Recently the Government announced a hike in intake of Engineering colleges across India. Many would believe this is a news to rejoice...but is it REALLY??
Is an increase in the intake of engineering colleges a good idea? No, says a top scientific advisor to the prime minister. A PTI report quotes Prof CNR Rao as saying, “"What do we do with all these engineers (in India)? They are not trained; they can't be used". He also said that this year, admissions at engineering colleges in India topped seven lakh, ten times the number in the US, where only 70,000 students are enrolled for such streams annually.
In fact when FaaDoOEngineers dug deeper into the issue we found out that currently we have close to 2500+engineering colleges in India with 9 lakh+ seats. The condition is so bad in some states that a common wisecrack among engineering aspirants there is that every third building is an engineering college!
When AICTE was prodded on the issue all they said was "Demand fuels supply". Apparently that's true as last year very few engineering seats were left vacant. Another reason that is given for allowing so many engineering colleges to mushroom is that "Twenty years ago, merely 1% of aspiring engineers got a seat, now nearly 70% manage to find a place." All this fine, but AICTE must wake up to the reality and realize that merely allowing colleges to mushroom up is not enough, they must also ensure that cutting-edge education is imparted to the students.
In the current scenario, most of the students from B-grade & C-grade colleges and in some cases even A-grade colleges find it difficult to find jobs, even those who land up a job, have to either wait for a long time to get their joining and/or have to undergo rigorous training before they can be absorbed in the organization that has hired them.
A comparison of like-to-like data suggests that the U.S. produces a highly significant number of engineers, computer scientists and information technology specialists, and remains competitive in global markets whereas the Indian software engineer is mainly restricted to doing offshore support work on products already designed and developed.
Isn't it time that our honorary minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal look at the real issue of quality plaguing the Indian engineers rather than allow money-driven private colleges and universities another chance to lure innocent students and their parents with the promise of an engineering degree. We are awaiting your next move Mr.Minister.