Engineering courses are still relevant

Educators are the ones responsible for creating and sustaining interest in various engineering courses. A few weeks back I had the privilege of meeting a sharp young girl with a serious interest in math and science. She scored an admirable 1065 in her +2 exam. I wanted to know what forced her to get admitted for a general course in spite of nurturing the desire of becoming an engineer since her childhood. What I got to know was really disturbing. She said that her father feels that there’s no use in doing engineering as at present the entire world is filled with jobless engineers.

To know what she exactly wants, I asked whether engineering interests her. She was pretty clear that engineering is something she would have loved doing but stayed away from it only because many feel that an engineering course is unlikely to fetch her a job. Surprisingly, such suggestions even came from some of her teachers.

The past few years have witnessed a serious drop in enrollments for different engineering courses in India and that’s something the country should be concerned about. A possible reason behind this fall might be the negative manner in which the national media has portrayed the engineering graduates in recent times. Another possible reason behind the downslide is the way some academic consultants have been misguiding students by describing engineering courses absolutely useless. Read on to learn about some of the most common myths surrounding engineering courses that a large number of Indians have started believing:

Myth 1: Engineering is no more relevant

People promoting this myth definitely don’t know what engineering actually is and what an engineer does. The American Society of Engineering Education has come up with an amazing definition of the term “engineer”. According to that definition, engineers are professionals who have direct involvement in designing, making, and modifying almost every single thing we wear, touch, eat, hear, and see in our day to day lives. This makes it clear that it’s impossible for engineering to become irrelevant.

Myth 2: The majority of the engineering graduates will remain jobless

Is that true? The answer would surely be “No”. An engineering graduate would always be more employable than a non-engineering graduate. Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (abbreviated as a STEM) would surely result in more attractive job opportunities than any non-STEM degree. Engineering graduates boasting adequate skills are in high demand in all corners of the globe including India.

Information presented by UK-based nonprofit organization Engineering UK suggests that currently, the world is in need of engineers in every single field including chemical, electrical, civil, mechanical, coding, designing, and computing.

Are there thousands of engineering graduates who are struggling to get a job? The answer would be “Yes”. The only reason behind this is lack of skills; these people simply don’t possess the skills the industry requires. Thus, it’s often said that unemployability is a bigger concern in India than unemployment.

Myth 3: Engineering courses are not meant for creative people

The fact is absolutely different. Creativity is one of the basic requirements for becoming a successful engineer. Engineers should always be great innovators and efficient designers; this makes it mandatory for them to have a creative inclination.

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