Is Indian educated class learning?

Posted on May 21, 2017

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Authored by:  Sanjay Goel

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Some reports say that 95% Indian technical graduates are unemployable. Indian IT industry has always been fond of using the phrase “Industry- institute gap”. By this, they imply that the institutes fail to train the fresh graduates with the skills required by the industry. This position, to my mind, is an oversimplification of a larger cultural problem. It tries to indirectly suggest that industry workforce is well skilled and competent whereas the academic workforce is outdated and incompetent. A recent report by Capgemini, a major French firm that employs over one lakh engineers in India, said that majority of Indian workforce cannot imbibe the required emerging skill-set and 60-65% of them are not trainable. But they are already in the industry for some year. How come they are not trainable?

It is merely not the so-called industry-institute gap. But something is drastically wrong wrt the learning habits of our educated class of which students are only a small community. Students follow what they observe in their close society. How many so-called educated people in India really read something serious? How much money and time do they actually spend on books? How many libraries and bookshops are there in our neighborhoods? Most local markets don’t have a single book shop. It must be a bad business to sell books in India. Dhan Laxmi is the main goal of our educated class. Saraswati has been given a back seat. I hope that Saraswati will be given her due respect and attention by the Indian educated middle classes, otherwise, I am afraid, the Dhan Laxmi may also start leaving our families because, in the new age, the economy is knowledge driven.

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