Over 95% engineers in India not fit for coding jobs

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A survey, revealing acute shortage of skilled professional in IT and data science ecosystem of India, claimed that 95% of engineers in the country are not fit for software development jobs.

Aspiring Minds an employability assessment company conducted a study that revealed, only 4.77% candidates can write the correct logic for a software programme.

The study was conducted among over 36,000 engineering students form IT related branches of over 500 colleges. During the study, a machine learning-based assessment of software development skills was conducted and over two-thirds could not even write code that compiles.

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The study further said that while more than 60% candidates cannot even write code that compiles, only 1.4% can write functionally correct and efficient code.

“Lack of programming skills is adversely impacting the IT and data science ecosystem in India… India needs to catch up,” said Varun Aggarwal, CTO and Co-Founder, Aspiring Minds.

Explaining the reason behind such employability gap, the study said rote learning based approaches rather than actually writing programmes on a computer for different problems is attributed to such problems. Also, the lack of good teachers for programming is another reason as most of them offered good salaries in the industry.

“69% of candidates from top 100 colleges are able to write a compilable code versus rest of the colleges where only 31% are able to write a compilable code,” the report said.

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