Best IT talent pool in Delhi & Bihar; TN lags: Survey

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 29 2011, 07:38am hrs
Delhi and Bihar provide the best talent pool for information technology (IT) products and services, KPO, BPO, software testing and hardware networking roles while Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh lag behind in average quality of talent. These are the findings of the National Employability Study 2011 conducted by employability testing firm Aspiring Minds which analysed the employability scores of over 1.2 lakh final year engineering graduates.

The report found that employability in IT services companies is highest in North, followed by East, West and then South. Reasoning that the employability percent decreases with increase in the number of engineering colleges in a particular state, the report added that opening more engineering colleges cant solve the problem of quality of engineers.

The study cites proliferation of engineering colleges in South India and West having brought down the employability figures. There are way lesser engineering colleges both in Delhi and Kolkata in spite of the fact that the population of Delhi is much more than Southern cities and comparable to that of Mumbai, it says.

Delhi has concentration of some well reputed institutes and has emerged as a hub of high quality talent. It is required that rather than opening more engineering colleges, the state needs to concentrate on improving education standards of current engineering colleges, said Himanshu Aggarwal, co-founder and director of Aspiring Minds.

While in some states over 3 in every 10 engineers are employable in IT services industry, this falls drastically to less than 1 in every 10 of the engineers in some states.

This fall in employability standards is a disturbing situation as not only is this detrimental to the education standards, but creates social risks of frustration among qualified engineers. The strong correlation of poor employability to the number of colleges in a state show how states are concentrating on quantity rather than quality, said Aggarwal.