Is India Creating a Glut of Engineers?

Susan Hall

Amid all the debate about whether there's a shortage of skilled tech pros in this country and the hand-wringing over the state of U.S. computer science education, I found this Times of India article interesting.


It seems a top science advisor to the Prime Minister opposes that government's plan to substantially increase enrollment in engineering colleges. CNR Rao, a renowned chemist and chairman of the Prime Minister's Science Advisory Council, is quoted as saying:

What do we do with all these engineers (in India)?

The article says that admissions this year at engineering colleges in India topped 700,000, roughly 10 times that of the United States. (The article doesn't differentiate in the types of engineering. This post by the Computing Community Consortium, however, puts the U.S. numbers pretty close, based on the number of degrees awarded.)


Rao worries about the quality of instruction being provided and advocates increasing enrollment in other majors, such as economics, poetry, philosophy, botany and biology-clearly an effort to spread the workforce across the potential jobs, similar to the initiatives of other countries.


Meanwhile, in what he calls "Indian Technology's Fourth Wave," entrepreneur-turned-scholar Vivek Wadhwa has some ideas for using all those engineers. He tells how Indian entrepreneurs are developing products that solve problems for the developing world, rather than being focused on the West.

Add Comment      Leave a comment on this blog post
Jan 4, 2011 3:49 AM Ian Hay Ian Hay  says:

I wish the governments in the western countries restricted enrollment. There are too many people leveraging themselves through student loans to get an education that won't provide for them. My experience in university is that there are far too many educators worried about filling seats.


Post a comment





(Maximum characters: 1200). You have 1200 characters left.




Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.