AICTE Denounces IT Industry’s ‘90 Per cent of Engineers Unemployable’ Claim

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In a year, nearly a million engineering students pass out in India and the software services industry recruited nearly one lakh engineers last year.  

Disapproving the software services industry’s claim that 90 per cent of fresh engineering graduates in the country are not fit for hiring, the All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has said that the industry should instead help them train in emerging areas and employ them.

Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, said that the IT companies had hired the same set of students based on the basic knowledge of coding and built a multi-billion-dollar industry, ET reported.

Now the need has changed, and these companies want engineers with skills in internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, etc, and there arises the mismatch, he noted.

Also, there are not many jobs of that type (new skills), which led the IT companies to saying that majority of engineers are not employable, he added.

In order to fill this skill gap, the AICTE Chairman has urged the industry to put in some efforts in training the graduates in new areas and provide them internship.

He also emphasised the need to change the curriculum in engineering institutions.

In a year, nearly a million engineering students pass out in India and the software services industry recruited nearly one lakh engineers last year.

Considering the recommendations of the government committee headed by IIT-Hyderabad chairman B V R Mohan Reddy, the engineering education body has also decided to not to allow setting up of new engineering colleges for two years beginning 2020.

The committee made its suggestions as large numbers of seats in engineering colleges remained vacant.