Pointing to the problem of unemployment among engineering graduates, the Madras High court on Friday asked the HRD ministry if there was a scheme in place to combat the issue. The question was brought to the limelight when S K Natarajan filed a petition regarding campus recruitment for students in engineering colleges, including his daughter.
Justice N Kirubakaran heard the petitioners plea to direct the state government to implement a Tamil Nadu state level placement programme in top IT firms which would be held in a fair and effective manner.
“The ministry is directed to answer as to whether there is any scheme available with the department to deal with unemployment problem of the engineering graduates in our country and if it is so, what is the scheme?” the judge said.
Natarajan also sought the court’s direction against restriction in the conduct of such interviews to a few colleges. The judge noted that the larger issue at hand was the question of increasing number of engineering colleges and graduates with unequal job opportunities after graduation, which leads to problems of unemployment.
The judge has asked the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to file a report which includes information on the number of engineering colleges, students and their employability by November 7, 2017.