I have a question for you. I know that most of you reading this are engineers. My question is how many of you wanted to become an engineer? Today in Tamil Nadu most parents think that their kid will quickly become financially stable, settle down quickly to get married and roam around the world only if he/she studies BE. Every house has an engineer today, we can say this is a growth but how can it be a growth if the "He/She" never wanted to become an engineer? Isn't growth related to a situation where people are free to choose what they want? When someone is in a situation, compelled in most cases, to take up a stream of education that one never wants to, is that growth of the nation? Alos, how many will become successful in the engineering field if they were not interested in it? The other question that's pricking me is how many of them will become stalwarts in various other fields of their own interest if they take that up as studies too? At this point of time, it is really important for parents and some students to realize that their future will be bright if they take up what they are talented and interested in and a mere two letter degree can't spell magic on their lives.
There are a lot of people who have taken different fields among us. I recently interviewed some people I know. Those interviews can be read here->Road Not Taken. More to come.
A book recently caught my eyes when I was browsing through my news feed in Facebook. A book titled 'Wasted In engineering'. This is a story that deals with the much needed subject- how students waste their lives mugging up pages of Engineering books.
Below is the blurb of this book:
‘Engineering padicha nalla future – If you study engineering, you will have a good future.’ This is a claim often repeated to children and teenagers by parents and teachers in many parts of India. But only those who have gone through an engineering college life know that it’s not completely true.
There is a difference between calling yourself as an engineering graduate and an engineer. India produces millions of engineering graduates like you and me but only very few of us are actual engineers. Many of us just graduate with an engineering degree, with an artistic dream in mind.
What do you think is the difference between engineers in many countries around the world and engineers from India? In other countries, if David Pascal studied electrical engineering in college, few years later you can find him working as an electrical engineer. In India, if Ram Krishnamurthy studied electrical engineering, few years later you can find him working in a completely irrelevant field like software coding, banking, photography and even movie directing.
This book is not about the few engineering students in your class who love engineering. I don’t hate them. In fact, I am very jealous that they study what they love. This book is about the majority of engineering graduates whose lives are wasted in engineering and is intended to tell you why you should make an attempt in pursuing your real passion, instead of being suffocated under the weight of an engineering degree.
This is a story of India’s Youth. Welcome to India, the land of Wasted Engineers.