India produces lakhs and lakhs of graduate every year. Despite the huge number of graduates, companies find it difficult to fill their positions. Something is amiss in this scenario. There lies a huge gap between what college teaches students and what industry demands from them. For example, after doing engineering for four years in a college with a decent reputation, students sometimes have to face the harsh reality of job life. Whatever they have spent learning so hard during their academic years proves to be a big useless junk of information. They again have to learn everything fresh or worse unlearn something and then start afresh. To a student, it feels like four years of his/her life was spent for nothing. The scenario is even worse for other graduates of science and arts stream. Graduates of arts and science have to either follow the academic part and pursue higher studies with reluctance as because there are very few jobs in the market that are suitable for them. A graduation in English or geography does not provide ample opportunities to students to try their hands in plush corporate jobs.
College education in India is failing to bring students up to date with the industry requirements. Here are top 3 reasons why college education in India seems like a waste of time and money:
Syllabus of most universities has not been updated for the last decade or so. Technology, on the other hand, changes every day. The skills that were desirable a decade back are not desirable now. Universities are just not flexible enough to register this change. The result: teaching subjects that have little or no relevance to the current market scenario. The entire process seems to be an exercise in futility.
Very little practical exposure
This is applicable for professional courses like engineering. Engineering is a branch of science that needs a lot of practical exposure in order to apply the acquired knowledge. Colleges in India are focused on the theoretical aspects and not at all on the practical ones. The practical sessions that do take place are bogus and provide no value to the students. Therefore students feel that despite spending four years at a college, they don’t learn anything that can be applied in the real world.
Importance to marks over skills
Colleges in India judge student’s abilities based on how good a student performs in a controlled environment with little or no variations. They judge a student’s abilities by their marks. There is negligible importance given to skills. Therefore learning essential skills takes a backseat and students are mainly interested in scoring marks. Crucial years of their lives are lost in rote learning instead of developing skills and promoting intuitive thinking. After the students graduate, they learn that corporate are least bothered about their marks. Marks are just elimination criteria to reduce the pool of eligible candidates for the job. Apart from the initial screening, they don’t help much. What corporate needs are skills which colleges fail to impart.