KOCHI: Believe it or not. More than 80 per cent of those passing out from engineering colleges in the state are not fit for employment, according to a study conducted among engineering graduates by an educational research organisation.
Despite reports of diminishing quality of education, Kerala has found a place in the Top 25 percentile with Bihar,Jharkhand, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Orissa. Delhi continues to produce the highest number of employable engineers. States with the highest employability percentages were placed in the top 25 percentile. While Bihar, Jharkhand and Delhi retained positions in the report in previous years, Kerala and Orissa are the new entrants in the Top 25 percentile.
The findings are in the National Employability Report by Aspiring Minds, based on a study of more than 1,50,000 engineering students from over 650 engineering colleges who had graduated in 2015.
On the quality of education in colleges, it was found that over 70 pc of employable candidates for any role were on campuses other than the top 100 institutions.
‘‘Quality of education in top-ranked colleges falls steeply which implies that colleges that are close in ranking have significant difference in the quality of education. We found almost 41 pc of employable candidates for IT Services companies and 18% of employable candidates for IT Product companies are enrolled on campuses ranked beyond the top 750, thus forming an invisible pool to most employers in India,’’ the report said. According to Varun Aggarwal, CTO of Aspiring Minds, it is quintessential that undergraduate programmes are made more job-centric along with improving standards. ‘‘Engineering has become the de facto graduate degree for a large chunk of students today. With government initiatives such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ gaining momentum, we hope the National Employability Report 2015 can provide significant insight into the quality of talent in India and help in steering the youth towards job readiness,’’ Varun Aggarwal said.