Ctrl-Alt-Stall: Indian engineers struggle for work as jobs crisis worsens
Updated : March 12, 2019 01:58 PM IST
Santosh Gurav gained a bachelor's degree in technology from a mid-tier college in the western part of the country last year, specialising in electrical engineering and hoping to land a job in industrial automation.
Six months on, the 27-year-old repairs mixer-grinders, table fans and other household appliances at a cramped shop in Pune. On better days, he picks up broken LED lights from scrap dealers, fixes them, then sells them. He earns about $50 a month, just enough to cover the rent for the room he shares with two others as his home.
"I haven't even started repaying my education loan," said Gurav, referring to the nearly $4,000 he'd borrowed for his undergraduate study.
He is one of hundreds of thousands of engineers - studying everything from computer code to civil engineering - that the country's education system churns out each year, many with large loans and little prospect of finding a job in their field.
They highlight Prime Minister Narendra Modi's difficulty in fulfilling a promise he made weeks after coming to power in 2014: creating millions of jobs by boosting manufacturing under a flagship 'Make in India' project launched with much fanfare.
"Come, Make in India, we will say to the world, from electrical to electronics," Modi said in his maiden Independence Day speech as prime minister, pledging to create up to 100 million new jobs by 2022.