India is seen abroad as a place that produces high-caliber tech talent, and there’s good reason for that. But it hides a dark side: most of the engineers being churned out by the thousands of colleges in India are not even employable. The ones who come to the limelight are mostly the cream from premier colleges like the IITs.
It says over 36,000 engineering students
from IT-related departments of more than 500 colleges took an automated test using machine learning.
The study says that only 4.77 percent of those who took the test were assessed to be employable in software development jobs.
Two-thirds of the tested students
could not even write code that compiles.
The 10-year-old Aspiring Minds provides assessment and certification services to global clients like Amazon, Microsoft, GE, and Coca Cola.
For the assessment of engineering students
in this study, it used a tool called Automata. Candidates write solutions to programming problems which can be executed in a simulated compiler.
Simpler tests grade solutions on the basis of the percentage of test cases where the code works, and do not look at the candidate’s thought process. Aspiring Minds says its ML-based test score has a Pearson correlation of 0.85 with that of an expert interviewer’s score, compared to 0.6 for a regular test score.
But it’s the first time that less than 5 percent of students
were found employable in such a big sample size of 36,000 students
from 500 colleges. One caveat on the study is that even 5 percent of the engineers who graduate in India is a large number – but it does show the increasing inadequacy of most colleges.
US President Donald Trump’s curbs on visas for migrant tech workers may be just what India desperately needs at this juncture to fuel its shift to an innovation-driven tech ecosystem.
This is an excerpt from the article published on Tech In Asia. You can read it here.