Does engineering study fulfill your sky-high dreams??
- Posted by jyoti das
We get to hear a lot of news boasting about the positive area of every field of life and often ignore the negative aspects it leads to. Ignorance doesn’t solve any problem. You all might have heard about the successful career and high scopes in the field of engineering but you must also grasp some amount of knowledge about the unexplored world before you opt for any field or course. Not only is this important for the students who want to pursue a shining bright career in this field, but even for those who are mid-way in this field and also for those who have already completed this course of study with no job in their favour.
People often ponder about the reason that is linked with the increased rate of unemployment in the field of engineering. Despite having a qualified degree and good marks, many students fail to get a job. The main reason for it is the poor education and low standard of the Engineering colleges nowadays. Except for a few well-established colleges which offer the best education facilities, and along with it charge a huge amount of money are way beyond the financial reach of many people in a developing country like India. As a result, they opt for some unauthorized or cheap colleges where the fee is quite low. This leads to a showering of degrees but it also compromises with the skills they require for a productive future.
The students lack in English proficiency and also have poor knowledge in computer programming, which are the least criteria that a company sets up in terms of quality in a concerned graduate. Lack of quality teachers, no regular basis designing of the syllabus, lack of innovative research and skill-based education and lack of proper English skills leads to a faulty education system. And this plays a major role in ruining the future prospects of an aspiring child.
This problem of India’s substandard Engineering education is widely known. But the entire blame cannot be put up on the education system when the students themselves have their hands in this mud pond. Being focused only to acquire a degree and good marks they mug up the entire syllabus, which does bring good scores but in vain. They lack practical idea and productive skill. This might/might not offer them a satisfying job. Moreover, only 6% of the engineering graduates are being hired by the top 10 IT companies because the IT industry wants skills.
Most of the engineering students don’t value engineering. Again AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) wants to close down about 800 engineering colleges across India because they are unable to provide quality education and good academic atmosphere needed by the students and has already approved the progressive closure of more than 410 colleges in India. Moreover, in a recent survey conducted by AISHE, it has come to fore that enrolment in engineering programmes has seen a declining trend. The students can come over this issue with a piece of better and clear knowledge about this stream and searching more in details about the college/university/institution in which they want to get their admission. It not only depends on the type of education and curriculum that you get but also on your own ability and hard work to enhance the skills and education that you get by gaining theoretical knowledge. All that the industrial/IT sector wants in today’s market is a well-skilled, practical and creative employee for their business to go well.
- How much percentage of engineering students get placement in India?
As per the reports, 95% of engineers in the country is not fit for software development jobs 97% of engineer degree holders want jobs either in software engineering or core engineering. However, only 3% have suitable skills to be employed in software or product market, and only 7% are fit for core engineering tasks.
- Why there is so rush for B.Tech but the outcome is so unsatisfactory?
Education experts suggest students don’t always sign up for engineering courses just to become engineers but in reality, most of them are not passionate about their profession. They don’t enter into this field to start designing new engines for cars, developing a new gazette, building the next big software giant or taking part in the “Digital India” programme. Most of them simply want a job- any job or a job with the government. Whereas the eligibility criteria to apply for a government job is a ‘graduation degree’. Which costs hardly Rs. 4000 to 5000 for 3 years and engineering costs Rs. 4 lakhs to 10 lakhs and the fee varies from institution to institutions, still students prefer engineering because they believe that the employers consider an engineering degree holder as more talented and capable compared to those who don’t possess one, regardless of whether the qualification has any direct relevance or implication for the job.
- What are the reasons behind the job scarcity in engineering in India?
Lack of jobs
The ratio of the number of engineers produced in India is inversely proportional to the number of jobs generated for these professionals.
Lack of practical knowledge
The engineering curriculum in India is more focused on theoretical aspect than practical knowledge
Poor quality of education
Engineering institutions have turned out to be one of the profitable businesses in our country as a result of which thousands of private institutions are springing up everywhere. But the quality of education is degrading day by day. Even the institutions often fail to upgrade their curriculums and give practical knowledge to the students.
How to get a job immediately after completion of engineering?
- Develop a passion for engineering and practical implementation of engineering knowledge.
- Whatever you are studying go to the depth and make concepts clear.
- The most important thing that will improve your chances of getting a job in engineering is work experience. Join short-term internship programmes along with your studies.
- Prepare for aptitude and develop some soft skills along with your studies. Because these are the thing which is going to help you to create a good impression in your interviews.
- Do extra courses relevant to your subject to keep yourself one step ahead of the crowd.
- Make your CV Professional and impressive. But don’t write anything fake and untrue in your CV.
- If your college does not provide the placements then you better start looking for a trusted placement company near you.
What I can do after B.Tech?
Placement: This is one of the best options if you are not interested in pursuing further studies.
Masters: M.Tech is the next step that allows you to select your field of expertise and excel in it. Specialization in a particular field will provide an edge during job interviews.
MBA: Have you ever felt that engineering was not your cup of tea? It is still not too late to switch over to the business side. You can go for MBA degrees after engineering. As a result of which you can work in the management team in the corporate world.
Diploma Courses: If you don’t want to go for 2 years M.Tech, then you can opt for short-term courses or diplomas to add some specialized educational qualification to your resume.
Entrepreneurship: Starting off your own business is also a great option after completing your B.Tech. This option gives you the freedom to express your creativity and ideas.
Civil Service Examination: For engineering graduates, there is the IES in addition to the civil services one. If you are interested in a government job, then start preparing for the civil service examinations. Apart from this, you can apply for other government jobs too.
What are the things to keep in mind while choosing a good engineering college?
- UGC recognition or AICTE affiliation
- Ranking of the institution
- Reputation of the institution
- Placement record
- Legacy & Reputation of the institution
- Fee of the institution
- Student-faculty ratio
- Quality of students joining the institution.
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