I came across Mythun's blog post about his last half year today while browsing. It spoke of his trials over the last half year where he was unable to get admissions into an MS programme, which finally culminated into him receiving an admission into a programme of his choice. Firstly, heartiest congratulations to him!!! Its a brilliant achievemnt, specially because he got what he wanted.
In his blog he mentioned a few things that after reading, pricked me somewhere, because I had/have myself faced such segmentations at various times. One, was him not getting admission into a school because he didnt have a "First Class with Distinction" in his first year, coz he flunked Mech. I believe, to be an IT engineer, you do not need to learn Mech. And I have seen a lot of students whose lives are screwed because of this idiotic paper. Also, this "First Class with Distinction" is an eyewash.
I say, keep a 100 marks practical exam in the core subjects and lets see how many of these "toppers" manage to pass 40. But as said in The Fountainhead, the easiest way to bring down a society is to enshrine mediocrity. And that is something the Maharashtra education has excelled at doing. A stupid board exam system in 10th and 12th, which only tests the rote learning, poor teaching in schools and junior college levels. Atrocious teaching standards in Engineering colleges. A very uneven playing field for students based on admissions through donations in Junior college and Engineering college.
A student is judged based on what college he studied at. But whats the criteria for entrance into these colleges? Rote learning. A student is judged by what marks he has scored. What is the criteria? Again rote learning. So, what is the guarantee that the student whose profile you are impressed with is actually impressive? I dont know.
All I know is that, if you are someone in such a good position, make the most of it. Milk your profile for all its worth. And if you are not, then you work harder and work sincerely and hope for the best. And most importantly, never stop believing in your own ability. No on needs certifications from other people about how good each one of us is. Deep down, we know.
The second thing that touched me was when he mentioned about the aspirations of his parents. His mom being vocal about her fears and his dad voicing his concerns in private to his mom. Being a fellow Tam-Bhram, could relate to this completely :) Its so true :)
P.S: I wanted to write so much more. So much more indeed. I wanted to relate my experiences being at the wrong end of the "profile" picture and the way I have still been fortunate to get good breaks. I wanted to relate, why I did not follow the system. But somewhere, deep down, something has changed. At some level, probably, this is nitpicking, commenting on the education system. But I have decided that I wont feel sorry for myself for my poor luck at various times and neither will I attach too much importance to anyones profile competing with me. I dont want to sit here and offer justifications or reasons. I just want to continue from where I am today (whichever way I got here) and look only 1 way: FORWARD. There is no looking back for me anymore. I have mentally disciplined myself for that.
I read Mythun's post and for a long time, it left me unbalanced. I was not able to put a finger on what I was feeling. I did not have words to express my emotions or my state of mind or the way I related with what he wrote. Then I found the right words on Vijaya's blog about Hazaron Khwaishain Aisi.
It sums up the essence, doesnt it? We live a life of dreams and hopes and aspirations. Ultimately, we all have our own journeys to reach our own goals. So why compare, why bother about where we lack (ofcourse, lets improve on our weaknesses), lets just go ahead and achieve our dreams.
Kya farak padta hai agar khwaishain hazaron Hain aur zindagi bas ek? Har armaan par ek zindagi bitadein aur har khwaish ko poora kar denge. Bas... thats it.