Government Policies and Vision: A Parameter for Choosing Career Option

There are total 3 stages where a student (not parents) is given option to choose his own career path.  At stage one, when he enters in the higher secondary education from secondary. He dreams something and accordingly he selects a broad area such as Science (Math or Bio), Commerce or Arts. Second stage comes after passing Sr. Secondary exam which is the key stage where he selects a very specific area for under graduation. Third stage comes after under gradation where students decide for their future strategy. If we see carefully these stages, the students are provided reasonable guidance by parents in selecting the broad area at 11th standard. However, students are most confused after passing out 10+2 exams due to different advices, insecurity, and pressure of parents’ ambitions and most importantly due to influence of friends’ decision. Third stage is full of clarity with freedom for students to finalize their career.

As per the study done by Career360, More than one crore students appear for their 10+2 examination each year across India. Of these, just over 15 per cent get the opportunity to go for higher studies and their choices have been uniform from time immemorial. The students are not aware of several career options they have. Parents play a very important role in decision making at this time. Now, what can be methodology to select the right career option? Parents first need to assess their ward’s interest area. One study that the parents only can do is to search career by looking into the Government’s policies and vision of coming 2-4 years. These visions show the growth direction of specific areas.

Let’s take few examples of present government policies and probably effected areas in education. ‘Make in India’ is a dream initiative of present government which has a vision to increase manufacturing sector growth to 12-14% per annum over the medium term; to increase the share of manufacturing in the country’s Gross Domestic Product from 16% to 25% by 2022 and most importantly to create 100 million additional jobs by 2022 in manufacturing sector. This leads to excellent career opportunities in manufacturing engineering and core engineering branches related to manufacturing such as mechanical and electronics engineering.

Another dream initiative of the Government is ‘Digital India’ which as a vision to build digital infrastructure as a utility to every citizen; to provide governance & services on demand and digital empowerment of citizens. ‘Digital India’ is envisioned to achieve Broadband in 2.5 lakh villages, universal phone connectivity Net Zero Imports by 2020; 400,000 Public Internet Access Points Wi-fi in 2.5 lakh schools, all universities; Public wi-fi hotspots for citizens. Most importantly to produce 1.7 Cr trained manpower for IT, Telecom and Electronics Jobs and to create direct 1.7 Cr. and Indirect at least 8.5 Cr. This opens the career options in the areas related to Electronics and IT sector. Parents, who are willing to make their ward’s career in soft areas, should go through various specializations so that the student can be trained in specific areas to prepare himself according to Digital India mission.

Several other projects of the present Government are Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, Smart Cities Project and Indira Awaas Yojana also opens the doors for students in the areas such Electrical, Civil and Construction.

These projects are opening the career options for all educational areas such as Engineering, Management, Commerce, Research and Development. The core area which will take lead currently is the Engineering education as this is required during building stage and jobs in other areas will be created after stage wise completion of the projects. However, the number of jobs will be very high in nature for all the areas in 3-4 years of time. Therefore, the parents who are willing to choose their ward’s career, should study deeply all the policies and to discuss with their ward to select his own area of interest and then to select the education area. Thereafter, it comes to selection of the Institution which provides best education in these areas. The institution focusing its study on such latest developments and to build its curricula accordingly may only take position within top institutions in India or world.

Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at JK Lakshmipat University is committed to provide excellent academic environment with a nice blend of theoretical and practical components with sufficient industry orientation. Having support of more than 100 years old JK Organization, JKLU is successfully following its path towards academic excellence. The focus on ‘Skill Development’, ‘Industry Orientation’ and ‘Entrepreneurship Skills Enhancement and Awareness’ is enhancing employability of all its Engineering graduates. Frequent industry visits, number of talks by industry experts, industry consultation in updating the curricula, 21 credits worth industry training programmes, scheduled skill enhancement programmes in each semester are few of the efforts put in by IET in the said direction. IET is focusing on manufacturing, environment and IT specializations to provide the benefits of all the government projects to Higher education. Therefore, IET and JKLU are being rated with excellent rankings by several magazines and publication houses. No doubt to say that IET is creating a path for many other private Institutes to follow, it they want to remain in the list of top Engineering Institutes.

About The Author

Dr Umesh GuptaDr Umesh Gupta, Associate Professor, IET, JK Lakshmipat University

He did his PhD from University of Rajasthan. Currently he is supervising his PhD candidates working in the area of Optimization Techniques. In addition to basic Mathematics courses, he has taught many application oriented courses like, Optimization Techniques, Computer Based Numerical and Statistical Techniques, Operations Research, Research Methodology, Statistics for Research etc. to the Engineering and Ph.D. students. He is the life member of various national and international academic bodies, like, Indian Science Congress, Indian Mathematical Society, Operational Research Society of India, and Rajasthan Academy of Physical Sciences. He is an elected senior member of IACSIT, Singapore.

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