It’s probably not surprising why less than 25 percent of the engineers joining the workforce every year are seen as unemployable by the industry.
“A bag is full of 15 bananas and no other fruit. Raj draws a fruit from the bag. What is the probability that he will draw a banana?”
An embarrassing 30 per cent of the country’s engineers cannot solve a problem as simple as the one above, a study has found. Their ineptitude, however, is not limited to just sums of probability. It’s worse as over one-third engineers do not possess mathematical skills needed in day-to-day life for doing simple transactions, counting and arranging. In other words, they have a weak understanding of concepts as elementary as decimals, powers, operations, ratio, fractions and the ability to apply these concepts to real-world problems.
The report also raises concern over the language skills of the fresh engineering graduates. Given the importance accorded to a candidates fluency in English during the interview process, the report states that a chunk of the engineers are far from impressing the recruiters they don’t have the “English comprehension skills to understand engineering school curriculum”.