?