The main reason is education system in college level. Today, The Indian Education system is producing a large number of graduates that are unemployable. They lack basic communication and problem solving skills that are needed for even the most elementary jobs. The problem is not infrastructure or money. Indians are willing to invest in education and this investment is more than sufficient to create infrastructure for most Bachelor or Masters level courses. Except in very few technical fields such as medicine, fees paid by students are sufficient to provide good quality education. But clearly this is not what is happening. The problem is that a vast majority of Indian colleges lack the focus to create employable graduates. Their task, as colleges see it, is to help students go through a curriculum and pass an exam. After that, the student is on his own.

To change the way we treat education, we need to change this focus. Institutions that are involved in education must consider gainful and appropriate employment as the primary goal of their courses. This is especially true of courses in Technology and Business Administration, where colleges need to have strong and continuous interaction with companies that will employ their graduates, to understand what they require from their employees. Colleges must then make sure that their graduates have those skills. In today’s world, even a brilliant technologist will struggle if he is not proficient in English. A talented animator is no use if he cannot understand instructions. This is the way it is, take it or leave it. Most Indian colleges do not focus on employability and therefore are of no use to their students.

Building this focus requires three things: additional training, industry stints and real life exposure. The current curriculum in India is out of date. It has great content from thirty years ago and does not take into account the fact that the world has moved on. Educational institutions have a choice – they can stick to the old curriculum, or fight a long and probably futile battle trying to change it.
Changes will come to education in India, but they will take time. You, as a student, do not have the luxury to wait for education to catch up with the real world. Take your future in your hands and invest in skills that enhance your employability.
If we can get these three things right: right policy, right politics and right training, nothing can stop India growing.

No comments