After the NASSCOM report on the unemployability of the graduates from our Professional colleges, here is the latest study on the deepening decay. Only 6% of the BE graduates are employable according to the recent survey. While even those colleges in the field for a long time are not able to hone up their capability to bring out finer student material, here is our new HR minister ready to grant Madrassas the job of professional training! After the CBSE tag to the Madrassa products, the Government is leaping with gay abandon, least bothered about educational standards. Is there anyone in the government serious about giving quality education to our youth?
If a study by Pur pleLeap, a Bengaluru-based talent management company is to be believed, only 6 per cent of the engineering graduates in India are 'employable'.
The 10,000 students, including 1,000 from Tamil Nadu who were surveyed in 150 colleges across the country are lacking in the three major industry requirements — communication, problem solving and technical skills, the study claims.
This paints a gloomier picture than the findings of NASSCOM-McKinsey Report 2005, which states that only 25 per cent of engineering graduates and 10 per cent of non-engineering graduates in the country are fit for employment.
Several 'tier two and three' engineering colleges do not sufficiently develop the analytical thinking ability of the youngsters, which is what leads to poor problem solving ability, says Amit Bansal, CEO, PurpleLeap.
"When we talk of problem solving, we mean the ability of a student to grasp all aspects of a situa tion. In designing a programme for example, he should not only be able to deal with the constraints, but also troubleshoot," he explains.
Companies that recruit these candidates, point out that the quality of students and faculty is crucial in determining the skill-set of the fresh graduates. "The curriculum needs to reflect the changing market conditions and expectations," explains R. Ramkumar, VP, (corporate marketing, research and communications), Cognizant Technology Solutions.
Meanwhile, academicians insist situation is as bleak as it is portrayed in the study, and say that the responsibility of honing these skills, especially communication, lies with the industry and not the educational institutions, they say. "A large number of companies lookout for soft skills, which is not and should not be expected to be provided by universities, that should rather concentrate on content," says Prof. M.S. Ananth, director, IIT Madras.
Education system in madrassas to be restructured
New Delhi, June 09: Education system in madrassas is set to witness a restructuring with Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal saying these institutions will impart professional training along with religious teachings to empower Muslim youth. However, he clarified that the ministry will not interfere with the religious teachings in madrassas.
"Some announcement will be made on that. It will be part of the 100-day agenda. When I talk about restructuring education, we will not interfere with the religious teaching in madrassas. But at the same time, the aim will be to empower Muslim youth," Sibal said in an interview.
"The objective is to ensure that when the Muslim youth go out of schools, they get job opportunities. We will ensure that they have skills and they are equipped with the kind of education that enables them to be part of the mainstream," he said.
The government has already decided to treat madrassa qualification at par with CBSE to enable Muslim students to get Central government jobs. However, this benefit will be available for those madrassas which are affiliated to the state madrassa boards existing in 10 states.