Most of the students lack employability skills: KRU V-C
Higher education has undergone a transformation in the last two decades in setting up of new institutions, but employability quotient has not improved, said Krishna University Vice-Chancellor V. Venkaiah.
Addressing participants at the two-day seminar on ‘Emerging trends in Indian writing in English in 21st century’ at the SDM Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala here on Tuesday, he quoted McKinsey report and pointed out that only 25 per cent of the general graduates and 15 per cent of the technical graduates were employable.
The country has 750 universities, 38,000 colleges, one million teachers and about 25 million students.
“In the last 10 years, the government has set up 23 Central Universities, seven Indian Institutes of Management, nine Indian Institute of Technology, 10 National Institute of Technology, five Indian Institute of Sciences, four IIITs and two schools of planning and architecture, but there is a huge gap between what is being churned out every year by the institutes and producing employable candidates,” said Prof. Venkaiah.
He was also critical about the government funding. Of the total funds allotted, 95 per cent is given to the top 5 per cent of the institutions and the remaining 5 per cent is shared by the rest of the 95 per cent, he said.
“However, we expect things to change with the initiation of RUSA (Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan)”, he said and urged the students to make best use of web-based open course software. “MIT itself has about 2,000 free online courses in its open course domain,” he informed the students.
He pointed out that domain or subject knowledge is important, but ability to cope up with the requirement of the market was equally essential.
Talking about skill sets, he advised the students to develop eight skill sets such as creative thinking, emotional thinking, emotional balance, communication skills, computer skills, decision making skills, interpersonal skills and time management.
Prof. Venkaiah urged the teachers not to just focus on imparting subject knowledge but emphasise on man making or character building education.
- Venkaiah urges students to make best use of web-based open course software
- Says of the total funds allotted, 95 per cent is given to the top 5 per cent of institutions