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Where are we heading for ???

January 16, 2009

Whenever someone comes across a B.Tech student of final year , the first question that comes up is that ARE YOU PLACED ??? That’s the trend of the day . Even the students , may be of any year or even an aspirant , the only goal that one has in his mind is to get placed in some random multinational, and not being able to achieve the same sends him into a state of mental depression.




 A few days back only , when I encountered one of my junior’s parents during the counselling , the first question they asked was ,”What is the placement of this college like ?”  I  am not suggesting that one should not look for jobs and just sit blankly at home. The question that frequently comes in my mind “Is that is getting placed the sole aim why one wants to become engineer ? ”

There exists another land beyond the horizon which either we don’t want to see , or that our mind is blocked by everyone’s expectations .When we study in schools our teachers and parents  constantly remind us that ” Study hard if you want to see yourself employed or else you will become a rickshaw wala” . These  continuous reminders impress upon our mind  that getting employed (and not to become an able person in our field) is our ultimate aim and success is redefined as per our comfort .

Then we come to the college , and if we don’t get what we really desired ( that being IIT in every engineer’s case) , suddenly a mindset is developed that we are in a second grade university and from here we can go only upto a certain level , not at the top . 

With the number of  engineering institutes touching the heights , there is no denying the fact that standards will be compromised with . Obviously no one wants to be unemployed , but should everyone be satisfied with the same 9 to 9 job in some multinational , same 3 – 4 lac package , working under someone else and then getting retired after some time ? This is what most of the to-be engineers are going through and the way the number of technical institutes are coming up , the situation is going to worsen further .

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2009 1:32 am

    And government is looking for doing some new experiment with education

  2. January 16, 2009 5:08 am

    Interesting post..and coincidentally my previous article is a dimension to this one –

    Its about IITians who did something differently

  3. January 16, 2009 11:01 am

    Its a question that never stops haunting u. Its first are you placed and then its all about are you promoted. Are you settled? These questions are for us to ask ourselves and for us to answer to ourselves. As long as you’re learning something new each day, I’d say you are at an awesome place!

    Jobs come and go, its our soul that has to last through this recession!

  4. January 16, 2009 1:21 pm

    That basically gives a summary of what people want to you to do..some how the society gets binds people..very few dare to venture…as they say when running for our lives,we need to run faster than the before before us,not necessarily the fastest…

  5. January 16, 2009 4:04 pm

    But now the situation is changing.. placement jobs are even at stake

  6. January 16, 2009 11:19 pm

    Are we good enough to do something better in technology? That’s the question we must ask. After completing four years of engineering, I see that I am not half an engineer, if you call an engineer a person who can design technological marvels or simple utilities for scratch. Majority of us are not, or cannot be. Barring the few in the IITs or NITs, no one else actually is innovating in pure engineering. We are good with logic by the end of four years, and that’s why we make good software programmers/developers. To have great engineers, we need great institutions that nurture an environment for research and experimentation. Most importantly, a will to persevere against the hurdles that the system imposes. We need better quality education, available to the majority. Until that doesn’t happen, most people would settle for a more achievable and secure path of doing a 9-9 job.

  7. January 19, 2009 11:02 pm

    People are getting lazier with days ..and there are less people from the teaching fraternity to inspire people to take up core engineering jobs outside the likes of IIT, BITS et. all and if there is a guy who is looking forward for a core job people look down on him as some alien like a commerce student in between a batch of science students :P`

  8. January 29, 2009 10:06 pm

    Nice post. These recessions are opportunities for us to get into more challenging jobs or ventures than being just another software engineer. It was quite uncomfortable to see all kinds of engineers placed only in software industries. And education is serious business now and hence even that segment, which is in the limelight now, has to undergo its share of up’s and down’s of a commercial enterprise. So it is better for the institutes to start offering quality education before the market starts to auto correct itself. But for that both the enterprises and the customers ought to know what is ‘quality’.

    Destination Infinity

  9. September 17, 2011 10:38 pm

    No one is looking at the other side of the grass. Placements are not the only criteria, there are myriad of other things which should be taken into account like interest and passion.
    I’m a B.Tech passout and in ‘Placements’ I was recruited into three IT companies. I felt good that time, since as per Indian standards and parents expectations, that is a major achievement. Two years fastforward and I even dont know why i choose to be here. 9 to 9 job, spilling of work beyond weekdays have left me wondering what life is. Irony is that our cab driver works almost same amount of time and earns more than me. Some times I keep saying to myself ‘at least he does something different!’

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