Give freedom to children to choose their career: Experts

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2015 18:44 IST

Every year majority of young minds are confused while choosing streams and careers. If a wrong choice is made, where interest and aptitude of a child does not fit, it leads to change in the field after few months and sometimes even few years, wasting time and effort of the child.

For this, not only educational system but parents and society is also responsible, opine physiological experts, who warn that the situation could also lead many students towards depression and anxiety.

“Right from the childhood, interest and talent of a child should be given high importance and it must be kept in mind that every child is different. If we force him to choose a stream against his interest, he may never be able to excel in life,” said Jatinder Kaur Gulati, head of human development department at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

“The worst part is that most parents want their children to become doctor and engineer and never ask them about their choice. On top of that, they want them to score more than 90%. That is why depression and suicide rates are highest in India as per a UN report,” added Gulati.

Sometimes, parents who failed to fulfill their dreams, try to get them fulfilled through their children, underlined BP Mishra, clinical psychiatrist from Dayanand and Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

“I feel there are some schools that also play a negative role in a child's career. For instance, if a student is interested in studying arts and the school is not offering the course, the authorities will try their best to inspire him to choose the available streams. Again, interest of the child gets ignored,” he added.

Nirmal Rishi, a noted theatre artist, said, “In our society, there is a trend of following others, including neighbours and relatives. To convince a child to take up medical or non-medical stream, parents often give examples of neighbour's son. However, this trend has decreased in last few years but at there are still some people following the old path,” expressed Rishi.

Though cinema and theatre have tried to touch this sensitive topic, it seems very few parents and educational institutes have taken inspiration from them.

Entrepreneur and father of actress Parineeti Chopra Pawan Chopra, who was in the city on Sunday, shared, “Rather than ignoring the talent of our children, let us give them platforms where they can hone their talent. Had my wife and I been against Parineeti's choices, she would have never been able to become what she is today. Everyone must understand this.”

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