The Institution of Engineering and Technology in association with Feedback Consulting today released Key Findings from the first ever report on ‘Engineering Admissions & Perceptions in India’. According to the report, 85 per cent of industry and 55 per cent of institutions agreed that the focus is more on placements rather than building skills and research capabilities.
The report focuses on findings in three areas – trends in engineering admissions by stream and gender; trends in industries visiting campuses for placements and also opinions of stakeholders in academia, industry and among parents regarding the state of engineering education in India.
187 engineering colleges across India, 200 parents of engineering students and 100 leaders from industry were surveyed for this study. The report stated that less than 10 per cent colleges in the country offer aeronautical engineering.
Surprisingly, around 57 per cent of admissions in engineering programs are pushed by parental pressure, noted the report. While IT/ITES is the biggest recruiter in engineering colleges, around 40 per cent students end up with non-engineering jobs.
The IET also will commission a study to uncover expectations of industry that will hope to acquaint and prepare academia with incisive data on expectations of the industry with respect to engineering graduates.
The IET reports covering the Demand and Supply sides of engineering resources will become an authoritative source for stakeholders to understand trends, challenges and expectations on either side and plan solutions accordingly.
“In the UK, the IET provides expert advice to the UK’s Parliament, Government and other agencies. Through a discussion of key findings of this report and gaining of perspectives, we hope that all stakeholders will come together to provide recommendations for policy makers in India that will strengthen India’s quest to achieve excellence in Technical Education”, said Nigel Fine, Chief Executive of the IET.