This is again, that time of year when hundreds of thousands of engineering students graduate from their college and start pondering over their next course of action.
They are torn between getting a job (those who did not have a campus selection opportunity) and going for post graduation.
For many going for a lost graduation is more of a compulsion, rather than a choice; they want to gamble further than last four years, trade another two years of their life, so that they can get a decent job.
A promise the make to themselves, with no surety, that whether they would be able to keep it or not.
But why is such scenario?
Why even after four years of hard work hundreds of thousands are forced to struggle to get a decent living?
The prime reason for this is the fact that, education in our society, is a trade, a trade of paper, where money is exchanged with that of a piece of paper called degree, which is kind of a promissory note, if getting a degree, but actually worth toilet paper, because it cannot be enforced.
The prime benefit of pursuing an engineering education is, it helps us to develop a mindset of problem solving and analytical skills. To rise through the obstacles, with a rational thought in an objective manner, which is what essentially we have to deal in life. One would immediately jump that, wow, yes indeed!
But how many parents send their children to engineering colleges to develop this mindset?
A deeper question comes to the mind that do they even really know, the value of an engineering education?
In their subconscious, overwhelmed by the dictaphone of others, which has drowned even the faintest cry of reason, still alive within them, after years of dank submission to irrational, probably they know; but do they?
For them, an engineering degree, more so from the 50 or so IITs, pardon me if I have lost the count, is a guarantee, again which they cannot enforce, of their ward getting a job and high social status. That's it! The end!
It's the end, the destination, which is in the focus, of the parents, then how would they even give a thought about the journey, about the process?
What they forget is that the journey is the destination...
And then a rooked completion of an engineering courses with the sole objective of earning a piece of paper to get a job, fails to fulfill the desired promise, everything from the national policy to educational policy to the institute is blamed for.
A kid who would go to an engineering college with the purpose of developing the problem solving mindset, would thoroughly enjoy her 4 year course and in the end would be automatically rewarded by a good job, because she learnt, what she was meant to and that valuable learning or skill, is unmatched.
Because the rest were pursuing a piece of paper, and not working in developing the problem solving mindset; because they were focused on the destination and not on the journey.
And then it is a straight question of demand and supply, when demand is more of people having problem solving mindset and they are less of them, because most of them are busy chasing the piece of paper, then who is going to get that coveted job?
It is elementary right?
So it is about time, that parents and future parents start questioning their beliefs and above all, start reasoning in a rational way, why they want their kids to have an engineering education.