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Over 80% Indian engineers unemployable, lack new-age technological skills: Report

Updated: Mar 24, 2019

This is tragic but true


The employability of Indian engineers continues to be low as over 80 percent of them are unemployable for any job in the knowledge economy, says a report.

According to a report by employability assessment company Aspiring Minds, only 3.84 percent of engineers in the country have the technical, cognitive and linguistic skills required for software-related jobs in start-ups.

Moreover, only 3 percent of engineers have new-age technological skills in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science and mobile development. The employability in new-age jobs is pegged at an average 1.7 percent.


The report said the reasons for low employability and states that only 40 percent engineering graduates do an internship, while a mere 7 percent students do multiple internships. Also, only 36 percent do projects beyond their curriculum.

It added that engineering discipline in India is very theoretical as 60 percent faculty doesn't talk about application of concepts in the industry and only 47 percent of the engineers attend any industry talk.

"We find that a low proportion of engineers take up projects beyond curriculum and do internships. Further, there is a lack of faculty talking about industry application of concepts in class or students getting exposure through industry talks.


The report, which is based on a research conducted on engineering students from India, the US and China, found that the number of engineers in the US who know how to code is almost four times than Indian engineers.

Though Indian engineers show better potential than Chinese engineers in writing correct code, the proportion of engineers who cannot write compilable code in India is almost three times the Chinese engineers who cannot do so, according to the report.

Millionlights is working with multiple stakeholders including universities, content creators, certification agencies, placement and recruitment companies to create an ecosystem where we can drive 21st century skills to these students and help them become "employable"

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Anjana Thomas
Anjana Thomas
Mar 23, 2019

scary - i hope someone in MHRD is looking at these reports

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