And we hoped 2017 would be a good year, meanwhile…
AICTE is working on a proposal that will make it mandatory for graduating engineers to appear for an exit exam that will assess their employability skills! This will be implemented in both government and private engineering schools in India and the government will share the scores of the exam with prospective employers.
The main aim behind the exit exam is:
- Uneven standards of India’s engineering education
- Improve Employability: Only 20% – 30% of engineering graduates in India are able to get a job, in spite of the fact that roughly, seven lac engineering students graduate annually from across 3,000 registered technical institutes (approximately)
- Fix the lack of requisite skill set amongst engineering graduates to make them job ready
This proposal has been in the offing for a while now. With growing questions on the credibility of engineers passing out of engineering colleges in India every year, this exit exam will test their ‘attainment levels’, said a spokesperson from AICTE. He further confirmed that this decision is still at a discussion level at present and will be taken up for discussion at a meeting of the AICTE later in January 2017.
The intention to better the education standards is so motivated that a committee has even suggested making GATE exam mandatory for passing out of engineering institutes! GATE otherwise is conducted for admission to M. Tech courses in the Indian Institutes of Technology by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore & seven IIT’s across India.
However, for all engineering institutes in India to comply with this new rule, AICTE will have to issue a regulation in this regard. So if the institutes don’t follow the rules and regulations, there will be a possibility of losing their licences.
While this move by AICTE seems to be directed towards making engineering education at par with global standards, we are yet to see how colleges, as well as students, react to this milestone ruling.
We can just ask you to brace yourselves and warn your folks! Follow for more.