(This post might offend my readers, but please know that this is only a constructive criticism. This post is especially meant for my contrymen.)
India is one of the largest producer and exporter of ‘Engineers and other professionals’. You go to the busiest bus station / railway terminal in Chennai or Mumbai and throw a stone, it will definitely hit a dog or an Engineer.
I read the news some days back that a million Engineers struggling to get a job. That’s not a small number. Time has come for these Engineers to go out and get some job because the investment involved in the process of becoming an Engineer is not small pocket sized. I wonder what’s with the obsession of Engineering all about?
I have come across people who work for banks with their Engineering degree. Why on earth would you want to spend that money and be over-qualified and do a job which requires a basic degree and some extras? Why?
This post is not taking a dig at engineering alone. MBA graduates, god knows what’s the status but I am sure they should also be struggling. Medical students, I wouldn’t comment as there is an ever-increasing requirement for them. Politics, hell yeah, those affluent people who entertain themselves by beating the crap of other not so influential and innocents, ultimately reach there. We have people ever willing to do that.
Now look at the other side; Sports. Except Cricket no other sport is getting aid of any sort. Sadly from a population of 1.2 billion people, we cannot find 11 people to form a good football team. Hockey is a name that has never been heard since Dhanraj Pillay retired some years back. Olympic medal ranking of India is a joke. No perks or promotions from the govt. as usual.
Though these things are really sad, this is not my point. I wouldn’t be wasting my time commenting on politics and governance. Imagine govt. that doesn’t react to assaults on women after all these cry and hue, reading my post and taking action. That would be the best Bollywood (Indian film industry) script ever to be written. I don’t want to give them such a rough time. Rather this post is for Indian parents.
Let me start with a regional movie dialog:
When you are in school, you are persuaded to get good grades so that you can get into a good college. When you are in college, you are told to get good grades again so that you get a good job. When you get a good job, you are told to get married and settle in life. After you are married, you are advised to have kids before its late. Then comes your kids turn…
I feel sick and tired of hearing this over and over again people advise their kids. Indian education has been all about studying, getting grades and securing a job. No emphasis on entrepreneurship or other fields that may benefit the individual as well as nation. Some things I have to say about this:
- Please grow up people. They are humans and blessed with brains. Let them worry about what they have to become after they are matured. Why the hell would you decide something that they themselves can do?
- The director for education had once commented that out the total engineers that come out only 30%-40% of the lot are employable.
- Forcing your children to get a great job so that you don’t have to be bothered later, isn’t that selfish? Killing the dreams of someone for your good and creating a back up for later is mean. That’s not termed love, it’s termed exploitation of relationship.
- Rather than aiming to make your children rich, how about making them successful. The only way to do that is to find out what they do the best and encourage and train them in that.
Let me take a moment to draw your attention to scenarios of other countries. You see everything is in a balance there. There are musicians, sportsmen, IT professionals and farmers. Everything is in balance, which is sadly not the case in our country.
As parents it would be the best if you can guide your children to become bold to face the society, teach them what’s right and wrong, help them be successful and motivate them that should be more than fine. Let your children follow their heart and let the country benefit as they get benefitted.
Before I stop, imagine Sachin Tendulkar singing a song and Michael Jackson playing cricket. Won’t look good right?
pic credit : Google search