The study concluded that only 4.2 percent of the engineering graduates were fit to work at a software company, with 17.8 percent having some chance to be picked up by a general IT services firm. The low quality of India's specialists and their additional lack of English-comprehension skills have reportedly gotten so bad that some large Indian tech firms are hiring liberal arts majors and training them from scratch. That's right: The engineers' knowledge is so tainted that it's better to start with a blank slate, which is probably the nicest thing a tech company will ever call a liberal arts major. Even more ironically, other Indian tech companies have to outsource jobs abroad because they can't find qualified employees at home. When the Indian call center firm 24/7 Customer Pvt. Ltd. needed to hire 3,000 new IT employees in 2011, they were so desperate for qualified candidates that they had to expand their search to the Philippines and Nicaragua.
So that woman in Bangalore pretending to be in Wisconsin might really be a woman
from Nicaragua pretending to be a woman in Bangalore pretending to be in Wisconsin.
So who's to blame for this situation? The rest of the world, for foisting our unrealistic stereotypes on an entire country? Or those stupid Indians, for being so stupid? Neither! The Indian tech boom was a totally legitimate swing toward science, and there still are a lot of incredibly talented and brilliant scientists coming from Indian universities. It's just that, as India becomes increasingly known for its skilled engineers, the demand is outpacing the supply, and schools are growing desperate enough to start fudging the numbers. Low teacher salaries, out-of-date programs, and rampant cheating are all fairly common, resulting in poorer education standards overall. And all this in order to keep pumping out cheap nerds for the rest of the world to abuse over the telephone.
So we guess the lesson here is never succeed at anything, because people will expect waaay too much of you down the line. That's a credo we at Cracked have been living by for years.