One cannot deny the impact that the youth have on society. Touted as the torch-bearers of the future and sources of unmatched advancements, the youth have a great deal going for them. With the change in economic, educational, and occupational scenarios, along with an upsurge of advancements, opportunities have been leveled enough to supplement the goal to reach nation-wide as well as individual aspirations. Yet, are they really up for the task?
Apparently, not! The youth are finding it hard to get the job that they want. The transition from college to work is at its shakiest, with recruiting giants complaining that the nation’s youth are largely unemployable. According to NASSCOM, over 80 percent of all Indian Engineering university graduates are unemployable. It all leads to the grave rise of the skill gap as the desired skills are greatly lacking amongst this segment.
The lack of ability to impart quality education and interest to enhance the standards is lost amongst even the most eminent educational institutions in the country.
The cause of “100 percent placement” has reached that crescendo that institutions place greater emphasis on attracting organizations rather than doling out quality education that would empower students to get through the unpredictability of the market. The upheavals of the market tend to leave an air of uncertainty, which would require a prepared individual to cope with its variances and still emerge with a zeal to learn and contribute greatly to the market’s growth. Yet, the present educational system, paired with the student’s lack of direction and intent, makes it easy for institutions to peddle any teaching as beneficial for the future.
This has frightening implications – a long-lingering impact is left as the youth stumble to smooth transitions into the workplace and a solid career. Lacking insufficient skills and work experience leaves the youth handicapped in contributing sufficiently to society. As a result, they require public assistance, inflating their social cost while contributing minimally to tax revenues. Also, a rise in illicit activities and other societal effects are linked to unemployment. This should serve as a wake-up call for all, creating awareness of skill development and creating programs that supplement this gap.