NEW DELHI: Engineering students of both government and private institutions might soon have to write a mandatory exit examination in their final year.

Their performance in this examination is likely to determine their employability, as the government plans to share their scores with prospective employers.

Concerned about the quality of engineering students graduating every year, the government is proposing to test their “attainment levels” through this examination. The issue will come up for discussion at a meeting of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) next week.

The proposed test is the result of the feedback the government has received about skewed standards of the country’s engineering education, which produces seven lakh students annually from 3,000-odd registered technical institutes. Data show that only 20% to 30% of them get a decent job. The low employability is attributed as much to the lack of requisite skills as to the falling demand from the industry.

“We want to check their aptitude, skills and critical thinking and not just theory. The exit examination will be focused entirely on that. This will give us a feedback on the teaching standards at these institutes too. We will be able to suggest remedial measures as it will help in identifying the colleges which require teacher training etc.,” said a human resource development (HRD) ministry source.

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