Almost a decade ago, Information Technology or IT was the ‘in’ thing. Having a job as a software Engineer was as prestigious as today’s Investment Banker, off course the main reason being that both are highly lucrative and hence most coveted. For IT, people from commerce background, started learning programming and joined various IT companies. I know of people in my workplace who are from different backgrounds, BSc, BCom and B.E. off course. But after the meltdown, the scene changed drastically. And now, since i guess 2001, a new trend has started for Engineers, MBA. Its literally a rat race.
IIMs, CAT, XAT etc have become buzzwords amongst the Engineering community in India. Everyone wants to be a Manager! Without even knowing what exactly they want to do after MBA, many people are just jumping in the bandwagon, without realizing that its taking a toll on the technical education of the Country.
Students in the most prestigious institutes like IITs, have one goal in mind, IIM. In their 3rd and 4th year of engineering, they start early preparation for CAT, leaving aside the engineering studies.How will the technical health of the country improve under such conditions?
And then we start blaming our colleges for not giving adequate lab facilities! Why would they give, when they know that majority of the students donot plan to take up higher studies in their respective technical domain. Those who do have the passion, to study ahead and to contribute to the Technology go abroad, because they donot get enough support for pursuing their dreams.
If there is anything, that has improved our life, abolished evil customs and superstitions, developed the modern human, its Technology! But for Indians, its always been about money. Thats the biggest difference between Westerners and Us. People in the west like USA,Germany etc have passion to contribute to Technology whereas we lack such passion, such zeal. Compare the state of DRDO ISRO, to American Pentagon and NASA,respectively, and the differences are stark. And its all our fault (Engineers).
To add insult to injury, the IIMs and all Indian MBA schools, have no compulsory Work Experience bracket. If we take into account the countries which are economically better than India, then India is the only country where MBA courses are offered to freshers. What a blasphemy! and why do the do it? Money! 10 lacs, 20 lacs are the fees of most MBA institutes!
Even if these MBA schools, just raise their work-experience requirement to a minimum of 3 years, it’ll do wonders to the Technological health of the country.People would take up Masters in some Technical field, rather than do an MBA. Students shall focus more on their technical studies rather than their CAT or any entrance test in their 3rd -4th year.
Another big issue is that working people, who do not get as much time for preparation as the students get for these entrance exams, do not end up getting a good institute. Its such an unfair competition.
Off course, one can argue that is all a matter of choice, but where can you ever see someone making a choice in a herd! Taking an informed choice is the way to go.