Thursday April 20, 2017

Report Claims 95% of Engineering Students in India Unfit for Software Development Jobs

That seems like a disturbingly high number, but 36,000 engineering students from over 500 colleges took Automata, a Machine-Learning-based assessment of software development skills, and it was found that over two-thirds of them could not even write code that compiles. The study also claims that only 1.4% can write functionally correct and efficient code.

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"Lack of programming skills is adversely impacting the IT and data science ecosystem in India. The world is moving towards introducing programming to three-year-olds! India needs to catch up," Aspiring Minds CTO and co-founder Varun Aggarwal said. The employability gap can be attributed to rote learning based approaches rather than actually writing programs on a computer for different problems. Also, there is a dearth of good teachers for programming, since most good programmers get jobs in industry at good salaries, the study said.