Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Updated: Feb 20, 2018, 04.00 AM IST
With the number of students from technical institutes getting jobs falling to an all-time low, the Department of Technical Education has now made it mandatory for all students at its 296 polytechnic colleges to take up an assessment test. The department says the test will help students understand their abilities and prepare them for the various tests that most companies conduct during recruitment drives.
To increase campus placements, technical education department has now made it mandatory for all students at its 296 colleges to take up an assessment test
The technical education department will join hands with HireMee, a recruitment platform, which will conduct a technical as well as a behavioural assessment of the students.
HU Talwar, Director of Technical Education (DTE), said that the falling number of students getting jobs is really a matter to worry about and various steps need to be taken to increase placements of the students. “Only 1 in 5,000 students from technical institutes gets a job in the state. There is 80 per cent gap between the industry and academia. There is a lot of manpower in the country but the placements are not happening,” Talwar said.
Talwar also revealed that only 20 per cent of the students from the technical institutes which come under the department are getting placed. “This year alone, there are around 65,000 students who were admitted in technical institutes in the county. Only 15 to 20 per cent recruitment is happening and companies are not even recruiting students from rural areas,” Talwar added.
When asked how these assessment tests are going to be helpful for the students, Chockalingam Valliappa, founder of HireMee, said, “A student will take at least two assessments: one mock test and one final test. These tests will have seven categories: Verbal aptitude, quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, personality and communication, fundamental computer knowledge and the other one will be the core subject test which the students can choose based on their core subject.”
These tests will determine where the students stand and what score they have received. The companies that come to hire the students will assess this record and, based on these scores, placements will be made.
“All this will be done through the placement cells of the colleges. It will be made mandatory for all technical colleges to take this up and inform the students about the same. Before July, all students will undergo this test and will be fully prepared for their placements,” Talwar added.
HireMee will also conduct a psychometric test which has become a deciding factor for companies while hiring students from campus placements. “This will have 100 questions, 80 of them will be of various categories and another 20 will consist of psychometric questions,” Vallipppa added.
In the psychometric test, students will be assessed based on personal and interpersonal skills, motivation, intellectual and emotional parameters. While this is a new initiative, the state government is very keen on it. The assessment will be done free of cost. The students or the government will not spend a rupee on this.
The department of technical education is hoping the assessments will help the students and increase the number of placements. “We are hoping that there will be a 50 per cent increase in placements during the forthcoming recruitment drive,” Talwar added.