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Only 20% of graduating engineers in India are employable: Study

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New Delhi: Highlighting the gap that exists between technical education imparted by the colleges and the employability of the students who pass out of them, a new study says that only 20% of the engineering graduates in India are employable.

Every year, thousands of students graduate out of engineering colleges, but it appears that more than 80% of them do not have the necessary skills and talents that would make them employable, says the latest Aspiring Minds National Employability Report.

The report is based on a study conducted in 650 engineering colleges across India involving more than 1,50,000 students who had passed out in 2015.

Varun Aggarwal, the CTO of Aspiring Minds said: “”Engineering has become the de-facto graduate degree for a large chunk of students today. However, along with improving the education standards, it is quintessential that we evolve our undergraduate programs to make them more job centric.”

Among the states, Kerala and Odisha were among the top 25 percentile list of most employable states. Delhi, followed by Bengaluru were among the top cities who generated the highest number of employable engineers, as per the report.

The report also showed that employability among men and women were equal, though employability of women were higher in few sectors like BPO, content developer, sales engineer, etc.

Another interesting aspect revealed by the report was that, contrary to popular belief, even tier-III cities produced a fair share of employable engineers. Thus, the report suggested that these candidates from tier-III companies could possibly fulfill the entry-level needs of many IT service companies. (Photo: www.huffingtonpost.ca)

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  • ProjectHindi: Making India Employable Through Online Free Education

    India – ProjectHindi, an online
    e-learning portal for imparting free education in Hindi, continues to
    revolutionize and equip hard-working Indians with access to important classes
    and courses in their native tongue. Designed to make India more employable
    through an easy to use online platform, ProjectHindi is completely free and
    self-paced, viewable on any electronic device, and backed by responsive
    instructors ready to answer any questions or inquires.

    “My
    passion for disseminating free and accessible education to anyone interested in
    India knows no boundaries,” said Prateek Singh, Creator and Founder of
    ProjectHindi. “ProjectHindi is the first free platform of its nature, solely
    dedicated to providing education and coursework on employability skills in
    demand in India. It’s my goal to close the loophole between vacant jobs, and
    hard-working individuals without the skillsets necessary to excel.”

    Currently,
    courses on Javascript, XML, Microsoft Excel, HTML, CSS, job interviews,
    numerology, and many more are available in Hindi on ProjectHindi. Lessons are
    designed to be learning friendly and are broken down into bit sizes, conducive
    to successful absorption processes. Instructors are readily available to bring
    pupils up to speed on the course progress and answer any questions regarding
    the site.

    “There
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    talented members of our community,” said Singh. “The learning gap continues to
    grow as practical skills relevant today are rarely available in Hindi. Please
    visit my free online school for obtaining these vital attributes in the
    information age, and spread the word to your family and friends.”
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    courses and information continue to be updated and added to ProjectHindi every
    week.
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More Science Careers: African School Of Physics on Mission To Educate New African Generation Through Traveling Program

"Science is increasingly recognized as an important engine of economic growth and societal advancement," she wrote in an email. She noted "increasing numbers of such programs on the African continent, where there is a surging young population entering the workforce."

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Ketevi Assamagan, a particle physicist at the U.S.-based Brookhaven National Laboratory, co-founded the African School of Physics, a training program for graduate students in math and sciences. (Photo courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory) VOA

Africa-born particle physicist Ketevi Assamagan is a man on a mission. His goal is to bring science education to a new generation of young Africans through a traveling program known as the African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications, or ASP.

“Sometimes, people just need some help to be able to find the right resources,” said Assamagan, an ASP founder who works at the U.S. Energy Department’s Brookhaven National Laboratory here on Long Island. “So, together with some colleagues, we decided to create this school.”

Born in Guinea, Assamagan grew up in Togo and earned a doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1995. Gratitude to past mentors fueled his desire to start the ASP, he said.

Positive elements

The ASP program runs for three weeks every two years in a different African country. The first was in 2010 in South Africa, with subsequent gatherings in Ghana, Senegal, Rwanda and Namibia. The next is planned for July 2020 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Each workshop brings together up to 80 students, who are treated to intensive lectures and training by top-flight physicists.

Physicist Ketevi Assamagan demonstrates how a cloud chamber works. (A. Phillips/VOA)
Physicist Ketevi Assamagan demonstrates how a cloud chamber works. (A. Phillips/VOA)

“We get students from all over Africa [who] have at least three years of university education,” Assamagan said. “The majority of them are usually at the master’s level and they come from different fields: nuclear and high energy physics, medical applications, computing, mathematics and theoretical physics.”

The students’ expenses are covered by roughly 20 international sponsors, including the Brookhaven lab; the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy; the South African Department of Science and Technology; and Italy’s National Institute for Nuclear Physics.

Another sponsor has been the European Center for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, in Geneva. Assamagan worked on CERN’s particle accelerator for several years while conducting research on the elusive Higgs boson subatomic particle. He left in 2001 to join Brookhaven.

Sustained support

After the program, participants are paired with senior mentors who offer advice on additional education, teaching and research opportunities, both in Africa and abroad.

For Zimbabwe native Last Feremenga, participation in the 2010 ASP workshop served as a springboard to a doctorate in physics from the University of Texas. Now he’s a data scientist with Digital Reasoning, an artificial intelligence firm headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

“I sift through large datasets of written text in search of rare forms of conversations/language. These rare conversations are useful for our clients from health care to finance,” the 32-year-old told VOA in an email. He added that he’s using “similar tactics” to those he learned at ASP.

Julia MacKenzie, senior director of international affairs for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, says training programs such as ASP are especially important in developing countries.

“Science is increasingly recognized as an important engine of economic growth and societal advancement,” she wrote in an email. She noted “increasing numbers of such programs on the African continent, where there is a surging young population entering the workforce.”

“A potential impact of graduate training is exposure to new ideas and people,” MacKenzie added. “Any time graduate students can come together, it’s likely that new friendships will form, and those relationships can provide support through inevitable challenges and spawn new collaborations.”

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“We get students from all over Africa [who] have at least three years of university education,” Assamagan said. “The majority of them are usually at the master’s level and they come from different fields: nuclear and high energy physics, medical applications, computing, mathematics and theoretical physics.” Pixabay
Hands-on learning

Assamagan says that when he was in high school in Togo, science was taught from second-hand textbooks from abroad. There was no experimentation.

“Direct involvement … in terms of playing with things and getting mental challenge to try to figure it out was not really there,” he said. “We want to resolve that” through ASP.

The 70 or so science teachers at the workshop last year in Namibia learned hands-on experiments that could be replicated with scant equipment and resources.

For example, using only a small plastic box with an aluminum plate, tin foil, Styrofoam, pure alcohol and dry ice, high school students could build a tabletop “cloud chamber” to simulate the detection of cosmic particles from outer space. Another experiment taught physics to elementary school children by way of art. The children could drip paint on a canvas tilted at various angles, then observe the patterns the paint made as it descended.

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“You can then start introducing the idea of gravity,” Assamagan said. “And then relating things falling down to the Earth going around the sun as being driven by the same force.”

Assamagan predicts a bright future for physics research in Africa. He says he sees talent and commitment, but that more digital libraries, along with continent-wide access to high-speed internet connections and the political will to provide them, are needed. (VOA)