- The council will focus on new and emerging fields like AI, IoT, robotics, block chain, etc, with high employment potential, HRD Minister told Parliament.
- Only 45 percent engineering graduates got placed in campus placements in 2017-18, the Minister said
A total of 7,92,970 students graduated from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approved engineering colleges in 2017-18. Of these, only 3,59,193, around 45.3 percent of the total, got jobs from campus placements.
In 2018-19, the number of students who got placed in campuses rose to 4,00,823 (4 lakh).
Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal gave this data to Parliament in response to a question raised by BJP MP from Jaipur Ramcharan Bohra.
However, he said that this figure did not include students who got jobs through direct placements, are self-employed or decided to study further. Also, he did not have data on the total number of engineering graduates this year.
Economic growth to boost employment in future
With the government focussing on economic growth, the Minister believes employment of engineering graduates would increase in the coming years.
“The employment of engineering graduates is dependent on economic growth and increased employment opportunities as a result of economic activities and hence keeps varying. With Government of India targeting a high growth path, the employment opportunities shall increase,” he said.
AICTE shifts focus on high employment potential areas
Meanwhile, he said, the AICTE has decided to discontinue with the conventional disciplines from the academic year 2020-21.
“The AICTE will not allow new conventional disciplines with low employment potential from the academic year 2020-2021,” Pokhriyal said in the Lower House
Instead, the council will focus on new and emerging fields like artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), robotics, block chain, data sciences, quantum computing, cyber security, 3D printing and design and augmented reality/virtual reality with high employment potential, he said.
The plan is to impart the requisite skill sets to engineering students to enhance their employability and bridge the gap between industry needs and academic inputs provided to students in technical institutes, he added.