The Saga of an optimum future ……

“Engineering is about using science to find creative practical solutions, It is a noble profession” : Queen Elizabeth II.

Engineering has been one of the most sought after professions in Asia’s third largest economy, where more than a million engineers graduate every year. India saw a boom in technical education after it opened up its economy in 1991, which allowed the IT sector to thrive.

The mid-1990s saw a huge spike in the number of engineering graduates, as the demand for them increased in sectors ranging from IT to infrastructure.
The phenomenal rise in engineering degrees also lead to a boom in the technical education sector with private colleges mushrooming all across the country. In the 2015 financial year, India had 3,389 graduate engineering colleges.

But it has been claimed that in 2011 by Nasscom, the trade association of IT and business processing units, that less percentage of India’s IT engineering graduates were employable.

Now, does that mean that engineering should not be chosen by students as a course of graduation studies? Or, putting it simply, would you choose to study engineering today?

The point is to be drawn towards the fact (which is misinterpreted) that “less number of engineering graduates are employable”, and the word used was “employable”, and not “employed”. And we mean to say over here that most number of graduates and most by a long margin are those who are actually engineering graduates, and this is a fact right from all the years and dates mentioned above.

To put things in perspective, growth of an economy and the per capita income is directly variable with the number of jobs acquired by the citizens of a country. A shielded modus operandi of grabbing a job is the safest mechanism to secure the future with ways of converting the odds into options .

Maximum number of jobs are in the field of engineering, and here comes in a big fallacy in demand and supply. It is a true fact that in spite of engineering being the biggest job providing sector, many engineers are still unemployed, which appears to be an implication that demand of engineers are less than supply, but this appearance of implication is wrong. In fact, right from the years stated above to till today, the demand of engineers are much more than supply, which is proven from the fact that at any point of time, there is a huge vacancy in all IT and core sectors of engineering.

Why is this fallacy? This is because of the fact that ample amount of individuals having skill in other sectors had chosen engineering as a course of graduation, because of its high rising demand. And for a safer future. But because they belonged to a different sector within inside themselves, they failed to perform, leading to their unemployment in spite of the huge requirement in the market.

But this is what has affected and reduced the choice of engineering courses by the students in modern days, leading to the dearth of availability of good engineers, which the engineering sector always demands. Today there is a huge requirement both in the IT and core sector of engineering, which the companies have failed to fill up, in spite of their conduct of different recruiting events throughout the year.

Because of the statement “less employable”, which has been wrongly interpreted, even good students and as a matter of fact brilliant students have opted out of engineering, which is hampering the demand and supply. The demand of good engineers are huge and it is increasing in an exponential way.

The brilliant students and good students (who are good or average technically), should always choose to study engineering, as this is the course to provide the maximum of jobs for the last 20 years and the coming 20 years and to continue.

Mr. Saurav Mookherji,
Content creator,
IEM and UEM group

Prof. Dr. Biswajoy Chatterjee, Vice-Chancellor,
University of Engineering & Management (UEM), Jaipur