Coordinated efforts should be taken by the IT industry and academic for making fresh engineering graduates employable as only 25% of those passing out of the colleges at present met the requirements of the firms, Member of Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister Kiran Karnik said on Wednesday.
"The (IT) industry keeps on saying we cannot get people who are employable. Have they conveyed what are the contents to be included in educating a candidate..this is what we have been looking far..I don't think, the industry has done that," he said.
Delivering the inaugural address at a seminar "ICTACT BRIDGE 2012", organised by ICT Academy and the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), he said the industry had failed take up the need for modifying the curriculum as per its requirement.
Stating that only 25% of graduates passing out from engineering colleges were directly employable every year, Karnik said, "that is a startling fact. people spend many many years, time and money in education. He has knowledge and skills. but that does not relate with industry's requirement".
"Why do I (a candidate) need to go back and learn a bit of programming, mathematics and communication skills having spent so many years of time and money in education?. I must say the education system particularly in the last few decades has not quite succeeded," Karnik, a former NASSCOM chief said.
Noting that India's educational system was traditional, he said "the communication skills of our students, even the bright ones are not adequate. Today you (a candidate) have to articulate well. That is a very important in IT industry".
Favouring setting up of more BPO units in rural areas, he said talent was available in villages and the prospectus were phenomenon (for a IT company).
Quoting a study, he said this year the IT industry was expected to grow at 16.3% and set to reach $ 225 billion by 2020 from the present $ 69 billion.