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Around 60% of Engineering Graduates are Unemployed in India

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New Delhi: According to All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), over 60% engineering graduates out of the 8 lakh students that pass out every year from all engineering/technical institutes across India, remain unemployed.

Many engineering programs are offered by over 3200 technical institutes across the country which are accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). However, around 1% engineering graduates participate in the summer internships and only 15% end up participating in the engineering programs organized by the 3200 institutes across India.

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The state of engineering graduates across India reflects on the quality of technical education provided by the technical institutions in the country. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is planning a major rejig of the quality of technical education provided in India. The first step taken by the MHRD towards improvisation is one that involves a single entrance exam, National Entrance Examination for Technical Institutions (NEETI), for all technical/engineering institutes beginning January 2018. Others involve annual training of teachers from all institutes, mandatory induction for all the students and revision of the entire curriculum.

A MHRD official said that the single entrance exam, NEETI, will be the first complete computer based exam to be conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS). He said, "In all probability, NTS will be ready by January 2018 to conduct the NEETI as well as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses. The exams will be conducted multiple times in a year."

According to the current plan regarding NEETI, the first exam will take place in December 2017 - January 2018, with March 2018 and May 2018 in tow.

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The MHRD official also mentioned that an entrance exam will be conducted by NTS for IITs as well.

The paper will be set by the IITs as always however the exam will be conducted by NTS. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) also sets to improve the employability of engineering graduates from 40% to 60% and at least 75% engineering students go for summer internships.

By 2022, 50% technical education programs will be accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). A change in curriculum will be implemented by all the technical institutes across the country and the same will be evaluated in the month of December each year preceding the beginning of the next academic year.

AICTE has asked all technical institutes to submit an action plan by June 2017 this year.