Dreaming a better next generation
Year on year, every IT company talks about recruiting fresh graduates in thousands and the process has been continuing since several years. The quality and dedication of young population towards work is inversely proportional to the available opportunities. More the intake, poorer is the quality and attitude. Most of the youngsters have very limited view towards career and future goals and almost everyone keeps moving on job to job to get better benefits. The issue industry is facing today is that the quality and dedication of most of this population has gone down with time. Easier availability of jobs and reduced Indian cultural values are showing in the balance sheets of the companies in terms of increase in cost and reduced productivity. The challenge today is to make our young population more responsible, reliable and skilled so that they are employable and far more productive than what they are now. Even though we know that India has highest young population, the issue is the employability of the large majority is not possible with their current level of skill and education. Social groups, institutes and industry have to find a better method to tackle this challenge with the help of government. Our education system still follows the syllabus which has very little relevance to current industry needs. When Pascal and Fortran language is dead, students have to learn them in college and have to relearn the new technology putting extra effort and money after their college. When industry needs students having knowledge of project management and latest software, they are taught complex math and physics subjects which have little use for them outside the college exams. The curriculum still ends up mixing pure sciences with applied sciences and in the end, we get students who have to do away with 95% of their education and relearn the new concepts followed in industry. Poor salary to college professors is not enough to get the best teachers. The quality of education depends on whatever these professors can impart. Industry must take this as their social responsibility to put time and effort to educate students and make them ready as per industry needs while they are in colleges. Serious efforts in this direction can bring the desired change very fast and will be a big win for India and the young generation.