As many as 200 persons, including several postgraduates, took the test for 10 posts of stenographer in district courts, Sector 43, reflecting the sorry state of affairs pertaining to employment among educated youth.
Any graduate, having speed of 80 words per minute in English shorthand and 20 words per minute in transcription of the same, was eligible for the post being filled on contract basis.
Therefore, those knowing shorthand and having degrees like MBA, MCA, BCom and B Sc lined up at district courts to outdo each other for the post that would get them a monthly salary of Rs. 18,400.
"After completing graduation in science, I was only getting a job at a call centre. Therefore, I did a course in shorthand to increase the chances of getting better job and salary," said a BSc holder from Saharanpur.
"In the present-day scenario, having a postgraduate degree is no guarantee of getting a job. I had to take up small courses in shorthand and other vocational courses, which will help me get a job. After completing MA, I was teaching at a private institute and earning just Rs. 2,000, so I applied for this job," said another applicant, who came from Kurukshetra.
"There is a need to change the curriculum and adapt teaching techniques in accordance with the demands as well as requirement of the industry. With the mushrooming of various educational institutes, the number of graduates is increasing but they are not employable, thereby adding to unemployment," said RP Singh, a SAS Nagar-based industrialist.
The ongoing recruitment drive at the Chandigarh district courts stands testimony to the growing unemployment among educated youths. During the drive, 40 postgraduates were among 16,000 interviewed for 21 posts of peon held over two days. While 3,099 applicants appeared for written test for 16 vacancies of clerks.