Now Just 10 Percent Employable Grads in India

By siliconindia   |   Monday, 16 January 2012, 22:39 IST   |    17 Comments
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Bangalore: Only 10 percent graduates are employable! At the 105th convocation ceremony of the University of Pune, Goverdhan Mehta, the Chairman of the National assessment and accreditation council (Naac) said that an innovative approach towards raising employability of graduates passing out of the universities with traditional arts, commerce and science degrees is necessary. While last year former Infosys Chief Narayan Murthy said that only 25 percent of Indian youths are employable and President Praribha Patil said only 15 percent of our boys and girls passing out of college have the skills required to become employable, the percentage seems to have dropped even more this year. This clearly highlights the seriousness of the employment issue among the youth of the nation, which is way below the average performance.

Last year in a similar case reported by the software lobby, Nasscom, pointed that only 25 percent of graduates working in IT were readily employable. The point here would be with so many universities in the country and with lakhs of students passing out each year, what makes it so difficult for them to bag a job?

Mehta was quoted saying “We need out-of-the-box thinking approach to tackle the issue, considering that barely 10 percent of the 30 lakh students, who pass with these degrees every year, are considered employable in today's competitive world," as reported by TOI. He was of the opinion that an apt emphasis is needed to be put on blending skills with education for employment, entrepreneurship development, knowledge and creation of wealth.

Addressing a conference last year, President, Pratibha Patil, was quoted saying, “Its a worrying sign that even though the third largest number of graduates in the world every year is produced in India, only 15 percent of our boys and girls passing out of college have the skills required to become employable! This brings in concerns that students are getting degrees, but not getting employable hands-on skills."

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