managing people

Sorry State of Indian Education

I am often reminded by a saying of those at sea, “water water everywhere but not a drop to drink”. I hear something similar from hiring managers and CEOs of companies looking for good staff, “graduates graduates everywhere but not one fit to hire”. Indian graduates many engineers but few are fit to hire. I would like to blog a few articles that highlight the symptoms of Indian education. The root cause will be evaluated in future articles.

(via WSJ) Geeta Anand writes about India graduating millions, but too few are fit to hire. The perception and reality are stark contrasts of one another. India projects an image of a nation churning out hundreds of thousands of students every year who are well educated, a looming threat to the better-paid middle-class workers of the West. The reality is about a 24/7 BPO that has plans to expand by 3000 workers and has decided to expand into Philippines and Nicaragua. What was 24/7 looking for ? 24/7 Customer Pvt. Ltd was eagerly searching for “recruits who can answer questions by phone and e-mail”, it’s found that “so few of the high school and college graduates who come through the door can communicate effectively in English, and so many lack a grasp of educational basics such as reading comprehension, that the company can hire just three out of every 100 applicants.” This is our future. All this the consequence of reforming the financial system and not reforming the education system. The vested interests most of them politicians and the rich will not allow the reform to happen, their wish, not even over their dead body.

The ratio of those that can be hired is miserable to say the least, engineering colleges in India now have seats for 1.5 million students, nearly four times the 390,000 available in 2000, according to the National Association of Software and Services Companies, a trade group. But 75% of technical graduates and more than 85% of general graduates are unemployable by India’s high-growth global industries, including information technology and call centers, according to results from assessment tests administered by the group. read more on The Sorry State …. >>>

Most Idiots give more weight to a college degree than what the degree holder can do. The CEO of a startup narrated the story of interviewing a fresh graduate who was not able answer even basic conceptual questions. However when asked about his salary expectations, he wanted the best the company could offer, seeing the CEO squirm in his chair, the young lad retorted what the hell did I graduate for ?

As for India, the story of untalented college graduates is a reminder that rather than something that makes us smart, college is at best what smart people have traditionally aspired to. Try as we might to make everyone above average, these attempts as revealed by the Indian experience are vain on their best day. Taking nothing away from the fun that is college, the idea that advanced education is anything more than a high-priced union card is hard to countenance. If college does in fact serve a purpose, it’s as a source of talent for private companies eager to grow. read more …. Economic Folly of a College Degree >>>

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