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“Education consultancy” = Confuse young minds!

An early morning “Bull-shit!!!” provoker : “Choose computer science and IT courses”

This article opens with :

“Students waiting to join engineering colleges have been advised to choose computer science and IT courses since they have huge potential for jobs.”

Congratulations for an absolutely [err.. excuse me] retarded opening! Bravo!

Another “D’oh!” statement :

“Stating that the core engineering branches have limited job potential, Mr. Gandhi said that students need to do career planning every year to make themselves employable and successful.”

What ever happened to “Follow your dreams”? So its “Follow the herd” now!

Oh sorry. . How can it be “Follow your dreams”? Youngsters are not even given the time or chance to “dream”. They are deliberately kept ignorant of the concepts like “dream”, “passion”, “do what you enjoy” etc. How can such thoughts even enter their minds? After all, they are constantly reminded that the purpose of life is to clinch a high-paying job the highest-paying job and live happily ever after!

Agreed that it is important to create skill pools for promising industries, channel talent towards strengthening the economy etc etc etc. But. .should it be at the cost of the individual?

Why don’t the so-called “education consultants” realize that by taking the job oriented approach, they are doing more harm than to good to an entire generation? Why don’t they realize that they are creating a “career caste system” when they say things like these?

“For the students, the analyst had given an order of preference while choosing an engineering branch after the Plus Two results were declared and when they go for Anna University counselling. The top three, he said, will be Computer Science/IT, EEE and Civil engineering. Then comes mechanical and ECE, he said based on an analytical study based on investments, Government policy and job potential.”

“CS > EEE > Civil > Mechanical > ECE. . . .” reminds me of the distorted Varna System – “Brahman > Kshatriya > Vaishya > Shudra”!

To list a few consequences of such propaganda :

  • Youngsters, who are yet to discover what they like to do in life [and the majority falls in this category!] start believing “CS > EEE > Civil > Mechanical > ECE. . . .” and that “If I get a CS engineering seat, I am superior… If I can get only a Mechanical engineering seat, I am not good enough”. A notion damaging the morale & self-confidence of students who pursue forced to pursue one of the “lower” streams of engineering.
  • It is not just the youngsters who are confused. . Parents too start believing in this “career caste system”. A child has not lived up to their expectations if he/she doesn’t procure a CS/EEE seat! And of course. . Comparisons between my child, your child and his/her child follow. . More of “morale boosting” for the students!
  • Lots of misfits! People who have a flair for mechanical engg. end up spending 4yrs and probably their life trying to code C and Java programs all of which appear latin to them.. All because they made the mistake of scoring well enough in exams and the parents-peers-others combine brainwashed them to take up CS cos it is the “in-thing”.  The reverse too. . ppl whose marks could not afford their cherished EEE seat and they end up yearning for it all their life. A B.Tech in the wrong stream is a life-long burden for many. . for not many people get the opportunity to switch streams later.
  • At some point, it no longer matters what stream you did your B.Tech in. For Infosys, CTS, TCS, Wipro etc are all too eager to take you in just for sitting through 4yrs of courses you don’t appreciate. They say “Come on in.. we know you have the patience. .and you are malleable. .though you are still technically only as good as you were after school. We would train you to do just exactly what we want you to do. . both of us happy”!
  • People stuck in “careers” mechanically working away. . No passion. .It is merely a job that pays. No passion = No good work/thinking/research. Don’t you dare complain that India is in a deep rut when it comes to research!
  • All fields apart from the “chosen few” languish. And are you wondering about pure science, arts, journalism etc? Oh Come on. . stay off. .they are the untouchables in the “career caste system”.
  • You have a generation full of confused folks, who haven’t identified their interests or realized their potential or have had even a glimpse of the pleasures of working on something they enjoy.

When would this kind of blind social conditioning change?? 😐


7 responses

  1. You are so right!

    Me – Thanks Stephanie. .And welcome 2 this space 🙂

    May 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm

  2. lav

    Change? The alternative you are providing is dream/be passionate/do-what-you-like and so on which is way too arbit when compared to the spoon fed do-4yr-BE and your life is settled.

    Change requires too much work :D.

    Me – Right! We the lazy folks!

    May 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm

  3. balaji

    i see u’re into social reform these days,& no doubt its good.liked the last 3 points very much.

    May 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm

  4. mjain

    yeah u r right..
    hey have a look at it…. jst see 30 pages , I am sure you find the way…

    Me – I guess you meant the part where she goes to a new school. Yes. . That does seem like a nice way of educating. .Almost Utopian ;).
    Thanks for visiting 🙂

    May 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm

  5. syamala

    feel like an educationalist in the making. Hope this attitude helps the needy. all the best

    May 2, 2010 at 11:06 pm

  6. I agree with you 🙂
    I don’t agree with you on the grounds that majority of the students who join college only aim at the job(whichever,whatever) rather than the passion..If it was the passion driving the kids,only IITs were ebough in this country 😛

    Me – I meant majority of students who enter college do not know what they want to do/learn. . And when they are subjected to the kind of brainwashing the “education consultant” does, they do not even think of learning for the sake of learning. . They end up thinking Degree=Job. May be I would not complain much even if the jobs under consideration did not comprise of just the IT industry ones.
    Btw. . who says passion drives IITians? The only passion driving most of them here is “To be an IITian”. . and there are as many souls here as there are outside, who do not know what they want to do! 😉

    May 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm

  7. Yep. This is super sick. I got into computer science because I spent all day on the computer i.e. orkut 🙂 I still am not sure if CS was the right choice 🙂

    BTW, I’m going to write a post about the consultants post-B.E. Like one I decided to give a try (and found totally incompetent) before heading to the US.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:22 am

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