The dip in job placements for students across government and private engineering institutions in the country is a huge cause of concern for the education sector
According to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), there has been a decline in the number of engineering institutes across the country. There were around 3,400 such institutes in 2014-15 – now the number stands at just 3,225.
The shutting down of colleges across the country is attributed to several reasons – one of which is a dip in the number of students placed.
Ashutosh Kumar, who works for the Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions company said, “There has been an exponential increase in the number of engineering colleges in the last decade or so. There is no practical learning taking place in most of the colleges and students are only bombarded with assignments, which require less brain work”.
Kumar added, “There is lack of resources in most of the private colleges. Most of them don’t have proper laboratory equipments and skilled teaching faculty.” He added that in most of the institutes, only those who hold a PhD degree should be selected as a teaching faculty member.
Raja Dey, an electrical engineering graduate, commented that students coming out fresh from colleges don’t have the required skills apart from bookish knowledge. They don’t have knowledge in a domain referred to as ELQ, English, Logical and Quantitative aptitude.
Most of the colleges don’t have instruments required to carry out the experiments and moreover a lot of colleges do not even take their students out for industrial visit.
Proloy Maity, a professor in Indian Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU), said to the Softcopy Newspaper, “employability is not the only aspect determining the hiring of engineers at the moment. He says, “its more to do with market. During the years 2000-2010, when the IT industry was witnessing a boom, people with relatively lower qualifications, were also able to grab job opportunities”.
Ashutosh Sarkar, an ex IIT- Kharagpur professor said, “To counter this crisis, only people with real interests should pursue engineering.”
The AICTE has been shutting down colleges which do not have the required facilities.