Problems in the Indian Education System with Employability as Prime Perspective

By Kalai Selvi Thirumal.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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A recent McKinsey-NASSCOM study states that “the total global off shoring market is approximately US 300 billion dollars, of which US 110 billion dollars will be off shored by 2010. India is projected to acquire at least 50% of the estimated market. The direct employment generated by the opportunity will be 2.3 million and indirect will be 6.5 million. The other industries growing fast are Banking, Finance, Insurance, Bio technology etc. Now in the threshold of foreign universities entering India the Education industry is also expected to boom and see ocean changes. Appropriate quality manpower is required for jobs created and the onus is on the shoulders of the Indian universities. It is the quality of the educational institutions that determine the quality of students come out and enter the industry and the society. The McKinsey report also says that only 25% of engineering graduates, 15% of the finance and accounting professionals and 10% from the other courses are eligible for employment in multinational companies. In the Partnership Summit held in 2010 January by Confederation of Indian Industry in Chennai about 26 countries partook and most of the representatives expressed that the employability problem universal. While there are various stake holders involved in Education Industry the faculty members stand as the fulcrum for the excellence of any educational institution and they are in advantageous position to observe the various challenges an educational institution encounters in making the students not only job-ready for the global market but also preparing them as worthy citizens for a peaceful world. With this perspective the researcher has identified the various challenges in the education industry and classified them as Administrative, Academic, Financial and Market challenges. The respondents will be the faculty members from various educational institutions in South India. The research will throw light on the most significant areas that need immediate attention of the policy makers and other stake holders and improvement.

Keywords: Customised Teaching Exercises (CTE), Co-Teaching Modules (CTM), Quality Enhancement Wing for Education (HRD ministry), Knowledge Sharing Forums KSF, Knowledge Networks

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.45-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 907.662KB).

Kalai Selvi Thirumal

Additional Director, Administration, Vinayaka Missions Medical College and Hi Tech Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

I have twenty years of experience in both industry and academia. With the teaching and administrative experience in academia with universities such as Anna, Periyar, Madras, Bharathiar and B-Schools such as ICFAI B-School and Janson’s School fo Business I have always have contemplated on(though we discuss in various forums) the academic failure in producting students who can take up leadership positions in industry and society. While B-Schools do reasonably good job the other universities lag far behind. The concern is alway on top of my mind. My interest areas are Education, Training and Development, Ethics and values, Civic development. I have written papers and articles in ICFAI Press and presented papers in national and international forums. Some of the ICFAI publications I regularly write are Advertising Express, Marketing Master Mind, E-Business, Professional Banker and Effective executive.


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