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Engineers in India

If you’re an Indian you must be having an engineer friend, two or three engineers as your relatives, an or two engineering aspirant in your family. How many of them are living a life they had imagined when they first decided to be an engineer?

Very few, very few are those who are living a happy life of an engineer.

I am not questioning the profession, I am questioning the high frequency with which students are getting attracted to this not so sweet lollipop.

Engineering is one of the courses which requires a huge amount of money as compared to what they get in terms of salary or ‘package’.

It was a time when engineering was becoming a craze, engineers were highly respected, soon it turned into a trend and now people don’t even bother to think about other professions, wether it be students, guardians or even teachers in cases blindly go for engineering.

A very common belief is that choosing science stream in your higher secondary board gives you a lot of field options to chose from, but the ground stats say that in most of the cases, if you chose science then you have to be either a doctor or an engineer.


Engineering is in fact a golden career option but you can’t ignore the other side – the quality of engineers India is producing is not meeting the world class requirements.

India also lacks with the appropriate infrastructure; there are colleges on every street Indian tier I & II cities, but they miserably fail to provide suitable engineering education. What is imparted in those institutions of just reading and learning values while in real means, engineering is all about handling problems and creativity.

India of the day requires skill force and engineers are the definition of skill force but that doesn’t mean that you will blindly create engineers with no skills but a B.Tech. degree.

A study conducted by a magazine which surveyed 300 engineering colleges, to which Metro Man (E Sreedharan) referred said that only 29 percent engineers in India are employable while 30 percent can be employed after further studies and 48 percent are not employable. About half of the engineers that we are producing are ‘not employable’ which simply puts a question mark on what they have studied in those four years.

The engineers of those ‘C’ class institutes are those who fall in 48 percent category. Graduates simply waste money endlessly for four years and then they are ‘not employable’. The pass outs from those colleges are worse than normal graduates.

We, with government need to redefine engineering colleges, set standards for it also we need to stop imposing our views and way of thinking on our children, let them think freely & decide what they want to do; a mild advice or guidance from teachers and guardians is enough.

Keshav Bhardwaj
Author: Keshav Bhardwaj

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