Engineering education is in a shambles in India. The number of engineering aspirants is much higher than the available seats in good colleges. Owing to poor salary levels, qualified and capable professionals do not take up teaching positions. This has impacted the quality of education: 75 per cent of engineering graduates are unemployable, according to a McKinsey study.
While the scenario seems daunting, it is however, possible to ensure that quality education becomes accessible and affordable to all.
The total number of children who reach the college-going age every year is two crore. About six lakh of them, or 3 per cent of the age group, take up engineering . These students can do well if there are good teachers. However, most colleges, even those that charge a tuition fee of more than Rs 50,000 a year, lack good teachers.
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