Nine out of 10 engineers never wanted to be an engineer

Interesting article on 'Nine out of 10 engineers never wanted to be one' - Rediff Getahead. What's your take on this?


  • Ankita Katdare
    Ankita Katdare
    That is the harsh reality that everyone agrees with, but no one seems to take any action on how to prevent it from happening.
  • Kaustubh Katdare
    Kaustubh Katdare
    In fact, 9 out of 10 people never knew what they wanted to become in life.
  • Anand Tamariya
    Anand Tamariya
    Quoting from the article:

    What then, according to you, is the leading cause of unemployability?
    There are a lot of things I'd blame for this unhealthy trend.
    Up until a few years ago, if you couldn't pursue engineering after Class 12, you could always enroll in the Industrial Training Institutes.
    They'd train you, impart specialised job skills and give you a diploma, after which you could apply for a job and eventually become a supervisor, if not an engineer. You'd be a blue or grey-collared employee, but a skilled one at that.
    Today, however, the ITIs don't get enough students, because they are lured by new engineering colleges that promise to make them engineers.
    Ten years ago, even a kid who got 33 per cent in Class 10 could go to an ITI and become a technician or a plumber.
    The fact of the matter is that if you got 33 per cent, maybe you did not get the right educational exposure, or you were not academically bright, but at least you stood a good chance of becoming a skilled plumber.
    Today, those same kids are going to an NIIT because they teach programming, which according to many is a better career option than plumbing.
    Frankly, as long as you pay them the fee, NIIT doesn’t give a damn about your career. They will give you some form of diploma or degree certificate at the end of six or eight months. They are not exercising any quality control.
    Have you ever heard of anyone who has enrolled in a course at NIIT and failed? It's a commercial get-ahead venture, NIIT being just an indicator of similar training institutes in our country.
    At the end of the day, the student who was destined to be a plumber or a skilled technician ends up aspiring to be a programmer.
    In the process, we have not only lost good programmers, we have also lost good plumbers. So you have problems at both ends.
    I really agree with this.
  • Ramani Aswath
    Ramani Aswath
    At a personal level, first choice was Physics and work with Sir.C.V.Raman. Did not happen. Second was to become an engineer. That worked.

    In Bangalore I discussed this with a HR agency.

    I was told that an ITI with three years experience gets a salary less than 7K, while the malls pay 15K provided one looks smart and speaks English. One also works in a high end place with glamour value.
    People are not taking ITI courses any more.

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