Surprised by the title, right? Don’t be. It’s true for me and probably others as well. Still 6-7 months to go and I’ll get that prestigious, honorary piece of paper that’ll say the words ‘Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication‘ which will make my parents and the ‘society‘ proud. But, will I be proud of my degree? Hell, no!! Forget the future, even now I am ashamed to declare that I am pursuing engineering as a career. Through this blog, I shall not be a complaint box but suggest some ideas and ways to improve our curriculum.
After being on a high note in the SSC and HSC years, we often dream of becoming an engineering graduate and starting a company or getting jobs in a multinational company. But sadly, all those dreams are crushed in the first year itself. I will talk in terms of Mumbai University as I assume the rest of the universities also follow the same trend. In the first year, we have subjects such as Applied Physics and Applied Chemistry which is of no use whatsoever for a student outside of that domain. Instead, why not include real industry programming languages and techniques from the freshman year itself which can develop smoothly till the final year. Let me give you my example. I am interested in Audio Signal Processing and am a part of various international audio processing communities on the social media. When I hear the level of projects that my counterpart students are doing, I am astonished. The interested students in the Digital Signal Processing domain work on the Python software from the first year itself. Now, Python programming language has given birth to many websites such as YouTube, Reddit, Instagram and many more. Essentially, Python is vastly used for research and development purposes. Since our syllabus doesn’t include Python and many other important programming languages, I and also many others have to learn those via other mediums. Imagine if the first year students get to learn the basics of such valuable languages if and only if they are interested and then, they implement it in their final year projects and create something new rather than copying old projects and circuits from a website, how incredible would it be!! Also, the way our subjects are designed is just pure garbage. For example, the subject Wave Theory and Propagation was introduced in the 4th semester which was really fun and interesting. Instead of continuing that subject in the next semester, ‘they‘ directly dissolved that domain and introduced Microwave and Radar Engineering subject in the 7th semester. See the progression. No doubt the interest in that particular area gradually fades away.
I understand that India has much more IT companies who are willing to accept freshers rather than core companies who want a fresher with 10 years of experience. So, there are either 3 options: take up that IT job, pursue your post graduation or else, startup!! The students who are hired by those companies are given vigorous training for a period of about 4-5 months. The truth is that the knowledge gained during those training days is much better than the 4 years. Why not include such subjects from the initial years itself so that a raw student can be confident enough to crack an interview and get placed in a better company!! I come from a college where attempts are truly made for such purposes and I salute my college. But if the university itself takes such significant steps, it would be much beneficial.
We learn subjects A, B, C, D and E in one single day and study those subjects 2-3 days before final semesters. Ironically, we have just 2 hours of practicals for one subject in a week. Really!! Disgusting right? My suggestion is that we should have just 1 subject in a day. That one day should include both the theoretical as well as practical knowledge. By doing so, we can gain much more understanding from that particular subject and relate much more with real life applications. Also, I believe that exams should be a mandatory part of one’s life. But, what’s the point if we are judged by just one long exam at the end of semesters. Instead, the credits must be added from day one till the very last day. I mean c’mon, anyone can score a high grade by studying from question sets and blueprints!! Sadly, the knowledge of that subject vanishes immediately after one semester.
Recently, AICTE announced that engineering students will have to study the Indian constitution and culture in their first year as it would provide a holistic environment. (http://www.hindustantimes.com/education/engineering-students-to-study-constitution-indian-culture-as-part-of-the-new-curriculum/story-uGHLcTVz0Z5KvHVnMUgU8O.html) Bullshit! I myself come from a spiritual background and if any student needs any cultural education , it can be gained via other sources rather than engineering. I would suggest these people to improve the quality of technical education first and then dream of producing those highly cultured but less technical idiots!!
A highly educated mind gave an idea that in the final year, instead of theoretical subjects, students should do internships and work on their projects for a much practical exposure. Watch the video:
This idea was given in the year 2007. And where are we in 2017, still stuck in the same traffic!! What to do now, India listens to its politicians more than its scientists!!
You all must be thinking that who am I to give suggestions but somebody must take some steps for the development of our education. It’s only WE who can bring about a change in this false education system and no one else. Yes, I have enjoyed the 4 years with friends, the late night assignment completion, the viva days etc. To be honest, I don’t feel qualified enough to be an ENGINEER!!
Do share your comments and ideas and please, share this topic. Even if you don’t agree with me, share your thoughts as disagreements also help to build a nation.