Focus on communication skills, students told

Staff Reporter

"Thousands are classified unemployable as they lack leadership skills"

Areas such as farming and food technology too need qualified youth Teachers should work and innovate together

TAMBARAM: Anna University Vice-Chancellor D. Viswanathan on Saturday urged students to focus more on improving their communication skills and leadership qualities as lack of these qualities came in the way of getting a good job.

Many of the thousands of graduates passing out of government and private technical institutions found themselves unable to get a lucrative job after studies as their recruiters complained of woeful standards of the students' presentation and communication skills, he said.

"Students should realise these were the reasons for not getting good jobs," he said while taking part in the first convocation of the Prince Shri Venkateshwara Padmavathy Engineering College at Ponmar near Tambaram. Pointing out nearly one lakh students were receiving education in more than 200 private technical institutions in the State, Mr. Viswanathan said several thousands were classified as "unemployable" by recruiters.

Stating that there were no dearth of jobs and citing studies that forecast the availability of several lakhs of jobs for qualified technical graduates, the Vice-Chancellor said more than 50 students of the Anna University were picked up by companies in campus recruitment for high-paying jobs. He also asked the students not to be bothered too much about Information Technology as other areas, such as farming and food technology needed qualified youth.

He cautioned that if the trend of "unemployable" graduates continued, a situation would arise where Indian companies would be forced to recruit skilled youth from abroad.

Reminding them that their parents spend a few lakhs on their education, he told students to focus solely on their studies. Justice A. Kulasekaran, Judge of the Madras High Court, who presented degrees to the graduates, said in educational institutions, teachers should work and innovate together.

Instead of focussing only on the academic and technical skills, institutions should also develop students' professional competency, self-confidence, managerial efficiency and entrepreneurial development. D. Vasudevan, correspondent, welcomed the gathering.