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The lack of quality engineering education

GS paper 2

Syllabus: Issues related to the development of the social sector involving education etc


Directions: Important for mains, you can use it as an issue in higher education in India

Source: The Hindu



  • The Union Ministry of Education released the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings for
    • An analysis of the top 200 institutes of technology and engineering colleges is a worrying picture.



  • Misleading Placement news and consequent free increase: The ‘hard work pays’ and ‘institutions matter’, these stories attract prospective students and justify increasing fees.
  • Lack of clarification from Engineering colleges: The reported packages are the rupee equivalent of U.S. salaries in dollars with no regard for the cost of living or for purchasing power parity.
  • Take-home salaries: The take-home salaries are only a fraction of what is mentioned in the headlines.
  • Sign-on bonus for the job: It is rarely paid upfront, instead, it is usually disbursed over about 24 months.
  • Rare offers: Placement headlines rarely reveal that such offers are rare, limited to only a minuscule number of graduates
  • International placements: The placements are generally confined to international placements, mostly in the Information Technology sector.


Impact of misleading advertising by colleges:

  • Mindless race: This triggers a mindless rat race to get students into institutions of national importance.
  • Chasing placement: Students chase quality institutions, those that offer an assured placement, preferably with a dream package.
  • Capitalization: Above factors, coupled with the scarcity of seats, makes a fertile ground for commerce to capitalize on.
  • Focus on admissions: Children are often forced to take time off from their studies to focus on admissions
  • Parents and peer pressure: Children are forced to realize the dream that their parents and peers have seen for them and become doctors and engineers.


Way forward:

  • Engineering education at affordable cost: India has many institutions offering quality engineering education at an affordable cost.
    • In business parlance, that is the ability to deliver value for money.
  • Quality of technical higher education: The scope of enhancing the intake in the existing quality institutions also appears limited.
    • The need is to improve the overall quality of technical higher education across the board.


Insta Links:

India Rankings 2022 of higher educational institutes

Rankings that make no sense


Mains Links:

Q. National Education Policy 2020 is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals-4 (2030). It intended to restructure and re-orient the education system in India. Critically examine the statement(UPSC 2020)


Prelims Links:

NIRF ranking




Which of the following is/are parameters used by NIRF for ranking of higher educational institutions?

  1. Teaching, learning and resources(TLR)
  2. Research and professional practice
  3. Graduation outcome
  4. Inclusivity and perception

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a.1, 2 and 4 only

b.1, 3 and 4 only

c.2 and 3 only

d.1, 2, 3 and 4

Ans: (d)