India has a very large number of engineering and science graduates. Indian companies provide engineering services globally. However, when it comes to product design and innovative solutions to society’s problems, India lags far behind.
This is due in large measure to the limited practical exposure of students in the largely theory-oriented UG teaching in most of our colleges. Further, many of the teachers have not worked in industry and hence have little practical experience.
Many students do not develop innovative and entrepreneurial mindset. Most of them do not get core engineering jobs, many leave engineering altogether. Out of about 1 million engineers graduating per year in India, over 40% are considered unemployable by Indian industry and over 80% are unemployable in the knowledge industry. We estimate that barely 3-5% are capable of doing innovative design.
LEAP is working towards changing this, making even students from rural engineering colleges capable of doing innovative design. Know more...