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Campus placements come under a cloud

The Hindu | Mohamed Imranullah S |  Chennai , October 14, 2017 |

HC poses questions to six IT firms

The Madras High Court has called for details regarding placements in engineering colleges after suspecting that most campus interviews were conducted only with the aim of boosting the image of the colleges and gaining more admissions than getting the students placed in good companies. Passing interim orders in a related case, Justice N. Kirubakaran said: “This court cannot ignore the serious allegations of certain corrupt practices against some of the private colleges and companies and this court is of the view that a mechanism should be evolved even for conducting campus interviews for recruitment.” He later posed a set of seven questions to top six IT firms in the country and sought their reply by October 23. The questions thrown to them were: “How many campus interviews had been conducted from 2010 to 2017 in various engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu? How many colleges and what are the names of the colleges which were chosen for holding campus interviews by the private respondents? What is the yardstick followed by the private respondents while selecting the colleges for conducting such campus interviews?

“How many students have been selected in such campus interviews conducted from the year 2010 to 2017 and the list of those students? (year wise, college wise and company wise particulars to be furnished). Out of selected candidates, how many of them have been given placement orders? (year wise, college wise and company wise particulars to be furnished).  “Is it a fact that certain colleges are chosen for campus interviews only to boost the image of the concerned college and for admitting more students, as more than 500 colleges are located within Tamil Nadu? Whether Anna University is aware of this kind of allegations made against the multi national companies and the engineering colleges?” The judge also directed National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) to file a report from 2010 to 2017 on surveys conducted by it about the employability of engineering graduates and the opportunities available for them. – Courtesy

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AICTE ties-up with Youth4work to help 8M Youth showcase their skills to get Jobs

India Education Diary | |

Delhi: All India Council of Technical Education, under which more than 10,300 technical institutions & about 80 Lac students are regulated, today signed an MOU with Youth4work.com, a leading assessment and Skill profiling portal in India which has over 21 Lac Youth across India tested and profiled for their skills. The aim of the MOU is to get all students under AICTE to get access to Youth4work’s Skill based test online for Building their skill profiles and get Internship & Job opportunities. All AICTE approved institutes & students studying in 1st years to Final year will benefit from this collaboration. Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of AICTE says, “The need of imparting right skills for institutes and finding the right person with skills for employers is one of the key challenges that India faces in this era. The platform with its unique way of skill based testing & profiling technology for youth is a powerful way to address this need.” “Now all Students can give an online talent test on Youth4work, which builds their online skill profile and enables thousands of employers to find and contact them based on the skills for the internships and Jobs that they have. We encourage all institutes and students across India to build their profiles and showcase the skills directly to the recruiters associated with us.
Rachit Jain, CEO of Youth4work says, “Being an engineer myself, I really believe that there is no dearth of Skills in Indian Institutes, The challenge for every student in India is to identify his/her own talent and showcase it in front of the world. India has 16 Lac technical students graduating every year, which is more than population of most cities across the world. The problem that companies are facing today is to find the right person for the right job with the right skill set and that’s what Youth4work is trying to do by showcasing the uniqueness and skills in front of employers” “We believe that every person is unique and employable. Our technology and assessments allows students to give any of the 500+ skill test that we have online and get ranked. More than 20 Lac youth globally have built their profile and over 12,000 employers use our platform. With this tie-up we aim to profile 10 Million Youth across India in the next 18 months” With governments initiative like Digital India, Startup India and Skill India and the focus of AICTE on Providing Skill based outcomes and trying to improve quality of education, this is an interesting development which has powerful use of tech that allow Millions of Youth in India to be publically profiled, searchable & contactable for their skills. It provides a platform to the students across the nation even from remote towns to showcase themselves. Hopefully we will see extensive participation from all institutes under AICTE in this. –

AICTE Circular : http://www.aicte-india.org/downloads/aicte_mou_youth4work_12_9_17.PDF

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HireMee’s Skill Testing App Connects Graduates with Employers

India Education Diary | |

Bengaluru: HireMee, a digital portal and mobile application, has joined hands with All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to connect thousands of recruiters with tens of thousands of students spread across mini metros and deep interiors of the country with the first of its kind skill testing recruitment platform. Under the agreement HireMee will provide its unique placement solution to students of colleges and institutions affiliated to AICTE. The Council will, in turn, support HireMee to expand the scope of its portal and app by helping expand its reach among AICTE accredited institutions. Dr Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of AICTE, said, “HireMee is a dream come true app for the youth looking for jobs. By locating the right candidate for a job, HireMee will not only bridge the “recruiter-student” gap but will also contribute to employment generation in the country especially the rural literate population. The MOU was vetted by AICTE teams to assess its value to the student community.”

Mr Chocko Valliappa, Founder, HireMee said, “We aim to flip the current recruitment model where most recruiters work on tight budget visiting only a handful of top ranked institutes in the respective field for campus placement. Students from other lesser known and far off institutes are left out of the campus placement. We have lots of brilliant students in these institutes and we want all of them to realize their potential to the fullest. HireMee does not charge students for accessing its portal and app and at the same time ensure that they get jobs commensurate with their skills and capabilities.” The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between AICTE and HireMee was signed by Dr Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE and Mr Chocko Valliappa, Founder, HireMee in the presence of and senior officials from AICTE and NASSCOM at New Delhi on Tuesday at New Delhi.

Recruiters to get Skill Assessment Score in pre-assessed student profile
HireMee conducts free skill assessments for students by giving them a 7-digit score that goes into their pre-assessed profiles. Students can upload their video profiles through the mobile app. These two features provide the recruiter with a detailed analytics of each candidate. The employers can then shortlist candidates directly from the HireMee website or mobile app. Mr Chocko Valliappa added, “We aspire to conduct one million job assessments in 2017-18 so as to generate 100,000 jobs by 2018 end. The MOU with AICTE will help us move a step ahead and help us bridge the “recruiter-student” gap.

Helping companies Discover Their Diamonds
HireMee, a social enterprise of Vee Technologies, a Bengaluru and New York based strategic services company, grooms and channelizes the young minds to achieve their career dreams and helps the recruiters get pre-assessed candidates. Since opportunities for campus placement in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities are limited the students have to hunt for job often ending up with one that is ill-suited to them. HireMee aspires to connect millions of students across India with a wide range of recruiting companies.

HireMee Advantages

• Direct connect
Connects recruiters with students and colleges faster and with ease
• Video profile
Minimizes assessment time
• Pre assessment
Students Knowledge, Skill and Personality shine
• Minimal logistics
We go to hundreds of institutions saving everyone time and money
• Higher Reach
Thousands of companies connect to millions of students – Courtesy  /

AICTE MoU : http://www.aicte-india.org/downloads/aicte_mou_HireMee12_9_17.PDF        /      https://hiremee.co.in/

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India’s largest Employability Skills Test by Wheebox launched in association with AICTE, UNDP and CII

India Education Diary | 

Leading Employability Assessment Company Wheebox in association with premier consortium partners AICTE, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Pearson Education and India’s leading HR technology outsourcing firm PeopleStrong launched India’s largest Employability Skills Test across 29 states and 7 UTs on the occasion of ‘World Skills Day’. The final year graduates, post-graduates and diploma holders from engineering, polytechnic, ITIs, state-run colleges & management schools can take part in the Wheebox Employability Test (WEST). The registration for online assessment for educational campuses commences on 15th of July on wheebox.com/west and last date of conducting proctored examinations across campuses will be 30th October, 2017. Students can register online at wheebox.com/west and take an online test measuring individual abilities in numerical and problem solving skills along with English, basics of information technology (IT), and behavioral traits. The duration of the online test is 70 minutes and is available in both Hindi and English. The assessment test provides initial transcript and detailed scorecards for each module to the candidate highlighting the strengths and improvement areas. These scores are shared with 110 organizations across 10 Sectors in India aiming to give the candidates a snapshot of their capability.

In a span of 100 days over 5000 campuses and a million of candidates will make it the largest study on employability anywhere in the world. Last year the study encompassed over half a million candidates from talent supply and from demand side over 150 large corporations from 15 sectors participated in the study. The employability test attempts to make a meaningful matchmaking between talent demand and supply for the job market. The study and findings will be part of India Skills Report 2018 which will be published during Global Skills Summit on November. Speaking on this occasion Nirmal Singh, Founder and CEO of Wheebox said, “Last year over 30,000 new employment opportunities were provided to young graduates from campuses as an outcome of the initiative. This partnership brings a new dimension and understanding to the way India and the global world looks at hiring skilled talent. The report provides an insight into the future jobs and skills required by employers also the hiring trends of the market while understanding the needs of the job seeker and organizations”. “Our past reports have been stating that businesses are struggling to recruit the right people, with a lack of general employability skills including soft skills such as communication, learning agility and team work cited as the primary problem (64 percent). This sentiment may dampen business productivity, ultimately threatening future growth and profitability; India Skills report addresses this concern and enables the academia and industry to make informed decisions.” – Courtesy  /    Click here to register for Wheebox Employability Skill Test

Amid IT layoffs, BITS Pilani gets jobs for 86 per cent students with highest offer of Rs 60 lakh

Business Today | BT Online   New Delhi | July 18, 2017  |

At a time when India’s IT industry is facing massive layoffs, it has been reported that one of the country’s top engineering colleges BITS Pilani managed to get 86 per cent of the overall batch placed this year with some of its students getting as much as Rs 60 lakh per annum. According to a report in the Economic Times, BITS Pilani secured an average salary of Rs 11.07 lakh against Rs 10.33 lakh last year. “The highest on-campus international package of Rs 60 lakh was offered by Tokyo-based Works Application, one of Japan’s largest enterprise software companies,” the report said. Another Japanese company Daikin offered a package of Rs 59.5 lakh. For domestic roles, the highest salary was Rs 35 lakh which was offered by California based cloud computing software company Nutanix. Other highest payers include Schlumberger (Rs 32 lakh), Arcesium (Rs 29.5 lakh), DE Shaw (Rs 28.5 lakh), Amazon (Rs 27 lakh) and Directi (Rs 26.8 lakh). Chief placement officer-India & Dubai at BITS Pilani University G Balasubramanian told the ET that the university’s three campuses-Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad-saw a total of 646 recruiters, 38 more than the last year. He further said keeping the overall hiring environment in mind, the institute had advanced its placement season by a week across semesters to gain an advantage.

“Attractive slots in the dream week helped us garner a good market share of our key recruiters. Also, shifting our focus on core engineering and analytics in 2017 versus IT in the previous years proved critical in surpassing last year’s numbers,” Balasubramanian was quoted as saying. Earlier in May, software companies like Cognizant, Wipro and Infosys reportedly laid off employees on a massive scale. The move came after the growth in India’s 150-billion dollar IT industry slowed down more than anticipated. Country’s apex trade body ASSOCHAM had warned about industry’s growth prospect in May and said: “Aggravated by rising rupee leading to lower realizations for software exports, the Indian IT firms may be forced to displace work force. In that case, the chances of layoffs are real.” Barely a week after this warning, country’s third largest software services firm Wipro fired hundreds of employees as part of its annual “performance appraisal”. Wipro laid off around 600 employees, while many predicted that number to go as high as 2,000. – Courtesy

India’s top tech firms lose appeal for engineering students

Money. CNN .com |     July 5, 2017  |

India’s top tech companies are becoming less appealing for the millions of engineers the country produces every year.

Three of the country’s top outsourcing firms all dropped in the latest annual ranking of the most attractive employers for Indian engineering students by research firm Universum. The top 10 was dominated by American tech giants like Google  and Microsoft .  “The growing presence of multinational [companies] in the last few years has seen them replace domestic ones” among the top choices, said Daniel Ng, Universum’s head of research for Asia. Companies such as Facebook and Apple  are perceived as offering a more “creative and dynamic work environment” than their Indian rivals, he added. In the survey, IT firm Infosys fell out of the top 10 for the first time, slipping to 13th from 9th last year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country’s biggest outsourcing company, slid from 14th to 18th. Bangalore-based Wipro sank from 17th to 25th.  In fact, only two Indian companies — infrastructure firm Larsen & Toubro and government-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) — made it into the top 10.

India’s top tech companies are becoming less appealing for the millions of engineers the country produces every year. Three of the country’s top outsourcing firms all dropped in the latest annual ranking of the most attractive employers for Indian engineering students by research firm Universum. The top 10 was dominated by American tech giants like Google  and Microsoft . “The growing presence of multinational [companies] in the last few years has seen them replace domestic ones” among the top choices, said Daniel Ng, Universum’s head of research for Asia. Companies such as Facebook and Apple  are perceived as offering a more “creative and dynamic work environment” than their Indian rivals, he added. In the survey, IT firm Infosys fell out of the top 10 for the first time, slipping to 13th from 9th last year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country’s biggest outsourcing company, slid from 14th to 18th. Bangalore-based Wipro sank from 17th to 25th. In fact, only two Indian companies — infrastructure firm Larsen & Toubro and government-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) — made it into the top 10.

It doesn’t help that Indian students remain obsessed with working abroad. While most millennials around the world put “work/life balance” as their top career goal, young Indians’ main objective is to work outside their own country, Universum said. Out of the 29,000 Indian students surveyed, 43% said they wanted “to have an international career,” the research firm added. It seems to be getting tougher for firms like Infosys and Wipro to offer them that  opportunity.  More than 60% of the Indian tech industry’s revenue comes from the U.S., where President Trump is pushing his “America First” agenda. Trump has demanded a comprehensive review of the H-1B work visa program, saying it is unfairly used to replace Americans with cheaper foreign workers. Infosys, TCS and Wipro are among the top recipients of H-1B visas, 70% of which go to Indians.  Infosys recently said it will hire 10,000 American workers over the next two years, while TCS has cut its H-1B visa applications by two-thirds.

It doesn’t help that Indian students remain obsessed with working abroad. While most millennials around the world put “work/life balance” as their top career goal, young Indians’ main objective is to work outside their own country, Universum said. Out of the 29,000 Indian students surveyed, 43% said they wanted “to have an international career,” the research firm added. It seems to be getting tougher for firms like Infosys and Wipro to offer them that opportunity. More than 60% of the Indian tech industry’s revenue comes from the U.S., where President Trump is pushing his “America First” agenda. Trump has demanded a comprehensive review of the H-1B work visa program, saying it is unfairly used to replace Americans with cheaper foreign workers. Infosys, TCS and Wipro are among the top recipients of H-1B visas, 70% of which go to Indians. Infosys recently said it will hire 10,000 American workers over the next two years, while TCS has cut its H-1B visa applications by two-thirds.  Other popular destinations for Indian tech workers like the U.K. and Australia have also enacted policies that make it harder for them to move there. Ng said it is “certainly possible” that the opposition to work visas has contributed to India’s tech firms being deemed less attractive as employers.

But it’s not just big outsourcing companies that Indian engineers don’t want to work for. They’re also losing interest in high-flying startups at home in favor of global competitors. Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart is also becoming a place where fewer engineers want to work, according to Universum. It ranked 33rd in this year’s survey, a sharp drop from 18th a year ago. Amazon, which is challenging Flipkart in India, broke into the top 10 for the first time, rising to 8th place from 13th. U.S. tech firms also top the list for Indian business students, accounting for three of the top five choices.  Indian students’ preferences contrast with those of their counterparts in China, where a Universum survey last month showed students increasingly favoring homegrown companies over international ones. U.S. tech firms also top the list for Indian business students, accounting for three of the top five choices. Indian students’ preferences contrast with those of their counterparts in China, where a Universum survey last month showed students increasingly favoring homegrown companies over international ones. But it’s not just big outsourcing companies that Indian engineers don’t want to work for. They’re also losing interest in high-flying startups at home in favor of global competitors. Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart is also becoming a place where fewer engineers want to work, according to Universum. It ranked 33rd in this year’s survey, a sharp drop from 18th a year ago. Amazon, which is challenging Flipkart in India, broke into the top 10 for the first time, rising to 8th place from 13th. Other popular destinations for Indian tech workers like the U.K. and Australia have also enacted policies that make it harder for them to move there. Ng said it is “certainly possible” that the opposition to work visas has contributed to India’s tech firms being deemed less attractive as employers. –  Courtesy     /      Take a Loot at – India’s Most Attractive Employers – Trends and Rankings by Universum     /       http://universumglobal.com/

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AIB’s Video: This clip is for every engineering student who tries to get a job but fails each time

Newsable | By Rushali Pawar | June 20, 2017  |

  • The video series focuses on an average engineering student who struggles to get a job after four years.
  • During campus placement, he is told to speak English, a requirement so elitist in nature that it disregards other skills.
  • The video’s protagonist, Average Mishra, says that he’s realised engineering is a sham and the dream of a high paying job is a bigger sham.
 All India Bakchod’s new video series is a beautiful drama on the frustration and the sheer misfortune of those who don’t get placed during campus recruitment. The three part video series lists bizarre reasons why engineering students don’t get a job no matter how hard they try. The reasons for their rejection does not indicate how qualified or not they are. Instead, they are denied a job because they didn’t pass a written test or talk in a group discussion. In the third part of the video series, Average Mishra (Neveen Polishetty), who spends all his time playing counter strike and being zoned out, basically like any other engineering student, doesn’t get through campus recruitment.

At one point, he gives up, sits on the front steps to what looks like an important building, and rues. He is beyond sad when a college mate gives him a glimmer of hope: he’s actually made it through group discussion. What follows is a series of pointless discussions, technical interview questions that don’t test a student’s skill. He manages to make it through these challenges and finally, he enters a personal interview round which is anything but personal.

Mishra is told over and over again that he needs to speak English. This requirement is so elitist that this college student loses it, argues why he’s not comfortable speaking in a language that’s not native to him, or for many others who are comfortable only speaking their mother-tongue. This average dude in a nameless, faceless engineering college in India isn’t the only one who has gone through this. Almost every engineering student has had to face logic defying questions during interviews and has had to respond them with equally confusing answers.

What AIB does skilfully in their video series is this: they take a humanistic view of the plight of engineering students, who struggle through college to land a high paying job, only to realise that the dream they were sold was a sham. This video series is really a tribute to engineering students in India. It makes them believe that a college education or job in the IT sector doesn’t determine one’s talent. The video series is also a tribute to the engineers, and engineering  drop outs at AIB, who have gone against the norm and pursued a creative career, remaining true to themselves. – Courtesy

Job-starved B.E / B.Tech engineering graduates vie for law degree (LLB course)

The Times of India | Gokul Rajendran | TNN |  Jun 8, 2017 |  Job-starved engineering graduates vie for law degree  |

TRICHY: The waning employment opportunities for engineering graduates have led many of them to look for greener pastures as lawyers. What seems to have lured them as well as graduates from other fields to the legal profession are the growing job opportunities for law graduates in both government and private sector. For instance, 20 % of admissions to the three-year LLB course at Government Law College in Trichy are from among BE and BTech holders. “Around 40 to 60 students with engineering background have been joining the three-year LLB course for the past three years. The trend emerged from the 2014-15 academic year not only in Trichy but all government colleges across the state,” principal of government law college, Trichy, M Rajeswaran, told TOI on Wednesday. The trend has been continuing this year also with a good number of engineering graduates turning up to secure application forms on the first day it was issued, he said.

The attraction towards a law degree, particularly the three-year LLB course, emanated from the bright career opportunities it seemed to offer. At present, the college has 130 engineering graduates enrolled altogether in the three years of the LLB course. Most of them graduated in electrical and electronics, civil or computer science. “People have come out of the perception that the lawyer can only practise in courts for the litigants. They have become aware of the career options for a law degree in private and government sector. For example, many young law graduates have become judicial officers in lower courts. While many take up law for a good income, others choose it for an independent profession and reputation too,” said Principal Rajeswaran stating that IT industries and hospitals are looking for permanent legal advisers.  Some people secure a law degree to strengthen their business. J Hariharan, a BE civil who completed his first year LLB, needed a law degree for his construction profession. “I inherited my father’s construction business which needs legal expertise. Instead of depending on others, I joined the course,” said Hariharan who secured his BE from Anna University, Trichy.

 Female candidates with engineering degree also had an equal stake. “My daughter went for LLB in a private college before joining BE. Later, she joined BE and completed the course. The job she secured after BE was not attractive. So, she joined for LLB in Trichy government law college. She would practise in the court,” said advocate S Raju, the father of R Deepika. Social problems and sufferings of the poor also served as reasons for some engineering graduates to take up legal studies. “I worked for a year in my field but was not satisfied. I have abandoned the plan to pursue ME due to an uncertain future. Above all, the problems haunting the society made me think of pursuing law to empower myself to help others,” said G Suganya from Perambalur who completed her first year in LLB here after BE civil engineering at a college in Chennai.  On Wednesday, 596 applications for the five-year LLB and 283 applications for three-year LLB courses were sold on the first day of sale of application.  Across Tamil Nadu, 1,292 seats are available for the five-year LLB course and 1,502 seats for the three-year course.- Courtesy

IT companies may recruit M.Tech engineers only – T.V. Mohandas Pai

Crazy Engineers | By Kaustubh Katdare in ‘Engineering Jobs & Career Advice’ | 07 June 2017 | Opinion |

IT veteran, former Infosys board member and CFO has a ‘shocker’ for all the graduate engineers. TV Mohandas Pai has said that in near future, IT companies might ‘cold shoulder’ engineers with BE or B.Tech degress and may recruit only those with post-graduate degree. He advised all the engineering students that they should do specialisation, learn coding on their own and may consider taking extra classes to learn it. He reasoned that Indian IT companies are likely to hire engineers on the basis of their coding knowledge. Pai believes that the regular practice of hiring engineering graduates straight out of campus and then training them for several weeks before making them ‘project-ready’ will be done away with. He said that there’s no reason for the companies to invest time and efforts for the companies to train graduate engineers. Rather, they’d only hire those who have the knowledge of coding; and it’s going to be a mandatory requirement for future IT jobs.

Pai termed the non-improvement of engineering freshers salary in the recent years as ‘great tragedy’. The IT industry is not growing at a fast pace. The industry has seen a great increase in the supply of engineers but the demand hasn’t grown in equal proportion. He said that the global IT spending is expected to grow only 2% in the current year as compared to 3-4% in the past; which is bound to have an impact. Not even China can absorb close to a million engineers that India produces every year. The IT industry is expected to absorb only about 150,000 – 170,000 engineers in this year. Some of the reports indicate that the fresher salary in IT industry has grown only from 2.25 lakh per annum to 3.5 lakh in past few years. He further said that the big IT industries are taking advantage of oversupply of engineers by not talking to each other about not increasing fresher salaries. Pai rubbished the rumours of mass IT layoffs and a general slowdown in the IT industry. He referred all the reports in the media as ‘exaggerated’ because every year, about 1-2% of the bottom ( non-performers ) are shown the pink slip. We’d look forward to opinions from our fellow engineers about what Mr. Pai said. Do let us know through comments below. – Courtesy

Not just grades, even soft skills count in job market: Leadburg-MTHR survey

The Times of India | Aditi Gyanesh | TNN |  Jun 7, 2017 |

Bengaluru: Gone are the days when impressive scores alone could land one a job in a multinational firm. Employers are now looking beyond maths and science grades to assess whether a candidate fits the bill. Soft skills like ability to learn and communicate, goal-setting and writing proficiency are as essential as subject knowledge.  HR professionals questioned as part of the latest Leadburg-MTHR Soft-Skills Priorities in Employability Survey said non-cognitive behavioural skills are as important as domain and technical skills. However, prospective employees focus only on domain skills because they think only those are required for a job.  But employers believe otherwise. According to them, domain skills can be imparted through training, but without core behavioural skills like learning ability, adaptability, loyalty and creativity, the process becomes very tough.  Three-fourth of the 100-odd HR professionals and chief human resource officers (CHROs) questioned said the poor quality of education in engineering and technical colleges and faculty affects candidates’ ability to meet the requirements of companies.  “The survey was about entry and mid-level employees. In recent times, both these groups of people have been under immense pressure to show their worth. While at the entry-level, only 5% of the professionals are really employable, the mid-level segment faces retrenchment and relearning pressures. Thus, it is important make beginners realize the need for non-cognitive skills, which they often ignore. The survey shows the demands of companies,” said Sangeeth Varghese, founder of Leadburg which jointly conducted the survey with MTHR.  The deteriorating quality of fresh graduates has been reinforced by other surveys too. Of the 1.5 million students graduating every year, only about 5% (75,000) are really employable. Only around one lakh land jobs.
“The quality of education is deteriorating by the day, including in the engineering field. As far as engineering recruitments are concerned, there should be a national employability test for students who have completed the course and want to get employed, on the lines of GATE for MTech students. This will make students take engineering courses seriously,” said Venugopal KR, principal, University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering.  Experts also regret the lack of creativity and in-depth learning in the classroom. “When it comes to cracking interviews, students often fail because they lack technical knowledge about the product and how it can be improved. Soft skills are as important as other skills and we have a dedicated session on soft skills once a week,” said Dr Sanjay Chitnis, principal, CMR Institute of Technology.   Soft-skill trainer Swathi M said, “Students who are serious about recruitment know the importance of soft-skill training and take it seriously. Many even go for 6-10 months of training before the placement drive.”
Karnataka lags behind
Stakeholders in Karnataka point out the systemic deficiencies affecting the quality of fresh graduates. “We follow the VTU system where the syllabus is the same for students from both rural and urban areas, despite their requirements being different. Rural students are taught everything in the urban context and hence, don’t get a chance to resolve problems specific to them. As far as technological exposure is concerned, we are not on a par with other states like Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh. Our syllabus is very old and needs a revamp. In AP, students get more exposure to technology,” said Nageswara Guptha, vice-principal, SVCE College.
What recruiters want

*Hard skills for entry-level employees, soft skills for mid-level candidates.

*Ability to learn, responsibility and commitment top-three attributes for entry-level candidates.
*Communication skills, credibility and ability to set goals top-three attributes for mid-level employees .  – Source: Leadburg-MTHR survey – Courtesy