Growing unemployment among the educated youth was one again evident when 3,099 applicants appeared for written test for 16 vacancies of clerks at the Chandigarh district courts in Sector 43 on Saturday.
Any person who is a graduate, having studied Punjabi or Hindi till class 10 and having proficiency in operations of computers is eligible to apply for the posts of clerk that are being filled on contract basis.
The candidates who turned up to appear for the written test were the one who hold degrees in BTech, MCA, masters in science, MTech and even a few law graduates from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, apart from those residing in the tricity.
The job profile of the clerk is to maintain court records which include keeping record of the notices and summoned issued that will be prepared by them, apart from compiling daily list of the cases that which will come up for hearing.
"There are no jobs available. After completing MSc in chemistry I was offered a job by a private institute to teach, but the salary they were offering was too less. Thus I applied for the clerks' job," said an applicant hailing from Una.
"If I get through this exam it will ensure a fixed monthly income which is better than waiting for a job equivalent to my educational qualification, which may not happen," said a BTech applicant from Sirsa.
Academicians blame the present education system which is producing educated unskilled manpower that is not finding jobs, thus leading to increasing unemployment among the educated youth.
Honorary director, central placement cell, Panjab University, Suresh Kumar Chadha said, "Education being imparted is not relevant to the times. We need to change syllabi with changing times and industry requirements. Also, our education system focuses more on mugging and understanding the subject, whereas emphasis should have been on application part and developing analytical skills of students."
The applicants were seen struggling to find the room to sit for exam owing to long list of applicants. Owing to a large number of applicants, the written examination was held in two shifts.
16-11for general category,
4 for OBC
1 for SC candidates
3,099 Applicants turned up
Rs 22,300 per month is the salary