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âToday, employers are no longer looking for a great brain and a world of potential. Theyâre looking for that one CV that lists the skills they need right now â not after 6 months of trainingâ. ~Dave Jensen

âThere is a disconnect between academic research and industry research. The two donât fit together well. Lack of experience is the problem. You can get all the way to a Ph.D. and then realize you donât have marketable experience.â ~Kevin Foley

What is education?
An education is a process of facilitating learning and acquiring knowledge, skills, habits and beliefs. In the process of educating a person or a group or people, there is a systematic way of giving and receiving instructions. Education is an effort of the senior people to transfer their knowledge to the younger members of society. It is thus an institution, which plays a vital role in integrating an individual with his society and in maintaining the perpetuation of culture.
But do we really have such education systems which actually have touched the knowledge component in the real sense or are they more engaged in other skills development like communications, IT, applied languages, and other similar skills? The answer to this is no. our education systems today are imparting all the skills for the personality grooming of the manpower but have actually stopped paying attention to the knowledge content which is a must for doing any kind of job or business.
There are so many engineering, business, medical colleges opening, mostly private and they give admissions to almost everyone not really caring of what qualification is actually required to enroll for the graduate and post-graduate programs their institutes have to offer. They try and do the maximum intakes to fill the vacant seats and money. Later when it comes to imparting the quality education, they fail, but, failure is both sides. Institutes fail in imparting the right knowledge and skills to a large number of aspirants.
There is a mismatch between what these educational institutes have to offer and what the society or industries are expecting. The industries and the business organizations that provide employment need the right skilled manpower which unfortunately is not being produced by these education systems.
The reality check for the students happens when they enter the industry because what was taught and what is actually required by the industries is totally different. These reality checks obviously shake the confidence off their shoulder. There is a huge mismatch between how the products of our education system can be usefully integrated into the economy.
The concern is growing among industry leaders that students may not be obtaining the necessary skills for entry into the labor market. Those working in the industry and those in academia have a disconnect between academic training and preparedness to enter the labor market. The education system is producing in bulk just the scholars with degrees but does the current market need this manpower? NO, because of the jobs vacant and the job seekers are a total mismatch. We have graduates of different streams and the industryâs requirements are totally different. Half of all graduates are not employable in any sector based on industry standards because there is a difference between the universities and the job market.
The largest pool of graduates in India is generalists with broad socio-economic knowledge but no specific technical skills. The pre-existing education system has not produced much of the employable not turning out employable graduates. We have not touched the knowledge component but added other values such as communication, applied language, information technology, basic mathematics and other skills that each graduate must have to be employable, graduates probably because they have not touched the knowledge component but added other values such as communication, applied language, information technology, basic mathematics and other skills that these institutions think each graduate must have to be employable. Though the institutions currently have accepted that the education system needs a change to be able to impart the right skills and knowledge content to the employable candidates.

CHALLENGE FOR INSTITUTES?
Our education system must impart the right skills to the large pool of students of the country. To bridge the gap between the education and industry by imparting skills these industries are actually looking for. But how do we do this? This can be done by the following:
⢠To identify where the institutes are needed in which particular region of our country where we have these industries set.
⢠What is the curriculum required to match the industry requirement and this can be done by collaborating with different institutes?
⢠The very important change that needs to be made is the training of teachers which surely needs an upgrade. Teacher training programs need to be included to improvise their skills and outlook towards the current market needs.
⢠International tie-ups should be done if needed to know the latest development related to education and to become updated with the latest education-related developments and changing trends in the educational arena on an international basis.



Expectations of the current Industry?

While this mismatch issue exists important and real, it is the expectations on both sides. Employers want everyone to come prepared and ready. Employers need to invest in their own employees by imparting the job-related training to them and prepare them first hand before they actually start their work. The industry expects a finished product who can be directly employed and the pre-existing universities cannot provide that. You cannot degenerate universities to become the training institutions. The technology and skills are always changing rapidly and not every time these training and skills set can be adjusted and readjusted by our education system so rapidly. Not everything can be expected from the education systems itself. The industry also must understand that they need to set up their own triaging institutes to upgrade the employeeâs skill set and industry knowledge because they understand best what they need. Once the person is on for the job he must be given required training related to his job and must be educated to become fit for the work and this will obviously boast his morale and confidence to work which in return will give a better performance on the job.

According to a study in China, the average yield of industrial employees is 67% whereas if you compare the same yield in India is very low which makes development, manufacturing, and services in India very low compared to the growth that the country is foreseeing. The biggest reason is that the education sector has become commercialized and the educationist has become businessmen with the result they are now supplying to the demands of the students and parents. Education has to be planned as per the Industry if India wants to grow to ensure the yield per individual is improved.
About Author Jiten Kr :

This article is written by Neha for BiodataWorld, a B2B company that offers a resume database for recruiters. He loves to write about career guidance, recruitment, interviews etc. more at- http://biodataworld.com/home/about


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