Only 2% of Indian Engineers are ready for new-age jobs

Did you know that only 60% of India’s faculty do not discuss how engineering concepts apply to industry? Did you know that only 40% of engineering students in India perform internships? And, only 36% undertake projects outside their assigned coursework, revealed a survey report by Aspiring Minds. The 2019 employability survey talks about the skill gap engineering students face and offers solutions.

The Annual Employability Survey 2019 report released by Aspiring Minds reveals that “80% Indian engineers are not fit for any job in the knowledge economy.” According to the report, only 2.5% of them possess industry relevant tech skills such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Data Science and Mobile Development.

The findings are based on data collected from 1,70,000 students from across 750 plus colleges in India. For the first time, the employability report includes comparitive data with inputs from engineers in the US and China. 

The 2019 survey states that only a handful of Indian engineers possess coding expertise. “Good coding skills are possessed by 4.6% of Indian job applicants.” It says that Indian engineers can code correctly compared to their Chinese counterparts (2.1%) but lag behind American peers (18.8%) who can write codes correctly.

"Engineering is an applied discipline. Engineers learn primarily by doing, not only by reading and listening. Only 40%of engineering students in India perform internships and only 36% undertake projects outside their assigned coursework.” The report emphasises the lack of industry-focussed curriculum and exposure. 

“Students are trapped in a college bubble. Nearly 60% percent of faculty do not discuss how engineering concepts apply to industry. Only 47% of students report the opportunity to attend a talk by industry personnel during their college career. Most talks that students attend are intra-departmental, rather than seminars, workshops, conferences or webinars that typically feature outside experts and scholars who present complementary or alternative perspectives.” 

Engineering students in India further struggle during their placements. According to the survey, approximately 40% of students reported that their primary challenge is finding the right company or the most suitable job profile to apply. 

Their second challenge was to secure and pass an interview. “Our students need counselling to understand the kinds of jobs that are available; how to determine which job profiles match their interests and skills; the skill gaps that may disqualify them; and how to address those skill gaps,” the report suggests.

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