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State of the Youth

By on May 21, 2008 in On A Whim | 13 comments

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The following post was guest blogged by Rockie.

Every youth in this country aspires to become either a doctor or an engineer one day. While growing up all these aspirations shatter to pieces. As you grow up you realize that science is not the wonderful thing it always seemed. If you can’t fucking remember the atomic number of Platinum then you don’t have a fucking right to be in science. Yes, science is all about cramming up. Rarely do Indian institutions give a chance to the students to utilize their brains. You bloody mug up and you get through to IIT. What about those who see science not as a mere subject but as a never ending source of joy. What about those who don’t want to study science just for the purpose of earning money? India’s education system is fucked up. If you don’t get 90%+ marks then you are not fit to get a good job. What about those fucking people who can’t cram and yet have a genuine liking towards science. Do they just accept defeat and rot? I bloody am fed-up of this whole system. What I share with you is my own case. I have a genuine interest in maths, physics and computer. But even if I grow two more balls I can’t cope up with chem. So what the fuck should I do? Should I give up my dream of studying the sciences? I can’t even think of getting into IIT because of my chemistry marks. Is this fair? I bloody try all my best cramming up Chemistry but in the end I just can do it. I fail and then my parents shout at me. What am I supposed to do if my memory isn’t so good? Should I just give up on life? Because in the end if I have to study anything except Science I may just as well end my life. Do the people who teach at India’s Premier Institutions ever look at their surroundings and wonder about all the science in them. The protons, neutrons, electron and other particles. I fucking do and I wonder how it all works. I yearn to question the basic facts of life and nature. Doesn’t this fucking question count? Don’t I at least deserve to get my answers? Does anybody fucking care about a fucking nobody? So I bid Fucking Adieu to the bullshit happening in India. Does anybody dare to raise a voice?



13 Comments

  1. Maneel

    May 22, 2008

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    I’ve blogged about this a couple of times and all I’ve got is hate mail from IIT alumni.

    But something is wrong as far as the IITs go. The first being the huge difference in academic level of the CBSE Boards (hah! another academic blunder) and the JEE.

    And you top it of with reservations and the perfect suicide recipe for normal guys without a low caste or exceptional cramming abilities is ready. But I think we should ignore this recipe. Amity is doing good work… they take an English test interview. That might work for you if you’re not too worried about placements, they’ve excellent infrastructure and faculty. The placements are something like 3-5 lakhs P.A. on an average. Then there’s Symbiosis Pune with BBA (IT)

    Good Luck with whatever you choose!

  2. Rahul

    May 22, 2008

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    The placements are something like 3-5 lakhs P.A. on an average

    ROFL, best joke ever, Amity’s avg placements 3-5 lakhs, i doubt if more than 2-3 jobs are of that value from 1000s of students.

  3. Ankur

    May 22, 2008

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    @Rahul: True, not all people who study at Amity are stellar academics. However, the current system isn’t exactly a model system either.

    @Maneel: I’m not saying that a difference in academic level of JEE and CBSE shouldn’t be there, but at the same time they need to have far more seats too.

  4. Aviatrix

    May 22, 2008

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    How bout NTU? Ive heard they dont have chem!! and am pretty sure they’re approach to science is very different! They don care so much about jobs am sure.

  5. Aviatrix

    May 22, 2008

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    I mean, only till we find a way to fight back the system. Am in if anyone has any plans!

  6. Ankur

    May 22, 2008

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    @Aviatrix: Yeah, that’s what I told him. In NTU, you only have to give chem if you choose for chemical engineering (which I didn’t, because I suck at it). NTU again has its own issues though – namely, your class 10th English marks; plus the fact that there’s only a fixed number of Indian students they take in every year.

  7. Dilip Damle

    May 23, 2008

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    If you are good at Physics, Maths, Computers then you can do better in life than all those crammers who get in to IIT. Many of the IITians after passing out do not pursue engineering. They go in for more lucrative(?) things like Management. If you have love for Science then pursue science. Make the right moves and keep enjoying what you do. There are many institutes in pure and applied sciences which are not getting worthy students because of the madness called as Engineering and Medical. All the best. There are many people in this country and world who are happy and successful without having passed from IIT. Provided you have your success defined properly.

  8. Rockie

    May 23, 2008

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    thanx guys for the advice. it meant a lot to me. im trying to pursue pure physics or something in the quantum sector now.

  9. Honestly speaking, IIT isn’t ask much of a cram job as you are rhetorically pointing out here. You do need a great deal of brains to clear that exam. Cramming is a way to get in, I agree, but then look at the way some on your peers might be preparing… Focus on understanding, and the paper doesn’t look too hard. If you are really into theoretical sciences, you should be a thinker, someone who is constantly working to better understand, and not learn how to solve problems which is what most students do. Both approaches can get your so called success at IIT, but I say that finally its those of the former knd I mentioned (Not the crammer sort) who finally get successful in sciences and really get satisfied with their career.
    And I guess I have heard enough of this charade by kids who use the non-conceptual nature of chemistry as a wonderful shield or force-field to justify why IIT wasn’t good. There is a way to learn every subject. Chemistry is an amazingly conceptual subject, but in the later stages, as large parts of it are yet un-understood. You learn problem solving, conventions of representation, and then propose mechanisms to reactions at this level, but later, it too has its own importance to stuff.
    And of course, the education system really needs to grow up to be crammer-proof… This is a big problem, and it is getting people with zero aptitude for research or scientific liking into IITs, the only places where some quality work takes place in India. If you want to get into theoretical sciences after your Engg, anything but the IITs, IISc, and a few more would be a little more than a compromise…

  10. Ankur

    May 24, 2008

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    @Prashanth: I think Rockie is correct here. Dude, you’ve done only class 11th chemistry. Which is mostly physical, and solved by logic. Just wait and see when you get to inorganic and organic. Just WAIT and WATCH. Rockie isn’t dumb, neither am I. But chemistry is total cramming.

  11. Ankur

    May 24, 2008

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    @Prashanth: And the reality of the number of people sitting for the exam and the number who get through is a fucking joke when compared to any FIITJEE / CL exam. By making the question paper easier, they are simply making coaching institutes more important. Stuff which can be reasoned out by thinking – everyone who studies even a bit seriously gets that. But the paper doesn’t consist of only that. In a situation like this, getting the ‘cramming stuff’ questions right becomes make-or-break.

  12. rockie

    May 26, 2008

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    @prashant: There are so many books which tell you that organic chemistry is logical but is cramming reactions logical?

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