Cerebral Shangrila

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

India Job market Paradox

India is a land of extremes. The "cream" have never had it good . Salaries have been rising ( the highest in APAC) , Jobs are plentiful and lifestyle is on an upswing.

International Herald Tribune reports about the Paradox in job market by looking at the non-elitist colleges which churn out graduates that no one wants to hire. Its sad to read about them.The rampant commercialization of educational institutes ( Where every film star / Politician owns a college), the dearth of talent and outmoded educational methods are adding fuel to the unemployment fire. The embers are hot and they are hurting the poor students.

IHT says, " In the shadow of the elite institutions, most of the 11 million students in the 18,000 Indian colleges and universities receive starkly inferior training, heavy on obeisance and light on marketable skills, students, educators and business leaders say. All but a tiny handful of graduates are considered unemployable by top global and local companies.The Indian educational system is locking millions of students in the bottom berth of a two-tier economy, critics argue, depriving the country of the fullest expression of their talents and denying students a chance to share in the fruits of reform.

The problem, experts say, is in a classroom environment that infantilizes students well into their mid-20s, emphasizing silent note-taking and discipline at the expense of analysis, debate and persuasion.Students at second- and third-tier colleges suffer not because of a dearth of technical ability or intelligence, critics note. Most simply lack the "soft skills" sought by a new generation of employers but still not taught by change-resistant colleges: the ability to speak crisp English with a placeless accent, to design and give PowerPoint presentations, to write in logically ordered paragraphs, to work collegially in teams, to grasp the nuances of leadership.

Education experts argue that students are also graduating without the ability to assess problems and find creative solutions, in large part because their professors encourage them to be meek and obsequious."


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