Quality of Engineers and Managers…….Expectations of the Employers in India

Educating engineering and management students with a comprehensive and deep set of skills that are in demand is of tremendous importance for employability and the country‘s development. Insufficient supply of quality skills is one of the main impediments to further economic growth. Every industry sector where engineers and management graduates play a critical role is facing a difficult situation when it comes to unmet demand for skills.

Numerous data and reports are available about the employability scenario. Research and survey have been done by the likes of CII, Nasscom, McKinsey, World Bank and many others. Data is available of the very poor employability percentage of these graduates beyond the top 100 colleges in India. Analyses have also been done on what are the key skills sought after by employers and what are the gaps.

The higher education system has responded to the increased demand by massively expanding the number of colleges. The number of students enrolled increased 800% from 1998 to 2012. Most of this expansion has happened in the privately funded institutions. Concentrating on increasing numbers has impacted the quality of students and teachers drastically. Easing norms for faculty selection has led to the majority of teachers being young, inexperienced and undergraduate degree holders. In addition, the quality of education varies significantly from institution to institution. The methodology continues to stress on rote learning instead of practical and application based learning.

Colleges are struggling to hire adequately qualified faculty, graduates are failing to find employment and regulators are under pressure to improve standards.

The UR Rao Committee set up by the Ministry of HRD to review the performance of AICTE came up with the following findings:

  • Too many institutions due to unregulated growth, especially in the private sector
  • Institutions are proliferating in geographical pockets, leading to oversupply in some markets and shortages in others
  • Not enough qualified faculty, and not nearly enough doctorates coming through the system
  • Weak quality-assurance structures, especially accreditation procedures
  • Lack of cooperation and interaction between industry and the classroom
  • High levels of unemployment and underemployment among engineering graduates
  • The graduate growth rate is far exceeding the economy’s growth rate
  • Colleges are not meeting the skilled manpower needs of industry
  • Exorbitant tuition fees at many private colleges

Most studies emphasize on developing the attitude, aptitude and soft skills of the students. Less emphasis is given on the domain knowledge and technical acumen of the student. At InTuition, we are of the firm belief of developing a student’s domain knowledge along with his personality skills to produce a well-accepted engineer or manager by the industry. InTuition is designed to address the learning outcomes established by NBA (National Board of Accreditation).

Core Employability Sills
  • Integrity
  • Self-discipline
  • Reliability
  • Self-motivation
  • Entrepreneurship skills
  • Teamwork
  • Understands and take directions for work assignment
  • Willingness to learn
  • Flexibility
  • Empathy
Professional Skills
  • Identify, formulate, and solve technical/managerial problems
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • Use appropriate/modern tools, equipment, technologies
  • Apply subject knowledge
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Creativity
Communication Skills
  • Oral, Reading and Written communication in English
  • Design & conduct experiments, and analyze and interpret data
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Advanced computer knowledge, based on domain requirement

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