A recent study has revealed that Hyderabad, the Indian city which sends the largest number of STEM students to the US to pursue higher education, is home to the country’s worst engineers.
Aspiring Minds, the employability evaluation and certification company, tested more than 36,000 students from IT-related streams at over 500 colleges across India on Automata, a machine learning-based assessment of software development skills. When it comes to programming skills, the test showed that software engineers from Hyderabad lagged much behind engineers from other Indian cities.
Overall, New Delhi had the highest score of 23.48 out of 100 and Mumbai and Pune regions together had a score of 17.51. The test examined the students on their programming skills, practices and the time taken to run a program (ability to handle runtime complexity).
Hyderabad, the city where thousands of students aspire to enter the prestigious IITs, is also the Indian city that sent the largest number of STEM students to the US. Between 2008 and 2012, the capital of Telangana sent over 26,000 students to the US, most pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM), a report from Brookings Institution said.
The report said, “Hyderabad, India, sent the largest number of STEM students- about 20,800- to the United States and was ranked fourth for the percentage of its students pursuing a STEM degree (80%) during the 2008-2012 period.”
Notably, 91% of students from Hyderabad are studying for a Master’s degree, whereas only 4% are studying for a Bachelor’s degree.
According to a report by TOI, in the year 2015, the US government issued around 60,000 visas to Indian students, with a large number being issued by the US Consulate General in Hyderabad.
India produces the largest number of engineers in the world every year, at over one million, but the skill levels have remained comparatively poor. “Only 4.77% candidates can write the correct logic for a program, a minimum requirement for any programming job,” the Aspiring Minds study had noted, reports The Quartz.
“Lack of programming skills is adversely impacting the IT and data science ecosystems in India,” said co-founder at Aspiring Minds, Varun Aggarwal. “The world is moving towards introducing programming to three-years-olds. India needs to catch up.”
The study also revealed that engineers from Hyderabad are least employable than their counterparts from New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai due to their poor programming abilities.
Information source: qz
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