‘80% Engineering students in India are unemployable’– newspapers bragging, posts in social networking sites are gobbling up with discussions.
‘Aspiring Minds‘ an organisation that conducts Aptitude tests for graduate students had revealed the statistics of the tests conducted for 2015 passed out Engineering students. According to the Aspiring Minds CEO, “Indian colleges are not giving enough training for Engineering students to meet Industry’s standards”
The irony about this information is that, the very reason for this state of Indian students is that colleges swarm around us for almost all the four years only for sake of meeting industry standards. All they ever do is convert us into a product that is packed neat and clean, shinier and attractive to be sold in the market.
‘Prabhu Swaminathan’ an Indian, Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate had penned down a book ‘Wasted in Engineering’. Beginning of the book goes like this
“Dedicated to my parents, relatives and teachers who messed my life up by making
me study engineering.”
The book pin points all kinds of hypocrisies being preached and stupidities being believed by the students who are studying Engineering, parents who wants their son/daughter to go for government jobs despite the department they chose, professors who try hard to make their students chase the scores and grade points, let alone chase their dreams.
Why on this Earth an engineering student needs to be trained to meet Industry standards when they are supposed to learn something through which he/she can engineer anything and everything around?
A student, who has lots of passion towards Engineering, who actually dreams of building things around will studies well, gets a job of his desire, stays productive throughout his/her career, earns quite a lot. Now the parents around him gets an idea that, this kind of career for his son/daughter will help their family economically. So they impose their idea over their son or daughter. Among 10 students who get forced to join Engineering in this way, 4 of them would have had other dreams, 3 of them would have had no idea over their future, 2 of them might have interest towards Engineering and cracks open the course like a piece of cake and the remaining 1 would have hated the whole education and education system.
Now what is expected out of these 10 students is to learn Engineering like that person, stay above average like that person, get a job like that person, earn money like that person. Above all, get into those 20% of students who are being labled as Employable.
Now after considering the research results that had been conducted over these 10 students by groups like Aspiring Minds, Colleges and Universities get an idea that we still have to give importance to placements and to develop employ-ability skills for our students.
The result is that, instead of carrying Engineering text books to colleges, all that students carry from their second year of Education is – “R.S Agarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude”.
Placements – a greatest foul game being played in our society. It is accepted that lots of students got benefited , got settled, found solace in their career through placement drives and things. But the number of people those who didn’t got eligible, those who got rejected, those who become something else instead of chasing their dreams does not even come closer to those who are being praised as Employable students.
Stop preparing students to become market cows and start teaching Engineering so that majority of the Engineering students will become eligible for their future career. And also being youngsters, being students let’s stop mocking or duplicating the crowd and stand unique using our dreams and passion.