Teaching tech to young: Kerala offers a solution to India’s jobs crisis in IT sector

Teaching tech to young: Kerala offers a solution to India’s jobs crisis in IT sector

  • Several factors are working in tandem to drastically decrease the job and wage prospects in this sector, creating a scenario where even a state like Kerala, which has the highest literacy rate in the country, finds itself in a position where 25 per cent of its engineering graduates are unemployed , and 66 per cent are engaged in non-technical jobs with wages less than that of manual labourers.
  • The state has tied up with the UK-based Raspberry Pi Foundation, and has distributed thousands of credit card sized single board computers called ‘RasPis’ to the students in various government-run schools, and has set up a structured programme to train these students in basic coding skills.
  • As of now, over 2,500 schools across the state have participated in both these programmes, and over 25,000 students have been trained on coding, and electronics-related technical skills.
  • The process of imparting technical skills and encouraging entrepreneurial activities continues in the higher educational institutions, with 226 of the various engineering, polytechnic, arts and science colleges in the state taking part in them.
  • Nonetheless, a small market state like Kerala, with limited exposure to mainstream avenues of institutional capital, has created a competitive technology startup ecosystem and a premium technical workforce.


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