English, The Achilles' Heel of TS Students

Published: 12th May 2015 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2015 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: With growing competition for employment, better communication skills and practical knowledge in respective fields have become essential for students. But unfortunately, many students in Telangana still have a lot to improve, particularly their skills, according to a survey.

Despite being strong in core subjects, many students are lagging behind in grabbing job opportunities owing to their poor communication skills and practical knowledge in their respective fields, a recent survey by the Rajiv Education and Employment Mission (REEM) and Telangana State Skill Mission (TSSM) revealed.

Interesting facts from the survey also revealed that students are not properly trained in certain essential parameters to compete for jobs in both government and private sectors. The students in higher education, especially technical education, are very poor in communicating in English, which is very essential in  campus placements and job interviews.  The online survey posed some of the basic questions in communication, decision-making skills, analytical and verbal communication skills to around 12,000 students from across the state. Students from SSC, Intermediate, polytechnic and ITI to degree and PG took part in the survey,  REEM officials said.

The survey also included some of the most frequently asked interview questions by several top corporate companies. When the surveyors set ‘eight points’ as the maximum score,  none of the participants could earn cent per cent. Average score of the students was only 4.33 points.

Other findings suggested that learning level among SSC students was much better than that of graduates and post-graduates. Students from technical courses have better skills than students from general courses, the survey points out. Students from Adilabad district topped in communication skills.

All the state universities in Telangana have students from Telugu medium background. But none of them except Osmania University (OU) have a facility to train students in soft skills and English language skills. The Center for English language training (CELT) at OU is one of the very few institutes in Telangana offering courses in communication skills for minimal fees.


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