A clear case of supply outstripping demand, engineering degree in India seems to be losing its sheen. Engineering, which was once regarded with much stature seems to have been reduced to a mere degree with thousands of engineering colleges coming up at every nook and corner of India.
Times have passed when engineering promised you a great career and reputation. Today there are unemployed engineering graduates battling to find jobs for themselves. Besides, engineering is a fancy course that requires a big pocket if you are pursuing it from a private institute. With the education system becoming more and more commercial, the course has become infamous for marring money and time of a number of students. Its supremacy is falling as a number of new unconventional courses too are getting a boost.
THE NOTION IS CHANGING:
The ever prevailing notion that engineering is the only way to land a good job is changing fast. Among the number of students coming out of school, 80% opt for engineering but among these, the numbers of them landing suitable jobs are few. Not all engineering graduates have the same amount of knowledge and aptitude. The quality of graduates from different colleges differs like anything. The Brand of the engineering college has become the most marketable point in today's scenario. When thousands and lacks of worthless graduates stock up the job market, it is suitable to look up for those who have completed their degree from a reputed institute.
Thus, it is not wrong to say that Engineering is losing its sheen.
Citing from a number of tabloids and newspaper dailies, we come across a number of articles that showcase the loss of this coveted degree. Tech schools seem to have lost their mojo with more and more engineering colleges being built daily on an economic basis.
There is a thick canopy of colleges but sunshine falls only at the top. Only the best colleges get the taste of colossal placements, best faculty and infrastructure. Today, students graduating from mediocre colleges have to their pave their path on their own on the sole basis of their talent and grits.
Many of the new colleges have nothing to boast of. The Government has made counselling mandatory for loan eligibility. Banks refuse loans to those who join on the management quota and these are the seats that mostly go untaken. A number of engineering colleges end up with zero admissions in some academic years!
Among the plethora of colleges, it is better to use wits and choose wisely. Engineering has become more of a marketable product than an academic degree. Reports say some colleges admit a sibling free if one takes admission. Students often double up as recruiting agents. The fall-out has been strange, even bizarre.
Once the most sought-after course for every Intermediate pass out in the country, engineering shows no indication of reviving its past glory. Both engineering courses and graduates are losing their sheen. If not then why are so many colleges left staring at empty chairs?