New Delhi, July 16: In a response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said that as much as 45.29 per cent engineering graduates found jobs through campus placement in academic year 2017-18. He shared that as many as 3,59,193 were placed through campus placement out of a total of 7,92,970 students, who graduated in the year 2017-18.
He further informed that the students who got jobs directly, without undergoing campus placements, who are self-employed and those who had pursued higher studies, are not included in these numbers.
Around 18,000 students placed through campus placement in top institutes
In 2018-19, out of the total 23,298 graduates from Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), as many as 17,946 students were placed through campus placement.
“The employment of engineering graduates is dependent on economic growth and increased employment opportunities as a result of economic activities and hence keeps varying. With Government of India targeting a high growth path, the employment opportunities shall increase,” the minister has been quoted as saying to a national daily.
The Lok Sabha was also informed that new conventional disciplines with low employment potential from the academic year 2020-21 will not be allowed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)- the technical education regulator in the country. Only emerging fields like Artificial Intelligence and Block chain will be permitted by it.
Training given for ‘Make in India’
Engineering students are being trained so that they can be a part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government, said HRD Minister while responding to supplementaries during Question Hour. He also informed that IIT students are employed in 200 of the 500 top companies of the world.
Including compulsory internship for students, the AICTE has taken various steps in order to bridge the gap between industry needs and courses imparted at engineering institutions.
In recent times, AICTE has also come up with recommendations for addressing the issues of capacity utilization and employability of graduates. The gap between engineering education and industry demands has been acknowledged by the ‘Short and Medium Term Perspectives’ report by the Council. It has made certain recommendations ranging from a change in the teaching pedagogy to industry interaction.