Gujarat varsity convocation: Discontent due to unemployment in state, says Governor

Responding to the Governor’s concerns, Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said it was the opinion of the Governor and the government will consider his suggestions.

Written by RITU SHARMA | Gandhinagar | Published: January 13, 2018 4:41 am
The convocation ceremony at Gandhinagar Friday. (Express Photo: Javed Raja)

Gujarat Governor O P Kohli Friday said there was discontent among educated youth since they were not getting jobs after completing higher education.  Addressing fresh graduates of Gujarat Technological University at its convocation, he said, “We often see that there is discontentment among the youth and this is due to unemployment. Despite having higher education, they are unemployed. It is natural that they feel discontented. This is an alarm bell for any society.”

He added: “So, for this, we need to deliberate that our universities that are providing higher education to the youth ensure employability for them or not. If not, then somewhere our higher education relevance is questioned. Universities should, besides providing higher education, need to think how relevant it is.”

He said, “When there is any seminar or conference on education, concerns are raised over the quality of education in the country… Why is this so? We need to deliberate and find solutions for that.” Responding to the Governor’s concerns, Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said it was the opinion of the Governor and the government will consider his suggestions. “Whatever the Governor has said was his personal opinion and suggestion. Our government will consider the positive aspects of his suggestions,” he said.

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  1. Nirmal Ganguly
    Jan 14, 2018 at 10:13 am
    I think it is a very genuine and real concern. Many of our engineering graduates from good number of private engineering colleges, are found to be unemployable. New technology, robots and artificial intelligence (AI) are also emerging as big challenges. Our learnins are mostly dependent on book learning and application and practical attributes needed by today's and tomorrow's industry are indeed lacking. Despite high degree of unemployment situation, persons with basic skills of plumbing etc are lacking. This is really a contradictory situation. We talk about skills development, but real skills development, training and retraining relevant to the local economy of the area, are lacking in a big way. And when we talk about rural sector where 65 of population lives, the situation is pathetic. Large number of people are either unemployed or acutely underemployed. This can simply be seen from the fact that 65 of population produces about 15 of GDP. This shows the deprivation level.
    1. Sulakhe Nagaraja Rao
      Jan 13, 2018 at 6:52 pm
      This reflects the rule of BJP/NDA Govt in the state Centre. Modi was claiming the Gujarat as vibrant state. See the Governor openly lamenting on un-employment. Modi who promised lot including jobs to the youth remind unfulfilled, despite his govt closing to 4 yrs rule.He belied promises made to youth ,farmers. His decisions of De-monetisation or GST made no help to general public.I The black money has come back to exchequer. His tall claims of checking black money turned futile. It is like digging mountain, but caught only rat. Now a days he is busy in making his rating internationally ignored the rule. The Cow Vigilantes, attacks on churches, killing writers like Kalaburgi, Pansare, etc writers. Now also failed to keep promises made new divided state of Andhra Pradesh. He did not keep up single promises made during 2014 elections tour in AP. He is fooling the people.If this continue the defeat of BJP in 2019 is also most certain, but for lack of proper national opposition party.