Report says STEM jobs raising in India

One of the job sites, indeed released a report that jobs related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have increased by 44% between November 2016 and November 2019.

Highlights

The report said that Delhi led the was with 31% of overall postings. It was also high in other Metros like Mumbai contributing to 21% of the posting, Bengaluru-14%, Pune-12%, Hyderabad-12% and Chennai-10%. The Western region of all part of India has the highest job postings of STEM.

Indeed is a private jobs searching portal. However, the report is justifiable from the predictions of National Science Foundation. According to NSF, 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require some form of science and mathematics skills.

Barriers in India

The real issue is that though India’s demand is good and growing, the real man power to fill in the demand, the younger generation is lagging skills to fulfill with the demands. This is mainly because of the minimal contribution of education system towards STEM field at school level.

India is still following exam-oriented evaluation in STEM fields as well. This model is difficult to develop STEM oriented skills in children. Also, the right age of children to develop their interests towards science and technology is 8 years. The infrastructure and man power to identify their interests at that age is lagging. This is mainly because of the following

  • The biggest challenge of STEM in Indian education is curriculum, infrastructure and guidance support
  • Another major hinderance is funding. Schools require maker spaces, good computers and DIY (Do IT Yourself) tools.
  • Educators still believe that STEM introduction will divert students from concentrating on other curriculum. Therefore, they hesitate to adopt STEM education.

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200 fighter jets to be acquired by Indian Air Force

The Government of India will acquire around 200 aircrafts. Of these 200, 83 fighter jets are LCA Tejas Mark 1A and are to be procured from HAL. The rest are to be procured based on Request for Proposals.

Highlights

The design of the fighter jets was finalized by HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited). HAL will start manufacturing 8 LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas Mark 1A per year and will slowly increase the count to 16 per year. The LCA Tejas recently became the first indigenously made aircraft to make arrested landing on INS Vikramaditya.

LCA Tejas

The LCA Tejas was designed by HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) and ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) in 1980s. It replaced India’s MiG-21. So far, LCA Tejas is operating only in India. However, Egypt and Sri Lanka have shown interests in the aircraft. This will help India achieve its Defence exports targets of Rs 35,000 crores by 2024.

India has plans exports Tejas Mark 1A and not its advanced version Tejas Mark 2.

Tejas Mark 2

Tejas Mark 2 has increased internal fuel capacity of 3.3 tonnes. Also, it is equipped with an artificial intelligence-based cock pit that is optimally manned. It has provisions for the ground stations to take control when the pilot falls unconscious or is injured. The alert signals of unconsciousness of the pilot will be generated by his helmet.

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