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Only 45% engg students got jobs on campus in 2017-2018

PUBLISH DATE 24th July 2019

Of the 7.92 lakh students who graduated from AICTE-approved engineering colleges in 2017-18, 3.59 lakh got employed through campus placements. RAMESH POKHRIYAL, Union HRD minister

Barely 45% of the students who graduated from engineering institutes in 2017-18 were employed through campus placements, revealed a report submitted by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) in the Lok Sabha recently. The data from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was given by the ministry in response to a query raised by a member of the Opposition.

“Of the 7.92 lakh students who graduated from AICTE-approved engineering colleges in 2017-18, 3.59 lakh got employed through campus placements. However, this does not include students who found jobs on their own, those who are selfemployed, as well as those who pursued higher education,” said Union Human Resource Development minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.

According to All India Council for Technical Education figures, the employment percentage for the batch of 2016-17 stood at 42.27% while it stood at 42.82% in 2015-16. In 2018-19, a little over 4 lakh engineering students were employed. The total number of students graduating from colleges in 2018-19 was, however, not available with the authorities.

Pokhriyal explained the changes being introduced to address the issue.

“Internships have been made mandatory for all engineering students, across affiliated institutes. Also, institutes are also being encouraged to improve the quality of education by training teachers,” added Pokhriyal.

In December 2018, a speciallyappointed committee decided to introduce a ban on new engineering institutes from 2020, to control the increasing vacancies in existing institutes and allow only those courses with high employment. “Instead of shutting down colleges, the government should invest in industries other than just IT. Placements trends highlight how demand for civil, mechanical and electronics engineering has reduced due to lack of job opportunities in those sectors,” said Gopakumaran Thampi, principal of Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra.

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