Let Education Be Education!

So…results are out, advertisements are out, breaking news are flashed, interviews are done, sentimental background stories compiled! But wait a minute- Am I talking about some international achievement in sports tournament or results of JEE-Advance? Difference is almost non-existent, right! And in a few days from this article, another field will be going through same roller coaster ride(Let me give you an hint- starts from “M”). So what is this article about? Is it another rant about how unfair education system is….probably no! Is it about pressure on students grilling day and night to score good marks…..Hell no, because there is nothing wrong in hard work! So what am I try to imply with such a thought provoking title “Let Education be Education”- probably the fact that most of us has truly forgotten what education was supposed to mean! The basic question of “What, Why, How, When, Where” are long lost and no one especially in these factories(coaching institutes), churning out doctors and engineers by the second, are doing anything for their revival! So if you are a strong supporter of these “factories”, I would not recommend you to read further because I am strongly and staunchly going to contradict the basis of those! If you indeed choose to read, read at your own risk. Let us begin:

Before a few of you try to dissect my educational history, I will tell you myself and save you some trouble because we have important things to discuss. I studied in one of those factories, as blind as anyone else in the starting, lost my way in the end, managed to crack through one of the most sought after institution entrance exam, lost my way again, and now on my way to graduate, with a clear path ahead. That being said, I recently had a chance of observing the Great Indian Results Drama! There was this exam, which almost 1.5L students appeared for, some students scored well because of their effort, some scored well because they were born in certain special circumstances, but all this is fine! Then students who scored well were celebrated as heroes and heroins of some popular Bollywood Movie. Processions were carried out, they were honored with garland and tilak, a ceremony so grand that even Knighthood Ceremony of UK would get a tinge of inferiority complex!(Exaggerated, I agree). Those who did not score well, simple, Villains for their family and society! (To be clear, I never allowed my institute to publish my photo!)

Let us take a step back and see what are we doing- There are students, still teenagers, treating them like Kings and Princes, giving them “God Complex” too early to handle! We then introduce them to dogma that this particular branch is “only” good branch (just after observing short term benefits!) and not encouraging them to pursue their interests! What happens next? These students, most get complacent at the worst possible time of their career and screw up at a place where they should be excelling with flying color and screw up at places, from where recovery is way too difficult! So congrats “factories” for screwing up most of the engineering generation! Kudos! Complacency + God Complex (that they can do anything with minimal effort) + Freedom of college life=Disaster in most cases!(I was one of them!) End result is a generation of doctors and engineers without any perspective or vision for their future!

Coming back to “factories”- buildings are proudly labeled as “coaching institutes” and people working inside those buildings, especially those who interact with students are “coaches”. Mind You, not “School and Teachers”! Funny isn’t it! End result, you don’t get “education” from teachers, instead you get “instruction” from coaches! As emphasized in a great movie “3 Idiots”- “Chabuk ke darr se sikhaye huye sher ko Well Trained kehte hai, Well Educated Nahi”. Similar! We are getting a supply of “Well Trained” students and not “Well-Educated”. Is it purely the fault of “factories”? Well is corruption purely because of corrupt officers, No, right! What I believe is that, it is the right time for “Coaches” to turn into “teachers” and give their students some perspective about life and subjects! Work hard to inculcate the passion of “finding” an answer rather than “solving” a problem! Decide for yourself! What do you want- instruction or education?

But then, who is going to listen to me! It is not like parents will stop submitting their “raw materials” to these “factories”. And it is not that harmful! It gives you a chance to sit in premier institutes of country, makes you hard working, competitive and quick! But if parents and “coaches” try to inculcate perspective, vision in their students and kids, may be a lot of problems like suicide, depression, inferiority complex, god complex, callousness, hopelessness etc. will solve and a generation of Engineers will be produced who will revive the glory of Engineering(especially!). To students(especially preparing for Engineering or are recently selected) there is one task for you, just one- Understand how you “engineer” a solution to a problem!

Cheers! I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. But I believe that somewhere someone will appreciate my thought, and life of couple of students will change because of that!

Let Education be Education!




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