This refers to the news report titled Nasscom-McKinsey study should have an expiry date ( Business Line , May 24).

It is heartening to note that the quality of engineering graduates has improved in the last few years. At this juncture, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) must commission a detailed study to empirically assess the employability of India's engineering graduates in the IT industry.

There cannot be a time better than this as there is an enormous amount of (de)branding by all and sundries, thanks to the off-quoted McKinsey-Nasscom study. The biggest asset for the Indian IT industry is India's soft assets and this “25 per cent employable syndrome” is only devaluing this soft asset.

The new study must ask many questions: Why should all the engineers be employable in the IT industry when there are other career options? Does the study not have an expiry date .

With Moore's law catching up, is the antiquated and regimental higher education system doing any good to the graduates? Why should institutions be blamed while there is a huge lacuna in the policy making?

Many such questions need serious introspection and answers. S.Vaidhyasubramaniam

Thanjavur

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