With the growing engineering trend in India, a number of engineering colleges in India and the number of engineers coming out of these colleges also increased.
Having understood the education scenario, parents should free themselves of a few myths that surround them, and make a fair decision concerning the future of their ward. One should be a professional such as a doctor, lawyer or engineer to be successful in life. Other degree programmes are not useful.
As the trend goes, most students would like to pursue professional programmes such as medicine and engineering. Since fewer seats are available for medicine, getting an MBBS seat has become extremely difficult and the majority is left with the next popular option—engineering.
In India, engineering as a career has attracted a lot of students in a big way. Every year students in numbers with a dream of becoming future engineers appear for the IIT entrance examination. But due to the low availability of seats, only a few get chances to be a part of these institutes. Those students who are unable to catch up to their dreams of becoming an IITan either paved their way to private engineering colleges or diploma courses.
According to the HRD ministry, India has more than 6,214 engineering and technology institutions which are enrolling 2.9 million students. Around 1.5 million engineers are released into the job market every year. But the dismal state of higher education in India ensures that they simply do not have adequate skills to be employed.
Though the number of universities, colleges and programmes are increasing in the country, the lack of quality education persists. Private engineering colleges know how to throw bait to attract students and as a result, their lack of skill education, resplendent corruption, and the shortage of faculty (both in quantity and quality) are plaguing higher education. Graduates are collecting their degrees despite not being skilled enough to be a productive part of the Indian economy.
The AICTE gave approval to the private colleges once and after they forgot to monitor the standards of these institutes, these institutes become commercialised. In most of the engineering colleges (excluding IIT and NIT), one can easily observe more focus on securing marks and simply to pass semester exams rather than innovation.
A country which produces a maximum number of engineers should be proud for achieving huge benchmark in the shape of new engineers but the plight of majority jobless engineers is an embarrassment to watch.