This is a fast evolving era of technology and, it only gets more competitive every year. Modern day industrial challenges are at its peak. The need of the hour is to have professionals who can tackle these problems, people who are smart and bright enough to find the solutions for the industry. However, there are more than a handful of graduates today who are unemployed, even with a degree in hand. With the abundance in jobs, students are still unable to get themselves employed. This perhaps comes down to the education system, we have. Perhaps the current system lacks the drive which can push students, to become more industry ready. Higher education in colleges today may not be enough to get students employed after graduation. Thus, the need of the hour comes back to the education that students should get.
The value of the college is directly linked to career outcomes for students. College and universities can make this much easier by adding programs that teach skills. Students should be given a platform to practice those skills to solve day to day problems. Colleges need to start revising their curriculum to keep industries at bay. A mixture of the industrial problems in the curriculum will make courses more practical and students more efficient. Courses on skill development should also be introduced to increase the attributes of students. Institutions should work on courses which cover industry periodically, to understand the applications of the theory. Academic Institutions can revise their course modules in such a way that students learn theories as well as practice the industrial needs, while on their respective course of study. Subjects that many students study don’t often come in to be useful directly at jobs. Classroom knowledge, are often theory based. However, institutions can change the trend by bringing in more practice based courses. Courses like methodology in research, by bringing in a course like that, institutions allow students to be more innovative. Mini industrial projects should also be mandatory at colleges. Projects which are connected with the industries, projects that can develop critical thinking required in students to do well.
How industries play a key role in shaping job ready candidates<\b>
Industries on the other hand as well, can play a big role in preparing students to be more efficient on jobs. Taking in small batches of students to train and use their services as trainees, can improve practical knowledge. It can be taken for a part of the academic program and based on their performances at the end of the programs, placements can be offered. A sense of entrepreneurship is a must have attribute in students. Business Awareness is important for any job, be it in engineering or MBBS or computers. Students learn this sense of entrepreneurship at the industries. Industries can make it a mandatory trend, to take students in and train them while they are still in college. Recent surveys have stated "industries which work closely with interns and bring in more students to train, have a higher rate of job ready graduates to recruit". Industries look for smart people, people who are quick in thinking, to solve problems and people who can come up with new business ideas to help the company grow further. Institutions should grab a hold of this trend and tie-up with the industries. This can make academics and training work happen hand in hand to produce more efficient students.
Students can help themselves<\b>
The overall unemployment rate for recent college graduates is at 7.9 percent, and nearly half of all employed recent graduates have jobs that don't require a college degree. Getting into the right college is the most important part of getting employed. And, students need to understand that as early as possible. Students should not look to get in-to courses in which they are not comfortable. With some basic knowledge, jumping in to conclusions on colleges, courses and placements does not often give the best results, often ending up with a wrong degree and a wrong job. Students should look into their test results and their academic performances and accordingly join the respective academic programs, which suits them best.
Dr. K.S. Srinivasa Rao<\b>
Dr. K.S. Srinivasa Rao, has over 30 years of experience. He has spent majority of his tenure with B schools, after having started his career as a school teacher. He has so far held many key positions in various institutions, from being a professor to being the chairman.