Engineers, Post-Graduates Apply for Peon Posts

Unemployment in India
Unemployment in India

In a case that highlights the worsening education standards and severe unemployment in India, several engineers and post-graduates applied for the peon posts in Chhattisgarh.

According to the Hindustan Times newspaper, over 75,000 applications were received for the 30 posts of peons in the Directorate of Economics and Statistics of the Chhattisgarh government. As the government was not expecting this kind of response, it decided to cancel the examination scheduled for August 30.

Amitabh Panda, commissioner of the department, told the Hindustan Times that the department received 70,000 applications online and over 5,000 by post.

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Panda also revealed that the recruitment eligibility criterion was qualification up to Class V, but “several engineers and post-graduates in arts and science also applied for the job.”

According to the Hindustan Times, experts believe that the massive response not just suggests the magnitude of existing unemployment among youth but the misplaced choice of career opted for by the qualified candidates.

The employment situation and education systems are equally bad in all parts of the country. It is reflected in the worsening Human Development Index (HDI) of India.

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Published by the United Nations Development Programme, HDI indicates the level of skills in a country and lets you know if people in that country are able to achieve their goals.

Unfortunately, India falls at No. 135 in the global list of countries ranked on the basis of their HDI. That means, despite all the loud claims by the Indian government about the education standards in the country, the education in India is not producing skilled workforce. The so-called educated people in India are not employable in any modern field. Worse, most of them are not even trainable.

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Consequently, out of nearly 500 million workers in India, over 94% work in unorganized sector as pushcart vendors, street hawkers, domestic servants, and so on. This means the education standards in India are so poor that they are not producing workforce employable for respectable jobs in the organized enterprises.

Plus, the Web is replete with facts and figures that reveal the irrelevance of Indian education systems and how they are wasting students’ time and parents’ money.

Experts believe that awareness should be created at high-school level about various career options to students.

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Rakesh Raman