One measure of the success of an educational institution is the employability of its graduates, and on that count the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore has a unique distinction. It ranks 34 on the Global Employability List for 2012, prepared by French consulting firm Emerging in association with a German recruitment research institute, Trendence. The only other Indian institution on this list is the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, which squeaked in at 149 on the list of 150 educational institutions worldwide.
IISc was ranked 134 in 2011, which means it jumped 100 places this year following a survey of 2500 recruiters, CEOs and managers from 20 countries.
That graduates from a reputed institute in India are attracting global employers is not surprising - in their eyes, India and China would have better economic prospects than the West, prompting more MNCs to shift their operations to Asia. What’s surprising is that IISc and ISB are the only Indian institutes on this list, whereas the China has several.
Professor Raman Sukumar, Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, believes that India is falling behind China in the quality of graduates being produced, with the exception of IISc.
“China has made huge investments in research and education and that is why they are able to bring out more employable graduates. It is not just the quantity, we need to pay attention to quality as well. There are a large number of Phds coming from India but they are not world class or even above average. If we fix that, then we can compete with China,” he believes.
“We are very strongly a research-based institute and attract the best students for masters in engineering courses. Because there is such a strong research background, our students are very employable, especially in the fields of space research, defence and other fields that have research and development programmes. Students from other institutes with limited research can’t just jump into an R&D set-up,” elaborated IISc director P Balaram.