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No Jobs  for engineers: Most graduates unemployable say UVCE alumni

Students and teachers say that institutions cannot keep up with industry standards.

Alumnus association of VSCE.

The Human Resources Development Ministry of India lists 6,214 engineering and technology institutions which have enrolled 2.9 million students. This number has gone up from from 1,511 colleges in 2006-07 to 3,345 in 2014-15.

Aspiring Minds, a Bangalore-based consultancy firm stated that there are 150,000 engineering students and found barely seven per cent suitable for core engineering jobs.
Vasudev Murthy, Alumni Association President of the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in Bangalore said,  “The root of the problem is that in our society, the decision makers of a child's education is not on the child's hands. It is the responsibility of the government and universities to highlight to the society
“I love Graphic Design, I have enjoyed doing it since I was a child but there was immense pressure from my family to pursue engineering since we were in financial difficulty,” said Akash Gupta, who’s pursuing Mechanical Engineering from the Galgotias University in Greater Noida.

He added that he took up science because of this and he struggled with it in the 11th and 12th standard, “I couldn’t cope up and I had to drop and year and give my board exams again.”

Many students and experts say that engineering colleges lack modern software and curriculum relevant to the job industry.
“Most of my fellow classmates have been forced by their parents to do engineering, they don’t have an interest in it and what’s more, what we learn is outdated in the industry.” said Vardaan Magon, a software engineering student at the Jaypee Institute of Technology in Noida.
N.K.L Prasad, Retired General manager from a telecommunications company and an alumnus of Sir M Visvesvaraya Central College of the 1957 batch said “What you learn in college and what you do in the industry is entirely different. If industry-oriented education is given, it's easier for the companies to absorb these students. Indian universities are very ill-equipped to meet these standards. It's a very theoretical approach. Passing exams and getting marks is only pursued.”

He added that the government is trying to focus on skill development but implementation of that will take time.

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