Seats lying vacant in the schools of national importance like IITs have left a colossal impact on the realm of engineering in the country. Secretary of Higher Education from the HRD Ministry, Vinay Sheel Oberoi, while speaking about the impact of several seats lying vacant across IITs, also laid emphasis on the reformation of institute's policies.
Speaking at the engineer conclave at IIT-Madras, he stretched on the issue of unemployment amongst thousands of engineer graduates in the country.
- 50 per cent of engineer students were not employed according to their capacity
- As many as 8.2 lakh seats of the total 18.32 seats available across the institutes in 2014 lies vacant
- Of the 8.2 lakh seats lying vacant, 2.7 lakh were from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh
- On top of, over 40 per cent seats lying vacant in technical institutes, the overall pass percentage of the students were only 60 per cent
Several engineer graduates had joined banking and other sector despite the money they had invested in technical institutes.
While speaking about the huge proportion of seats lying vacant, Secretary Oberoi remarked, "With a 40 per cent attrition rate, this is national wastage."
"Also students are not being employed according to their capabilities. Less than 50 per cent of those passing out are employed in engineering jobs. They have skills but no jobs. We can't afford to produce low quality engineers and have to tailor their skills in such a way that they can get jobs," said Oberoi