Indian computer engineers are highly sought after, but a new report has revealed that computer science (CS) and information technology (IT) graduates are not up to the mark on programming.
Around 30% of CS/IT graduates did not have basic theoretical concepts used in computer programming, while more than 50% did not understand the subtleties of programming concepts, and more than 80% were unable to apply them to real-world situations.
The report, surveyed 55,000 students from all engineering backgrounds across 250 engineering colleges in the country and the analysis was based on the computer-programming module of the Aspiring Minds Computer Adaptive Test, a standardised employability test.
“The rate of production of engineers in India is much greater than any other nation,” the report noted in its conclusion. “But the quality with regards to their programming ability is a matter of deep concern. The results obtained are eye-opening.”
The test looked at graduates’ basic knowledge, conceptual understanding and application skills. “Students’ competency in programming is very low,” said G Thampi, principal of Thadomal Shahani Engineering College in Bandra. “There is no effort in helping develop programming competency because of a lack of direction and out of date syllabus.”
The survey was conducted by Aspiring Minds, an employability solutions company whose tests are used by companies for recruitment purposes.