Survey Shows Low Employability Rates for Indian Engineering Graduates

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17th July 2014 11:47 - Engineering

The aspirations of Indian engineering graduates do not correlate with their career readiness, according to the country’s National Employability Report.

The study – which is based on graduates from the class of 2013 – had a sample base consisting of 120,000 engineering students from more than 520 colleges, across 18 Indian states.

Of the thousands of students who graduate, according to the report, less than one in five (18.33%) are employable, with marginally less (18.09%) actually getting a job.

More than nine in 10 (92%) engineering graduates are said to lack programming and algorithm skills, with almost three quarters (71%) missing soft and cognitive skills. Three fifths (60%) do not possess sufficient domain skills, with English speaking and comprehension (74%) and analytical and quantitative skills (58%) also reportedly absent.

Of the 600,000 annual engineering graduates, less than one fifth (18%) are employable for software engineer-IT services roles, with even less (7%) deemed job-ready for core roles in mechanical, electronics/electrical and civil positions. Only 4% of graduates are seen to be adequately trained to warrant being directly deployed on projects.

Furthermore, the report indicates employability rates are highest in Delhi (north), followed by Kolkata (east) and cities in the west.

Over half (53%) of the engineering graduates surveyed said their preferred field of work lies within software roles. Around two fifths (44%) said they would favour core engineering jobs.

Overall, the report highlights an evident mismatch in terms of engineer graduates’ aspirations and the number of which are deemed job ready.

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