Slowdown should not discourage students, says Debesh Das

Written by Economy Bureau | Kolkata | Updated: Feb 12 2009, 06:16am hrs
State IT department and industry experts say the crisis should be used as a time for one to introspect, while students should go for multidisciplinary studies.

This year will be worse than the last, with those passing out from engineering colleges not getting jobs. However, this should not discourage students from taking up engineering, state IT minister Debesh Das said at a Merchants' Chamber of Commerce interactive session on Wednesday.

Students from here should go for higher education so that they can bounce back when the recession ends, Das said.

The minister said the time should be used ideally for concentrating on improving infrastructure such as power, water, roads and internet connectivity. The state IT department is approaching universities to start post-diploma courses for students who can be absorbed by the IT sector later.

We are in talks with universities and industries over post-diploma courses so that students can make use of their time as job opportunities freeze," said Das.

According to Wipro Technology regional head Tamal Sengupta, the Satyam fiasco should not be used to judge the whole IT sector. It will take two years to recover from the job scarcity situation and other effects of recession. There is a severe drop in consumer demand, especially in the US , and everyone is hesitating to invest. This is the time when the government should get involved and encourage the IT industry.

Corporate giants feel students should use this time of lull as the perfect opportunity to go for multidisciplinary studies. Those who have already studied IT should go ahead and do a major in another discipline to enrich their knowledge. Multidisciplinary talents will be more in demand once the lull ends, said Sengupta.