Friday, June 7, 2019

How to Empower ECE Students to Secure High Salary Jobs?

The engineering education in India is going through a very challenging phase. One of the potential reasons for the current scenario is due to unemployment and lack of employment opportunities after completion of their 4-Years B.Tech degree. Survey shows that there are 1.5 Million Engineering Students Pass Outs in India Every Year but fewer of them are getting hired by the Core and IT Sectors. The reports say, in 2016-17, there were no takers for nearly 54% seats in the engineering institutions. According to the chairman AICTE, 275 engineering colleges applied for a closure this year. 75 engineering colleges were closed in in 7 states. As a remedial action, India’s technical education regulator may cut the total number of undergraduate engineering seats by as much as 40% over the next few years. This can prove to be a positive step towards strengthening of the quality education; employment and issue of vacate seats. 

In order to maintain student’s interest in the engineering as a lucrative career option, the quality and skill based education is coming as a main course of concern. It is exemplifying the C. Darwin’s theory on the survival of the fittest for stake holders, the students and technical institutions, both. One major factor in this direction is updated curriculum which serves the need of industry practices. As a result, the country has grown in the numbers with private university players to address the requirements of industry by their updated syllabus and value added education model.  

Seeing students coming from the diversified background and different part of the country, most of the universities are continuously improving their course structure by giving space to the courses like aptitude, English language, software language, personality development, etc. along with their domain subjects, as a part of their regular curriculum. At the same time universities are hiring more qualified and skilled faculty members with good academic and research background to address the expectations of students in terms of education, research, and employability with good companies. 

As per study, the highest paying jobs available for ECE graduates in today’s market are in the Semiconductor Industry. As an example, a skilled fresher in VLSI Design (especially in Verification Domain) shall equipped with Basic VLSI Design Flow, Basics of Digital Design, Basics of Analog Electronics, Computer Programming Language C/ C++, Linux and Scripting, VerilogHDL, SystemVerilog, and Projects. This may help him/her to secure a good job with a very handsome salary package upto 10LPA or even more in a good Semiconductor company. This segment has a huge potential for career building. A good university with state of the art curriculum in VLSI Design and experienced faculty with industry exposure can be the passport for the career.

Further the upcoming market of IoT (Internet of Things), Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Robotics, etc.  is going to create a huge number of jobs in the core electronics and software sectors, both in coming years. It will need a huge talent pool of fresh and experienced talent pool of engineers to make things happen and connected together. As being engineering university, we all need to get ready with updated curriculum and skill sets to address the huge requirements of the market.

Dr Neeraj Kumar Shukla 
Associate Professor, The Department of Electrical, 
Electronics and Communication Engineering 

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