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Are foreign graduates more employable than Indian graduates?

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Graduates from foreign varsities more employable

According to the 'India Employability Survey 2014' launched by the British Council, 39% of graduates from the foreign universities are more employable than 14% of graduates from Indian universities.

The survey says that graduates from Indian universities have more expectation on jobs, when compared for the foreign varsities graduates.

The research, conducted by business research firm IMA India, surveyed 200 foreign and Indian companies and tried to gauge the preferences of the graduates among employers based on various parameters.

As per the reports, only 51.4% of organisations visit the recruitment process in top 20 institutions in India. But, more than 60% of companies visit top 50 universities abroad to hire the candidates.

Pre-dominantly, companies hire at least one candidate from any one of the universities, for the industries such as consumer goods (60%), services (52.2%), and infrastructure, telecom and energy (50%); followed by Information Technology(35.7%) and Industrial (34.5%) sectors which are given lesser importance.

The top choice for employers are American universities (41.6%), followed by UK universities (25.8%) and German universities (6.9%). The survey also revealed the importance given to internship programs as a criteria for hiring by most companies.

"As organisations strive to compete and drive business growth in an increasingly global marketplace, they place significant importance on international education in talent they recruit," British Council India director Rob Lynes said.

"Further, Indian universities graduates were found to be relatively stronger on the soft skills, such as working with diverse groups of people, and inter-personal skills," he said.

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