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Why are Indian Engineers not employable?

80% of Indian engineering graduates not employable, says survey The survey added that US job applicants have better coding skills than Indian and Chinese candidates.  Approximately 80 per cent of Indian engineering graduates are not employable in the current knowledge-driven economy, according to a survey.

The survey titled “National Employability report engineers annual report 2019” has been conducted by employability solutions company Aspiring Minds. It is based on a sample of more than 170,000 engineering students from over 750 engineering colleges.  Close to 90.92 percent of graduating engineers from India lack the required programming and algorithm skills required to work in IT product companies, the survey added. Software engineers have a very low employability rate, with only 16.25 per cent are employable in IT services and 3.4 per cent in IT product companies

 The report noted that only 9.9 per cent of engineering graduates in India can code correctly, as opposed to 34.1 per cent in the US. In China, only 8.6 per cent of engineering graduates can code with a few errors.

Close to 37.7 percent of engineers in India cannot write code that can be compiled by software, far behind 4.1 percent seen in the US and 10.4 per cent in China. “Interestingly, the base of engineering population in the USA is approximately four times smaller than India. In the global talent war, India needs to significantly up its game in IT skills,” the survey said.

​The percentage of engineers employable in new-age skills such as artificial intelligence (AI), mobile, and web development ranges from 1.2-5.3 per cent.

 “In a world where AI is being increasingly used and helping businesses become differentiated and efficient, this is a big concern. The US and China are marching ahead in AI and India needs to develop a critical mass of engineers with AI skills,” the survey said.

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