“So you don’t have any knowledge of any software, any practical knowledge?” asked the team manager of a reputed company.
“No sir, but I am a fast learner and academically strong,” was all I could reply.
From early on, we are taught that marks are the important thing, that we should always score 90% or more otherwise we wouldn’t be able to do anything in life.
An economics graduate from one of the most reputed universities of India, I felt like I knew nothing during my interviews. During the three years of my under graduation study, all I was taught was theoretical knowledge, no projects, no specialised software, no research, no knowledge of the actual world. Just theories, which no doubt are important but so is the practical knowledge. Even though I fought for a subject that offered somewhat practical knowledge, but I was refused by college authorities, even though university offered that subject. Why? Didn’t I have right to choose what I want to study? 21 years of my life gone by, and I didn’t know how to use the immense knowledge I had gathered over the years. The rat race we are put in by everyone, to score good marks, where does it lead? I was one of those rats, maybe still am. I was one of the top scorers in my college. And where did it land me? A year gap to prepare for my masters. Only those people, who actually take a year gap for studies during the prime years of their life, can understand the stress of it.
So not only marks, but an overall development of a child is necessary. Our system needs to learn this. That’s how you can actually turn this large population, which seems a burden to everyone, to the most powerful human force in the world. Otherwise, this “burden” on our shoulders, may never get off.
via Inside IIT