We are thankful to the national and international media who have regularly recognized and supported Aspiring Minds efforts towards employability and efforts to create a level playing field for all.

Outlook dives deep to understand the declining charm of MBA degree

October 1, 2013: Is the MBA degree losing its sheen? With increasing number of students dropping out of the program and number of requests from MBA colleges to allow shutdown, the reply seems affirmative. In an interesting story to delve deep into the whys of this drift, Outlook magazine speaks to Varun Aggarwal...

Quality IT talent pool in India, grave: ET

New Delhi, October 1, 2013: Every year a huge chunk of IT engineers enter the Indian workforce. However, product firms still face a deficit in finding quality talent to hire. Economic Times aims to understand the reasons behind this mismatch. Quoting the Aspiring Minds' National Employability Report for Engineers...

Quality of higher education in India, a concern - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

September 18, 2013: India's higher education sector is amongst the largest in the world. But with the sector booming at a throttling pace, is the quality of higher education too equally? - a question that has become frequent now. In an interview with Aspiring Minds CEO, Himanshu Aggarwal, Australian Broadcasting...

Anant Agarwal of edX talks about Aspiring Minds to TOI

September 15, 2013: The education system needs a facelift in India and with the massive open online courses (MOOCs) coming up, change is imperative. In an interview with Times of India, Anant Agarwal, President, edX talks about edX' collaboration with Aspiring Minds and how will the collaboration help students identify skill gaps and aid in bridging those.

Australian daily, The Examiner features findings from Aspiring Minds report

September 11, 2013: There was a time when India took pride in its demographic dividend. But rising unemployment issues across the nation seem to be constantly raising questions on what actually went wrong. Leading Australian daily, The Examiner tries to dig deep into the situation and pin point the mismatch.

Varun Aggarwal speaks at management conclave organized by IMI, New Delhi

New Delhi, August 28, 2013: Varun Aggarwal, co-founder and CTO, Aspiring Minds was recently invited by International Management Institute, New Delhi to speak at their annual management conclave, CONVENTUS 2013. Varun shared his thoughts at the Entrepreneurial Summit on avenues open to entrepreneurs...

Himanshu Aggarwal speaks at NASSCOM Emergeout Conclave, Delhi

New Delhi, August 27, 2013: Himanshu Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO, Aspiring Minds was recently invited to speak at the NASSCOM Emergeout Conclave held in New Delhi on the 27th of August, 2013. This year’s theme at the conclave was “Indian IT coming of Age” with the intention to help tech entrepreneurs...

Aspiring Minds, EdX join hands to improve employability: Political and Business Daily

New Delhi, August 27, 2013: If an accurate employability assessment can help the industry identify skill-gaps among the perspective workforce, then a globally recognized standard learning initiative can help in effectively bridging these gaps. The recent collaboration of Aspiring Minds with EdX, the not-for-profit...

Nearly half of India's graduates unfit for gainful employment: BS

Mumbai, August 22, 2013: Despite producing lakhs of graduates every year, India wrestles with a crippling talent crunch. About 47% graduates are found unfit to be deployed in any sector of the growing knowledge economy, says the Business standard, citing the National Employability Report - Graduates (Annual Report 2013) by Aspiring Minds.

47% graduates in India unemployable for any job: MLM portal

August 17, 2013: Nearly half of all graduate students are unfit to be deployed in any job in any sector, even though the country churns out tens of thousands of graduates every year, says the International MLM portal citing an Aspiring Minds report. In a first-ever national audit of employability of graduate...

IT/telecom, manufacturing are top recruiters of engineers: TOI

August 12, 2013: Amidst a host of sectors emerging as possible job destination for engineering graduates, there is a perceptible urge among corporates to attract the best talent. In the hiring space, IT/telecom and the manufacturing sectors have emerged the top two recruiters for engineering graduates, says the Times of India.

NCR grads score high on job merits: TOI

New Delhi, August 8, 2013: Even though millions of students in India graduate every year, the availability of adequate number of employable talent continues to elude India Inc. Towards addressing this need, talent assessment companies such as Aspiring Minds are helping the industry with innovative assessment solutions...

Aspiring Minds, ABLE team up to evaluate biotech talent potential - BS

New Delhi, August 7, 2013: As one of the fastest growing knowledge-based sectors in country, the Indian biotechnology sector is all set to play a key role in shaping India's rapidly developing economy. Since biotechnology education is relatively nascent, there is a huge need of standardized automated assessments to properly...

Policies in line with local needs can reduce unemployment - BS

New Delhi, August 4, 2013: At a time when policy-makers debate how to utilize India's demographic dividend, unemployment continues to be a major concern for the economy with huge ramifications. Progressive legislators believe the problem should be attacked with solutions customized to local needs, says the Business standard...

Students of top B-schools lack practical intelligence: TOI

New Delhi, July 18, 2013: MBA graduates from top B-schools in India lag behind in practical intelligence, an industry-essential skill that makes candidates job-ready, says the TOI. Citing a report titled 'Practical Intelligence in Top B-Schools in India' by Aspiring Minds, the paper says the students fare significantly...

Demographic dividend or a demographic disaster in waiting? - CNBC Awaz

July 17, 2013: Job streams in the industry have largely dried out recently thanks to the ongoing economic downturn. The jobs that are available are battling a huge talent crunch, says CNBC Awaz. Citing an Aspiring Minds report, CNBC says as only a little over half of all graduates in India are employable, the pain...

Engineering Watch interviews Varun Aggarwal

Only 25% of engineers in India are employable, revealed a 2005 NASSCOM and Mckinsey Report, throwing vital questions on employability of Indian engineers. These, in turn, triggered the foundation of Aspiring Minds, which holistically addressed the issue by quantifying employability through a standardized adaptive test.

Nearly half of Indian grads unfit for any job: Rajyasabha TV

New Delhi, July 2, 2013: India churns out five million graduates every year, but nearly half of them are unfit to be employed in any industry sector, says the Rajyasabha TV, citing the shocking statistics from an Aspiring Minds report. Inadequate English language, computer and analytical skills...

50% of Indian graduates not fit to be hired: NDTV

New Delhi, June 25, 2013:Staggeringly high cut-offs on campuses may not automatically ensure a cut in the corporate world. Nearly half of the 50 lakh-odd graduates produced in the country every year are unfit for any job role in the industry due to poor English language, computer and analytical skills...

National Employability Report for graduates gets nationwide media coverage

New Delhi, June 25, 2013:Aspiring Minds’ "National Employability Report, Graduates, Annual Report 2013" was extensively covered by national and regional media. Endorsing the findings of the report, the media reports rued the abysmally low rate of employability among graduates across the country.

Poor English and computer skills turn graduates unemployable: TOI

New Delhi, June 23, 2013:As the Indian knowledge economy headhunts for talent, it continues to meet the grim prospect of an employable talent crunch. Adding to this story, only a little over half of the 5 million odd graduates produced in India every year are found to be employable, says the Times of India.

Engineers look for alternatives as demand from IT dries out: Live Mint

Banglore, June 20, 2013:The IT industry may no longer serve as a work haven for millions of engineers churned out from India's academic factories, as it battles a leaner and meaner business climate. This has forced most engineers to switch their career aspirations, says Live Mint. While a drastic drop in fresh IT recruitments by...

Industry-campus engagement should start right from 1st yr: Business Line

June 13, 2013: Despite the country producing a whopping 5 lakh engineers every year, Indian IT finds itself in the grip of an acute employable talent crunch, says the Hindu Business Line. Referring to an Aspiring Minds report the paper says a dismal 3.51% engineers are found suitable to be directly deployed on projects.

Employability of Indian MBA grads sharply drops beyond top 20 B-schools - GSBN

High quality, locally relevant management education can truly educate and empower people and entire nations, says a study by the Global Business School Network. Cataloguing a sampling of the approaches on how to fill the gaps in management talent in India and the developing world, the GSBN rues the effort is still...

Thapar varsity conferred with National Employability Award - HT

Chandigarh, June 1, 2013: As the country's topnotch educational institutions vye with each other to grab the lion's share of placements, they try to maintain their campus dominance by raising the employability level of their students. Recently, Punjab's premiere institution Thapar University was recognized among the top 10% campuses...

Varun Aggarwal shares the Aspiring Minds story at the 2013 Legatum Conference, MIT

Cambridge: Varun, Co-founder, Aspiring Minds was recently invited by the Legatum Centrer for Development and Entrepreneurship to speak at the 2013 Legatum Conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The conference invited entrepreneurs from the developing countries around the world to share...

Employability among Kerala engineering grads abysmally low: The Hindu

Kochi, May 17, 2013: Despite producing over five lakh engineers every year, India faces the grim prospect of acute employable talent shortage. Like many other states in the country, southern state Kerala is no exception. Kerala ranks 10th among 16 states in terms of employability of its engineers for...

Employers' attention shift from metros to small towns: The Week

May 14, 2013: Employers are shifting their focus from India to Bharat in search of the right candidate. Usually put in abeyance, when it comes to placements, as compared to their peers from metros and other top cities, talents from small towns are back in demand now, says The Week. Small town institutes now not only have impressive...

Gurgaon-based Aspiring Minds ushers into a new talent ecosystem: ET

Delhi, May 12, 2013: The National Capital Territory Region, especially Gurgaon has emerged as the most favored destination for some of the country's most promising as well as intriguing start-ups. And the story of Aspiring Minds too coincides with this epic growth, says the Economic Times.

Digital agency roles need strong English language skills: Afaqs Reporter

May 2013: Digital, the new 'new' media has elicited abundant interest among job seekers in recent past. However, it's observed many who grab jobs with enthusiasm in this industry, also jump the ship with equal haste, says the Afaqs Reporter magazine. Covering the expert comments from Aspiring Minds CEO Himanshu Aggarwal in its cover...

Aspiring Minds - A venture of the future: TOI

Gurgaon, April 29, 2013: Numerous start-ups have dotted India's corporate skyline, but few came to be rated as ventures of the future, not just for their innovative ideas but also for the impacts they have made. Profiling Aspiring Minds as a venture of the future, the Times of India says the assessment firm's business concept of making...

Recession forces just-in-time hiring in IT industry: Business Line

April 26, 2013: The IT industry, once the poster boy for thousands of job-seeking software engineers, is undergoing a paradigm shift. Smarting under the ongoing recessionary pressure, the industry has significantly downsized the net addition to its workforce. In some cases, reduced business requirements have forced it not to take...

Aspiring Minds' assessment solutions widely covered by Careers 360

Bangalore, April 19, 2013: Amidst continued global economic uncertainty, job security may be weighing heavily in the minds of employees, but not for a majority of the workforce in India. Quoting a 2013 survey report by staffing and HR services firm Randstad, Business Line has said a good 47% employees prefer better salary and benefits...

Higher salary and employee benefits comes before job security: Business Line

Bangalore, April 19, 2013: Amidst continued global economic uncertainty, job security may be weighing heavily in the minds of employees, but not for a majority of the workforce in India. Quoting a 2013 survey report by staffing and HR services firm Randstad, Business Line has said a good 47% employees prefer better salary and benefits...

Hundreds throng to take AMCAT at Rohtak’s Vaish College

Rohtak, April 12, 2013: As corporates increasingly focus on raising the quality bar of their human capital, placement-conscious campuses are exploring every option to reap the best placement opportunities for their students. Like scores of premiere institutions, Rohtak’s Vaish College has opted to take the route of online employability tests.

More corporate efforts needed to bridge talent deficit: Business India

March 31, 2013: The average Indian will be 29 years by 2020, says an IMF report.  Along with this growth-friendly demographic dividend comes the bigger challenge of making the huge young workforce industry-ready. Regardless of efforts from both government and corporates to train-and-deploy talent, unemployability of Indian graduates remains...

AMCAT-takers fast catching up: BS

New Delhi, March 28, 2013: With the unemployability of Indian graduates being a major concern in industry corridors these days, universities and progressive campuses are taking corrective steps to make their students more industry-ready. Realizing that all employability-related skill gaps cannot be addressed in the final year ...

Aspiring Minds Launches Mass Media Campaign: Mediavataar

March 14, 2013: Educational qualification and a glorious CV are no longer the credible differentiators. Both aspirants and corporates are adopting novel mechanisms to match 'people' to 'opportunity'. At the forefront of this, AMCAT, India's Largest Employability Test, has launched its first TV commercial as part of its mass media campaign...

AMCAT hits a million, now on National TV

March 7, 2013: With the first AMCAT TV commercial going alive on the national and the regional television, Aspiring Minds has crossed a major milestone in its journey to take AMCAT directly to the youth of the country.  AMCAT now directly touches One Million students, those in quest of their dream jobs, in over 3000 colleges spread across 25 states.

IndiaEducation interviews Himanshu, CEO, Aspiring Minds

New Delhi, March 6, 2013: The quantity of graduate talent in the country is on a big rise. However, there is a spreading concern about the unemployability of Indian graduates, be it in the field of engineering, management, or otherwise. Himanshu Aggarwal, CEO, Aspiring Minds, in a tete-e-tete with IndiaEducation talks about Aspiring Minds'...

Aspiring Minds announces National Employability Awards 2013

New Delhi, February 25, 2013: Aspiring Minds has announced National Employability Award 2013 for engineering colleges among the top 10% engineering campuses nationally or in their respective state. The purpose of the awards started in 2012 by Aspiring Minds is to recognize those colleges whose students are highly employable by the industry.

Varun Aggarwal advices on improving MBA grads' employability: Mail Today

New Delhi, February 12, 2013: Lack of jobs for management graduates is often blamed at fluctuating market conditions. In an exclusive thought column to Mail Today, Varun Aggarwal, CTO and COO, Aspiring Minds, presents a very different point of view: that there are always vacancies for deserving and employable candidates.

India should put thrust on quality of teaching: WSJ

New Delhi, February 07, 2013: Although in recent years, the Indian education industry have registered notable traction in terms of capacity expansion and success in checkmating national dropout rates, the quality of education imparted remains a key concern to be addressed by Indian policy makers, says the Wall Street Journal.

NEC expresses concern over unemployability of engineers: Mail Today

New Delhi, February 05, 2013: Although our academic factories are churning out a record 5 lakh engineers every year, a very little fraction of this talent pool is employable, says Mail Today. The newspaper featured the Delhi chapter of the National Employability Conclave organized by Aspiring Minds.

Aspiring Minds Receives Star Partner Award from HCL Technologies

Bangalore, February 01, 2013: Aspiring Minds, India's leading employability solutions firm was honored with the Star PartnerAward by HCL Technologies. The award given at the HCL Technologies' Strengthening Partnership Conference, held at The Zuri on February 1st, 2013, recognized Aspiring Minds' efforts to work closely with its clients partnering to achieve excellence in assessments, sourcing and operations to achieve scalable acquisition of the 'right' talent.

Small Enterprise India interviews Himanshu, CEO, Aspiring Minds

Bangalore, January, 2013: In an exclusive cover story, Small Enterprise India magazine features an interview with Aspiring Minds' CEO Himanshu Aggarwal. Himanshu dwells on the challenges facing Small and medium enterprises and how AMCAT, the highly sophisticated assessment instrument from Aspiring Minds is helping to take care of...

Lucknow University rolls out AMCAT for its students: HT

Lucknow, January 30, 2013: Lucknow University, like many other educational centres of note, is all set to conduct online employability assessment test to help its students bag jobs as per their choice and ability. The versity has taken the AMCAT route to enable students gain access to a career in the corporate world.

India's demographic dividend, an asset or a liability? ¬ India Knowledge@Wharton

January 09, 2013: India's burgeoning population, once considered a liability by many, is now touted to be the country's greatest asset. This is when India is growing younger as the world is aging.


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