Carlos Ghosn may have marvelled at India's frugal engineering skills, the fact is that a vast majority of the country's engineering graduates are unemployable.
Many engineering colleges are just churning out deadwood.
Aspiring Minds, a company that works in the field of human resources, last year surveyed 55,000 students who had graduated in 2011; it found that just 17.45 per cent were directly employable in the information technology sector, the biggest recruiter of engineers these days, without any training.
When it came to direct deployment on projects, the number fell sharply to 3.51 per cent.
And in IT product companies, which require higher skill sets, it slid further to 2.68 per cent.
A few days ago, PurpleLeap, a Pearson and Educomp company, released the findings of its survey of 34,000 students from 198 engineering colleges across the country: only one out of ten graduates from Tier 2, 3 and 4 colleges is readily employable, and one-third are unemployable even after training.
The survey, mind you, was restricted to students who had done well academically.
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