-Words by Kartikey Joshi
What after 12th?
Engineering of course?
But why? “I don’t know, because everyone’s doing it!”
Yes, this is going to be the reason for the upcoming crisis that we are headed to.
Engineering is a prestigious branch of science dealing with technology concerned with design, building and use of machines, engines and structures. It is considered to be one of the professional career options with a good pay and social respect.
But of late, it has become a compulsion or “must do stuff” for most of the youth.
This may sound normal while reading, but the long term picture of this scenario is horrific.
Every year nearly 11 lakh students apply for pursuing engineering as their career and not even half of them have any interests of their own, in engineering.
There are a lot of reasons for the numbers being significantly high.
The most responsible factor for the huge number of applicants is the peer pressure and family pressure. When we see our relatives’ children, the class toppers and friends going crazy about how the life is going to be set after engineering, we blindly follow them like a flock of sheep.
Everyone is eating out their share from the biggest event of the year, in the name of education.
There are multiple privately owned institutions being opened up every day. They,with their fancy campuses and infrastructure lure the students and after four years of fooling them, they produce a batch of unemployed and unskilled engineers.
Not to mention the role of coaching institutes. They play the numbers game by presenting their success charts over the years in getting students into prestigious colleges.
They suck heavy fees from students and are among the prime contributors to the case.
According to a study from Times of India,
80% of the engineering graduates per year are unemployable.
Forget about being employed, these graduates don’t even have the skill set to get employed.
But this needs to stop.
The root problem is, that there are a large number of applications compared to the jobs available. People in our country are scared to step out of their comfort zone and take risks.
See engineering, MBBS or civil services, they are just some popular career options. It doesn’t mean that they are the only ones.
There is a sea of opportunities out there.
You just need the courage to step out of your boat and start to swim.
May be you might find the island of your dreams, or else parents always boasted about taking science after 10th and its benefits.
Has it ever occurred to you about the very few Nobel Prizes in Science since independence?
We are driven into this vicious trap since our school days, but time has come to think and act differently.
Teachers, Lawyers, Politicians, Armed forces, Pilots, Managers, Scientists and what not?
Be a change yourself and witness how the world changes with you.
With our country getting recognized as the fastest growing economy, we can let it down.
Let the world see creativity, skills and entrepreneurship.
Let us not be carried away what others are doing.
For one time lets be us and for once try what we feel is good for us.
Anything done with love and compassion always brings success.
Engineering is not the only passage to a secure life.
Let us end this hegemony of engineering or medicals in this country and give our passion a chance.
Pursue engineering only if you have thought it through and you know this is what you were made for.