'The education system is marks-oriented'

'The education system is marks-oriented'

The purpose of education is to empower students, provide them with a broader perspective on a subject and prepare them for the industry.

Unfortunately, most students who are fresh out of college don’t meet the requirements of the industry. Industry experts claim that there is a severe shortage of students who are employable.

Students too are not very confident when it comes to approaching companies for a job, as they are completely cut off from the bigger picture and unaware of the latest trends or developments in the industry.

Metrolife asks students and industry experts why such a huge gap exists between industry and academia and what is the ideal way to bridge this gap.

Sarthak Nigam, a final year engineering student says, “The gap between the demands of the industry and education in engineering colleges is constantly increasing. The education system is marks-oriented. Hence, children are not exposed to the actual implementation of the concepts which they theoretically read and write in exams. The training given by the industry to the students before they join a company is proof of the lack of exposure.”

Is our education system to be blamed or are the kids themselves responsible for their lack of knowledge? Sagar Prakash, a BPO employee, says, “Education should help create leaders not followers. Unfortunately, this is not the case with our system.”

Disagreeing with him is Seetharam, a professional who says, “Although our education system is not the best, we can’t just blame it all on the system. Parents and students are also responsible. Many a time, students do not know what to get into and sometimes even when they do know, parents don’t let them take up the subject of their choice as they want them to be either a doctor or an engineer. If people knew more about what they wanted and demanded more out of the system, things would be definitely different. It basically boils down to the fact that people would get what they wanted if they really knew what they wanted.”

Thrishika Kanthraj, a CA student says, “Actual short term industry internships at the high school level would definitely help students make the right choice. If not internships, at least some sort of industry interaction would help.”

Kathikeyan Gopinathan, a design student on the other hand pegs it all on to priorities.  “In India, most people want a job for sustenance but once career becomes a part of our life, learning becomes more easy. When we pursue something we are passionate about, then there will be no question of a industry-academia gap as one will passionately learn and implement things at work.”

People in the industry too agree that the gap does exist. Shireesh Jayashetty, who heads technology in eLitmus, a fresher assessment and recruitment company, says, “Academic curricula are stagnant for decades, owing to lack of tested syllabus and pedagogy. While industry cycles are ever changing; product and technology shelf life has decreased drastically over the years. It is absolutely essential for industry-academia interaction in order to bridge this gap.”

Some companies are doing their bit to reduce the gap between industry requirements and academics.

 Mahesh, assistant manager from Radal Electronics, says, “We have perennially faced problems in getting engineering graduates who can deliver on core projects in electronics and mechanical domains and this has always led us through a time consuming and painful cycle of training them. Over the years, we have developed a training model to bridge the gap between a raw graduate and an employable engineer, which has been a highly rewarding experience. We are now expanding this for the benefit of more engineers and organisations.”

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