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This an article appeared in the Indian Express dt.24.6.13 which deserves to be debated further by our learned members. Some such discussion would have taken place in the forum. This being latest one appropriate to discuss further.


The New Indian Express

24 June 2013

First ever employability audit: Almost half of Indian graduates unemployable

Press Trust of India : New Delhi, Mon Jun 24 2013, 18:04 hrs

The report, which is claimed to be the first ever national audit of employability of 3-year Bachelor\'s degree graduates, drew inferences from data of over 60,000 graduates pan-India, based on Aspiring Minds Computer Adaptive Test (AMCAT). Reuters

India churns out tens of thousands of graduates each year but less than half of them are \"employable\" or possess the basic skills necessary for any industry role, says a report.

According to a report by Aspiring Minds, an employability solutions company, around 47 per cent graduates In India are une

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Dear friends,
The Full text is as follows (please bear with the attachment problem)
India churns out tens of thousands of graduates each year but less than half of them are \"employable\" or possess the basic skills necessary for any industry role, says a report.
According to a report by Aspiring Minds, an employability solutions company, around 47 per cent graduates In India are unemployable for any job.
The report, which is claimed to be the first ever national audit of employability of 3-year Bachelor\'s degree graduates, drew inferences from data of over 60,000 graduates pan-India, based on Aspiring Minds Computer Adaptive Test (AMCAT).
\"The alarming statistics of nearly half of the country\'s graduates not being employable in the knowledge economy needs great attention with interventions at both the school and higher education levels,\" Aspiring Minds co-founder and CTO Varun Aggarwal said.
The employability of graduates varies from 2.59 per cent in functional roles such as

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I have few questions, are we making employability subjective?
Trainable talent is not unemployable. Internships and apprentice are not considered to be employment, but pre-lude to it. Are the employers looking through the lenses that include these facts?

From India, Mumbai
Suresh P

Yes this is a concern.
Many an occasion during the interviews / interactions even with fresh candidates, it was felt whether they are clear about the fundamentals.
It may be because of their inappropriate study process. Most of the time the study takes place only with the objective of getting marks not to learn / understand the subject. Now in the digital world by putting the search word, information will appear in capsule form, take up only as much wanted for exam purpose. (Iím not denying detailed information is not available in the digital world, but takers are less).
Education is a business in today's world, least bothered about the quality of education. So called education providers (business men) as well as education takers (consumers) think of how to get profit out of it.
Many cases students are just aware of concepts or things and not knowledgeable about it. Therefore, such study reports warn us of the deterioration of quality in education.

From India, Pune

Dear All,

I second Mr.Suresh's view.

Many a times in a campus interview we find that students who scored lesser marks than the class toppers faring well in the interview process. Surprisingly class toppers have shown lesser perseverance to solve simple problems (based on their course curriculum) when compared to the others who had scored lesser in the academic stream.

Blaming students alone is not right as Mr.Suresh has pointed out. Mushrooming of educational institutions have led to high rate of attrition among teaching faculties. As students get used to a particular faculty, he/ she leaves the institution. The other teaching faculty of the institution is loaded with the additional burden and he is unable to do justice many a times.

I still grateful to a teacher who took the pain of taking classes in my house for me when I underwent a major surgery when I was in class VI without any monetary expectation in return I doubt whether we will ever find such teachers now.

We have also read news items that states that rank holders in educational institutions find it difficult to crack exams in leading engineering institutions. We also read articles that states that leading banks have recruited Engineers and MBA's for positions in clerical cadre that requires only a Higher secondary qualification.

The reality is parents expect their wards to be at the top of their class. Eventually there can only be one topper in the class. This leads to students following the practice of rote memory which does not add value to them.

As Mr.Suresh has pointed out conceptual learning with emphasis on fundamental basics is the need of the hour and if faculties and educational institutions are able to offer this there will be a change in this trend.


From India, Madras

Education in India is changing but gradually. For eg. in some schools, a child has to compulsarily take up one sport and one music activity each year. I feel a vocational skill needs to be compulsory as well and made part of the curriculum irrespective of the Board or medium of education. Students will pass out with at least one vocational skill that can stand them in good stead and hopefully be a source of employment as well to them in the future.
From India, Khopoli

Dear sir,Every body talks of problems. Experts with superficial and shallow knowledge formulate programmes without responsibilities for implementation
Whatever recommendations are coming ,are kept in cold storage or implemented in half-hearted manner by people without role in formulation.
In the present system Education is not closely linked with problems and issues of life.Universities,colleges,educational institutions run on commercial lines,without many adequately trained teachers.Administrators don\'t bother about emerging needs of the society.Do we educate our young for economic development?Absence of vocational education and Inefficiency in education are killing us.Every one of us has a role to play with honesty

From India, Mumbai


Yes, I agree to the views of the screening institution that the employability of the degree holders has deteriorated a lot. There are good reasons for this deterioration.

1. The institutions are mushrooming. These are being allowed to function without careful monitoring of the educational necessities. Actually the corruption at the political level as well as at beaureaucratic level is the root cause of this low level of education. If you are politically powerful or monetarily powerful, you can get the institution license and there is no check on the availability of proper environments in the institution. This has become a high class business.

2. We are also responsible for this deterioration. We as parents know well that my child is not suitable for the particular professional course. We give underhand amount in the form of donation or some thing else and get the child admitted. This will result in the poor output in this case and some deserving poor student got shunted out due to this action. this is a two pronged action.

3.The level of education has deteriorated to so low level that many engineering colleges, MBA colleges do not get the allowed students enrollments in their colleges. This is correct in Haryana at least.

Make education a standard and not a business. It can be done if political will is there and there is a check on politicians which is quite difficult.

MP Mittal

From India, New Delhi

Dear members,

Many of you presented valid reasons for deterioration in education system and quality of education. My point is what suits a person may not suit another. Both parents and educational institutions are treating children as money minting machines. In good old days, there used to be a gurukul education system, where, not only education but the value and necessity of education also were taught. The present day education system aims at creating unhealthy competition, thereby thrusting upon both parents and students to spend huge money to gain academic degrees, mere academic degrees!

For a nation like India, there is no dearth for knowledge. Every member of this forum agrees that we had great universities like Nalanda and Takshasila, where best education is imparted to pupils from all over the world with free food and accommodation, without expecting anything from the student in return. Why they are not taken as role-models ? Why people forgot their glorious past? Students instead of being advised to concentrate on understanding the subject they study, are encouraged to mug up the texts in educational institutions. Students wake up at 4 AM and study upto 11 PM. Where is the rest for them? Parents and heads of institutions are absolving themselves from their responsibility to groom the students to become good citizens and with good personality development. Due to the stress and conditions they are facing in educational institutions, students are driven to commit suicide. Do parents and preceptors expect the students to go on a suicide mission ? Where is the value addition to the educational system.?

We have a primary, upper primary, higher secondary and collegiate educational system. All these stages of education are commercialized. When the seed itself is not sown properly, how can we expect the tree to give good fruits ? Go to the grass-root level of our educational system. At home, mother and grand parents and in schools, teachers used to narrate the children episodes from our great epics the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Panchatantra and Bhagavatam etc. By listening to Ramayana, Mahabharata and other life transforming topics, the pupils grew into a better human being, thereby transforming themselves and others and leading a purposeful life. The morals of the stories had a great influence on the minds of students and formed the very basis of their life. Now, where is such educational system. We are under western influence, imbibing their culture, not their values (the Westerners have a better value system today). We have given up our Swadharma and embraced Paradharma. Now, it is evident from today's Indian society that everybody wants to become a millionaire or billionaire overnight. This greed to earn money is driving people crazy and the outcome, we lost our direction and purpose in life.

Western educational system is different and business oriented and aimed at adding material value to life, whereas Indian educational system is aimed at adding spiritual values to life.

Let us start listening to some good words from elders and live a purposeful life and add value to every moment of our life. Let us groom our children into knowledge hubs that helps them to become employable. Let us not be copy cats.

There are no better management lessons than Ramayana, Mahabharata and Sri Madbhagavatam and no great teacher than a self-realized person.

With regards,


From India, Vijayawada

Their are number of dimensions to this problem.
1.The foundation:
School years are the years wherein a student develops. If we define a good student we paint a picture of someone who gets above average marks in all the subjects, participant in sports, cultural activities well behaved etc. But the most important thing is getting good marks in \"all\" subjects. How can we expect child to master every subject? He\'ll be interested in some but not all. If he goes by his interest a student may get good marks/grades in science maths(just an example) and may just pass in social sciences or language etc. But then the exam system will mark him as below average student. Because in order to top the classroom you need top marks in \"all\" subject. So the easiest way is to mug the things and write in exams. Use guides, digest, tutions, coaching classes. This after 10 odd years of schooling has become a habit.
1. The perception:
Medical courses have gone beyond the realm of middle and upper mid

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