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Between Education and Industry Requirements

By Dr. Ashu Singh, Director, Lingaya's Lalita Devi Institute of Management and Sciences | Thursday, 20 Oct 2016, 07:16 IST

The training and education system and the skills needed for jobs offered by industry are immensely distinct. The students do not get a career pathway due to inappropriate training rendering them unemployable and the organizations face lack of efficient workforce thus increasing their costs. It is a challenge to bridge this gap.

Some educational degrees provide entry in occupations that are often guided by professional associations and their strategic links to educational institutes and government. Others are designed to give students the right skills, but not leading to a bright career, and often confusing them as to where their new qualification will take them. There are numerous reasons for the widening gap between education and industry requirements.

1.Expensive higher education often forbids the students from studying further. They do not get the required training. Some are already engaged in small jobs and cannot devote time. Some are not interested in studying further and see no benefit of this training for jobs.

2.Very few students have a clear vision of what they want in life and accordingly choose a field of study. Most of them are guided by family and peer pressure and make wrong choices. This ultimately leads to below standard performance in their work-life.

3.Employers believe that graduates are inadequately prepared for jobs. They do not view education at par with the industry requirements. Educators believe that they have fully equipped and aligned the student with the job and made them fit to meet the challenges.

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