Only 25% engineering graduates are employable
The Indian IT industry is expected to grow at 16.3 percent and reach $225 billion by 2020 from the present $69 billion. However, the projections could go awry if the knowledge and skill sets of engineering graduates are not able to meet the industry requirements. According to Kiran Karnik, former NASSCOM chief and present member of Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, only 25 percent of fresh engineering graduates are directly employable, as the current education system has not been updated as per the modern requirements. This calls for a coordinated effort by the IT industry and academia for making fresh engineering graduates employable. The industry, on its part, needs to convey what are the necessary contents to be included in the curriculum and the academia can support the same by implementing it in true spirits.