Little did Jigme Yonten know then, when he was chosen for a government’s scholarship to pursue Electronics and Communications (EC) engineering program in India, that it wasn’t the end of grueling times for him.
Now that he has finished his engineering program, he has almost all knowledge of the course, except for a job. The reality is that he has been jobless for two years now despite bagging government scholarship after Class XII in a selection process that sees stiff competition every year.
Imagine if this is the condition of a few of those who are chosen for government scholarship, what is happening to those who return after graduation, finding private colleges and universities within and outside the country on their own.
It has been justified time and again that the mismatch of jobs and skills in the job market is the main reason for jobseekers not getting jobs. This statement has been declared everywhere, as euphemism for the reality.
The reality, however, is that even a few slots under the government scholarship don’t match what the present job market demands. What needs to be done or could have been done instead is that these slots should be examined. Isn’t the government also contributing to the unemployment problem by continuing such practice rather than unearthing these mismatches?
It’s notable, nonetheless, that the government is working to address the unemployment issue through programs such as the Employment Guarantee Program and Oversea Employment Program (OEP). Further, the government also has the Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP) that mentions clearly that a criterion to be eligible for the ESP fund centers around employment generation.
And while scores of graduates are being employed through the OEP, certain observers, however, also feel that it’s just a short-term measure. What would they do once these newly recruits complete their contract and return home? Wouldn’t that open the floodgate of jobseekers again?
It, therefore, becoming all the way more important to explore for long-term solution to this problem. We could do that from exploring what are taught in schools, training and tertiary institutes to scholarship slots and jobs that have demand not just within the country, but in the region as well.