Education is a weapon for existence. If trained to use the weapon properly, we succeed and our lives flourish. But when not trained properly, we live to fail and shine as examples of the poor process. Why do we need education? Only to live? Only for a job? Beyond that, education has a lot to do with our lives 40 to 50 years down the lane. Is education really helping us to live? Do we really get the right jobs with the education we gain from our current schooling system? For instance, if a doctor completes 5 years of MBBS, he or she will be able to practice medicine, attend to patients, and do surgery and so on. Does this apply to all the fields of study? The odds for this to occur in the field of engineering are very minute.
Why Engineering? What does engineering teach us? Are we real engineers?
Engineering is one of the most highly studied and chosen fields of undergraduate education. It must be practiced and preached the right way. The ideologies we study must have a great impact on our careers. An engineer must live and let live. A programmer must create his own code, an electrical engineer should be an expert in his own domain, a civil engineer must be capable of creating his own plan. Does that happen in real life? Is the education in college teaching us to be an expert in our field? This is when we question our capability of being a real engineer or any other field for that matter. Do we get good jobs or more appropriately, the right jobs? Are today’s engineers capable of unleashing the power of technology?
The engineering syllabus purely comprises of more theoretical studies than practical knowledge. Practical studies are more important than theories to be more skilled. Most of the companies which recruit students to look for that particular attribute in an individual. This attribute sets him/her apart from the rest. Pragmatic knowledge is the need of the hour. But our idea of education lies in securing the maximum grades and points, rather than looking at the bigger picture. Practical studies are given very less importance and considered trivial. This eventually grows as a fear and leaves us helpless during the time of an interview. Students get eliminated at the initial stages of the process. We live in a society where marks play an important role than knowledge. There are certain companies that hire students based on their grades. Only 3 out of 10 students are actually studious, by which we mean skilled. The rest of them are like ticking time bombs which are on the verge of exploding.
The premonition that engineering and medicine are the only branches of study that fetch you respectable jobs must be abolished from the society and promote unusually and out of the ordinary interests in children. And the quality of choosing what they desire over what they should do must be inculcated and appreciated by parents and teachers instead of viewing students as mark scoring machines. The need to break this monotony is especially high with increasing unemployment among youngsters today.
So it is high time the government and the society realize the need for qualitative education rather than quantitative education. This calls for revolutionary reforms in the Indian educational system if the world is looking at producing qualified and “educated” youngsters.