Don?t lade them with your choice!
FAMILY PRESSURE, social pressure, peer pressure and school pressure. That?s what X and XII students face when it comes to choosing their career. Result: Many of them follow the herd at the cost of their natural talents and become miserable in the end. However, a lucky few still get a chance to prove themselves. But, their number is too small to count.Updated: May 25, 2006 00:18 IST
Papa kahete hain bada kaam karega,
Beta hamara engg. banke naam karega,
Magar ye to koi na jaane,
Ki aur bhi career hain yahaan.
FAMILY PRESSURE, social pressure, peer pressure and school pressure. That’s what X and XII students face when it comes to choosing their career.
Result: Many of them follow the herd at the cost of their natural talents and become miserable in the end. However, a lucky few still get a chance to prove themselves. But, their number is too small to count.
“Engineer-turned-rap singer Baba Sehgal and D.J. Narain, PhD from IIT Kanpur and officer of the Indian Civil Services are a few examples to quote,” says teacher Sachin Bharti and asks, “Can you imagine the number of those who don’t get a chance to prove themselves?” “Right! Pressures may waste a first-class future journalist as a third rate engineer,” says an IITian Ananda Roy, whose heart goes to the keyboard and mind to the fat engineering books. Out of thousands of engineers churned out from mediocre colleges, only a few get the job and salary thatthey initially desire.
“The primary fact is that the students are not aware of further possibilities in the art stream. There is a general misconception that only mediocre students opt for arts stream. Engineering seems to offer the most lucrative job, both in terms of fame and money. Most people judge a person’s ability by the salary he gets. And that becomes the compulsion for students,” says Nitish Sinha, a PCM student topper of his school.
An engineering student, Jharna Shukla says, “Earlier, there used to be very few girls in engineering. But, the love for fame and lucre is attracting them to this profession even against their natural inclination.”
The trend in major schools has also contributed to creating such a mindset. PCM students are considered best brains. People with lesser marks in science in class X are not allowed to take up PCM. They are pushed into the humanities stream, says a student. The students bright in English or History are not given the credit they deserve. “This is one of the reasons why students often land up in the PCM stream and later in engineering, where they have no particular interest and perform poorly,” says Anshika Gupta, student of CMS. “In fact, a lack of interest is the reason why some IIT students even end life,” she adds.
An arts student Kiri Atri says, “Well, there is pressure. No doubt. But, it’s better to deal with it and go for your heart’s choice.” Kiri scored 95 per cent marks in class XII. He had also scored 85 per cent marks in class X and taken arts, even though PCM was piece of cake.
Pursuing engineering has also become a prestige issue rather than just a career option. Parents feel proud when they tell others that their children are studying engineering. “Well, that is pressure, which their wards cannot handle later,” says Poonam Maewall, a housewife.
Chemistry teacher P D Sharma says, “After class X results, parents want their wards to get into the PCM stream. They even force the school to this effect, whether their wards have enough marks to choose PCM or not.”
“So, don’t pressure children against their will. Rather support them along the lines of their choice. Mind you, a good singer is better than a bad engineer,” says Anubhav, an IITian.
First Published: May 25, 2006 00:18 IST