Indian Technical Education Needs Wholesale Reform

It is a well-known fact that most Indian technical institutions, particularly private colleges in Tier 2 and 3 cities, have become notorious for issuing degrees with little substance. A high-ranking executive responsible at a prominent staffing firm told me, “Indian engineering colleges simply deliver engineers into the system. The engineers who graduate and come out know certain things which are far from what the industry needs.”

The problem is so acute that a 2017 report released by the employability assessment firm Aspiring Minds found that a whopping 95% of Indian engineering graduates cannot even write or perform basic code, and only under 4% are employable for software roles at startups. As India experienced its own version of the American dot-com bubble in the early 2000s, millions of young men and women in the middle class chose to get their degrees in engineering or computer science, hoping to join the ranks of local outsourcing giants Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, or Infosys. As these companies began hiring hundreds of thousands of young engineers, more and more students aspired to become engineers.

Read the full op-ed in The Times of India here.

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