1) Taking up Engineering for Society’s Sake:
The moment a child clears his / her Xth standard exams , the coaching enrollment drama begins. if you are a science student, the packages are XIth + XIIth + CET /JEE or XIth + XIIth + NEET. So basically by default the professions available for the child are ,either Engineering or Medicine. The Child has no clue ,for what rhyme or reason has he/she enrolled for these courses.
The Rat race finally, leads them to filling up a centralized admission form, selecting various engineering colleges and courses. By default, they land up into an engineering college, ask them Why Engineering ?? , well everybody said ‘SCOPE achcha hai’ , so i am here.The child was never given an option to choose, most students are pushed into engineering by the wierd working ways of our society.
2) Studying for Examination only:
Once into engineering, most students develop a mind set . They feel, that their sole aim during the semester should be clearing the papers. They pick up the smallest possible notes, most concise possible material or in lot of cases, just the past examination papers. Anything that they score over 40% (passing score) is a bonus and they are happy ,just coz they do not have a backlog. This Attitude is the root cause of why lot of children ,though they clear engineering, they never learn anything, at the end of the four years , the mind is a clean slate.
3) Not acquiring additional Technical knowledge:
The world of technology changes at a very rapid pace.The Universities cannot update or change their syllabus or teaching pattern on an yearly basis, as there are too many constraints to take care of and careers of too many students are at stake.
it is then up-to the students to acquire additional technical knowledge, which is more relevant to the real world.Most students, stay in the engineering cocoon thinking that, just the 40 odd subjects that they study in four years of engineering will make them good enough to face the real world.Hence, once they join the industry they get a reality check, but unfortunately it is too late by the.
4) Not Enhancing their skill set:
Engineering students just need technical knowledge, is what most students are coaxed into believing.With every company now going global, even a little additional skill,like knowing a foreign language or little knowledge in finance , can actually catapult them to a different league. This is one aspect which is still totally missing in engineering setup.how about adding a foreign language as a subject ?
5) Not working while studying
‘Beta, kaam chhod, padhai par dhyan de’ , how often have we heard this ? ,I firmly believe that a child would definitely start working while studying. its not about money, its about the experience, the interaction with other colleagues , meeting the boss, following the deadlines, it helps you grow as a person. if this growth happens as a younger age, it helps in making a child a thorough professional.
6) Industrial Visits:
The engineering curriculum has an industrial visit every year. The aim is ,to help students understand how the industry set up is made and how it works. But, at times I keep wondering, what technical industries do our students visit in Manali , Goa, Kochi,Darjeeling and Gangtok. your guess is as good as mine, industrial visit in Engineering curriculum is a joke.
7) thinking Good Scores = Good Skills:
Since childhood a child is made to believe, that higher he/she scores in exams , the better they are. When in Engineering, kids scoring an 8 or 9 CGPA , start thinking that they are now skilled technically too or they are technically more sound than their classmates. Honestly, the scores reflect nothing, as the tests ,never end up testing the calibre of the child, it tests just the preparation.
8) No Long term Planning :
A student ,at most plans for a semester. ask them and the answer will be, i am doing an internship this sem or i am taking the GRE this sem etc. ask a student about their plan in the next three years, then they are as clueless as they ever were. they are never made to look at the larger picture.
9) Thinking Engineering in India is not rewarding:
Finally, two years into engineering and couple of news reports ,makes a student believe that , taking up engineering was a mistake.they are totally convinved that engineers in India are jobless and struggling and their entire four years of study are a waste.
With all its problems, trust me Engineering is still one of the most rewarding fields. Agreed, that there are lot of engineers who are job less, but are they skilled engineers? , i am afraid, they are not. The problem is not with engineering curriculum, the problem is with the way it is studied.
if you study engineering subjects the right way and avoid the mistakes mentioned above,there is no reason, why engineering cannot give a career that you have set out for. if you are disillusioned, remember that a certain Sundar Pichai and a Satya Nadella ,started from the very same place,where you are at the moment.
so, if you are an engineering student, get up, pull up your socks and make it happen.
we at junkminds.com and Khateeb Engineering Classes @ Mumbai , try to impart all the relevant knowledge to the children at the very budding level.
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Junaid Khateeb has been teaching and training Engineering Students in Mumbai since 2003. He has trained over 5000 students at his insitute Khateeb Engineering CLasses.
He is also the Founder and the director at junkminds.com , a website very popular with engineering students for studying the subjects in a smart and systematic manner.