Indian engineering students unfit for software development jobs: Study

Rote learning based approaches, rather than practical methods of learning by actually writing programmes, were found to be one of the prime reasons behind this employability gap

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:April 20, 2017 5:32 pm
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There is a large skill gap between the engineers trained at IT institutes in India and the basic knowledge required to land jobs as software developers. A study found that 95 per cent of engineers in India are unfit to take up software development jobs.

The study, which was conducted on over 36,000 engineering students from IT branches of more than 500 different colleges, found that only 4.77 per cent of the candidates who took the “Automata” test were able to write the correct logic for a programme. This is the base requirement for any programming job.

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“Lack of programming skills is adversely impacting the IT and data science ecosystem in India. The world is moving towards introducing programming to three-year-old! India needs to catch up,” said Aspiring Minds Co-Founder Varun Aggarwal.

Rote learning based approaches, rather than practical methods of learning by actually writing programmes, were found to be one of the prime reasons behind this employability gap. A practice of programming helps the student understand the different problems faced while coding and would encourages them to find different solutions.

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In addition to this, the study also observed that there was a lack of good teachers for programming. It noted that most good programmers take up industry jobs for the high salaries. The programming skills among the tier III colleges were also found to be worse than than those at tier 1 colleges.

“Sixty nine per cent of candidates from top 100 colleges are able to write a compilable code versus rest of the colleges where only 31 per cent are able to write a compilable code,” the report noted.

Among the students who took the Automata test, which is “a Machine Learning based assessment of software development skill”, more than two-thirds could not even write compilable codes.

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    Indian
    Apr 21, 2017 at 3:43 am
    Dirty indians cant code
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      reporter ..
      Apr 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm
      Indeed .. Being Computer engineer (Myself) I am not going shoot an arrow towards Education system (the way its organised) We have been brainstormed by professor for p ing the exams rather than writing code How the professor is going help Students when he' puppet of books Engineering is about making/ breaking things but here in India it's about getting Degree securing your jobs settling life IT STYLE wala PS: I am writing this comment sitting in the office ( French MNC) because i got kicked out of project .. NEITHER COMPANIES HAVE PROJECTS WHICH REQUIRES REAL TALENTS (as they are holding support proj..)
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        Chandra Kanth Pasunuru
        Apr 20, 2017 at 8:13 pm
        you are kind true, I have to tell my story i am computer science student my self in india,Hyderabad i am not studying B.tech in a fancy university but a private ins ute. I am dyslexic so yeah that made me writing disability, thank god i am somehow can read and write stuff on English learn to program on my won. I am in my 4th sem we have to build a project i mean a real application, We are 3 people in a team other two guys have high GPA in computer science then don't know how to install stuff on their won in a computer how someone could build a web app. Well i build it in 20 days with laravel framework. But in the end i got the less score because i have low GPA. But my friends just mugup stuff before the exam they are really good essay writers in the end they get the good score. Company need people who have high GPA they test on ap ude rather than algorithms/ programming or for a real talent.
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