Today, Engineering is a branch which attracts a lot of students all over the world. With a lot of sub-divisions within the stream, students are given a wide spectrum of choices to choose from. But given the difficulty that comes along with the course, it is not easy to graduate as an engineer. Engineering students often claim that their lives become difficult due to the strenuous physical and mental activity the course demands from them, but is it true? What happens to the life of a student after joining engineering?
Let’s go back in the days when we were little kids playing around in Kindergarten and Primary School, oblivious to the world’s problems and getting away with mistakes. “Ignorance is bliss. ” This idiom suited best for that time period. Most of us say that the time we spent in school has been the best time ever and we often reminisce about it. School Tournaments, learning how to befriend someone, values, punishments, uniforms, school bus rides, Friday as the last working day and many other instances often makes us feel nostalgic and how we wish we could revisit those days back again.
After our class 10th exams, we chose streams among Commerce, Science and Arts and went to different colleges. Life in Junior College was also quite easy despite being grilled by teachers, parents and tuition teachers about the importance of class 12th exams. Most of us learnt about bunking lectures in this time-frame and many of us didn’t sit for lectures because the requirement for attendance in their college wasn’t given much priority. Some of us then chose to do engineering, some were forcefully made to choose engineering and some others just took engineering because they didn’t know what else to do.
We then studied for long hours in the night, trying to wrap our heads around different concepts required for cracking competitive exams like MH-CET and IIT-JEE. To get into a good, popular engineering college was the main concern back then. Later, based on the marks we scored, our priorities changed. For the ones who scored well and topped the exams, they were well sorted with the college they preferred. For those who didn’t, relying on minority status and donations was the only option left to join an engineering college.
So after persevering for quite some time, few of us saw our efforts paying off and we somehow joined an engineering college, thus, starting a new phase in our life and a journey towards becoming an engineer. FIRST DAY IN AN ENGINEERING COLLEGE Well, most of the engineering students vividly remember their first day in an engineering college. The adrenaline rush you get the night before you go to attend your first day in the college is pretty usual. You get up in the morning, anxious and excited, follow your daily routine, try to look your best and get out of your house wondering how things will unfold on your very first day.
TRAVELLING Most of the engineering students in Mumbai commute by trains to reach their respective colleges. For those who haven’t traveled by trains ever, this very experience on the first day is such that it cannot be put up in words. Especially if the college you joined is located at a place which is industry-oriented. On reaching the train station, the first thing you can notice is the chaotic crowd around you. Everyone is moving around helter-skelter and you somehow feel lost in the crowd. If you are traveling for the first time in a train, you would not expect the train to be much crowded.
But as soon as the train arrives at the platform, reality strikes you out cold. The very first thing you notice is that despite the fact that the train is crowded, you will still find people hanging out of the trains holding on to a pole, the door, someway or the other managing to stay inside the train and reach their destination. The trains are so crowded that it would actually require you to shove and push and fight your way to get inside it as well as get out of it. Then you are reminded of the fact that this is going to be a part of your routine till you graduate as an engineer.
However, some students are lucky enough that they live close to their college or that their college is located at a place not frequented by the working class. But then trains in Mumbai are never empty until it’s late at night or early dawn. At all other times you will be met by a sight like the following picture. [pic] Train traveling, however, provides you with an early morning exercise, tests your patience and teaches you a lesson or two in anger management and adaptability. CLASSROOMS Once you reach the college, you are most likely informed about your classroom and so your first day inside the classroom begins.
As soon as you enter the classroom, you involuntarily start scanning the infrastructure of the classroom and after thinking about a few pros and cons you finally decide on a seat which might probably become your fixed place for the following days to come. [pic] When you’ve finally decided on a seat, you hope for a sensible classmate or a friend to come and sit next to you. Students often look around for minor distractions which might help them relieve themselves of boredom and stress during lectures.
So few of us start looking around hoping to see some good looking faces, where few of us are lucky, while majority of us see the following pictures. [pic] And so you realize that your efforts are futile and you have to engage in something else or look somewhere else for distractions. TEACHERS An engineering student like any other student hopes that the teaching staff/faculty will be friendly towards students and will be lenient towards them. However, no matter how the teacher is, engineering students are always told to keep in mind that “The teacher is always right.
” Since, the term work/internal assessment marks are always determined by the teachers, most of the students make it a point to not indulge in arguments with the teachers and try and to be in the best of behavior as much as possible. Though some of the teachers may sound or be aggressive at times, most of them usually are friendly towards students and students are much more comfortable with the teachers here than they were in school. By the end of the day we find that life is not going to be easy but if we work hard it’s not going to be that difficult either.
But is it just about the traveling, adaptability, figuring out the minds of teachers, assignments, projects which alter the life of an engineering student or there is more to it? Outside Scenario India has been a major seat of learning for thousands of years. The country was home to both Takshashila – the first university in the world, and to the inventor of the digit 0 – Aryabha? a. Albert Einstein once said:, “we owe a lot to the Indians who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made”. Today, India is known as a communication hub, and has become popular with
international students from all over the world. It is highly attractive due to its forward thinking, its popularity with large multinational companies, and also due to English being the common language of communication. According to Peter Drucker, “India is become a power house very fast, the medical school in New Delhi is now perhaps the best in the world. The technical graduates of Indian Institute of Technology, Bangalore are as good as any in the world. Also India has 150 million people for whom English is their main language so India is indeed becoming a knowledge center”.
Education System in India The Indian education system is highly similar to that of the anglo saxon countries. The stages are: Nursery –> primary (class 1 to class 5) –>secondary (class 6 to Class 10) –> Senior Secondary (class 11- Class 12) –> Graduation (Arts & Commerce – 3 years, professional – 4 years, Medical – 5 years,) –> post-graduation (1/2 to 3 years) The Indian education system is currently mainly comprised of primary education, secondary education, senior secondary education and higher education. Elementary education consists of eight years of education.
Secondary education lasts four years and senior secondary education is an additional two years of education. Indian Higher Education Higher education in India starts after passing the higher secondary education or the 12th standard. Depending on what you study, attaining your degree in India can take three to five years. Postgraduate courses are generally two to three years long. After completing a postgraduate degree, there is the option of continuing on with doctoral studies and research at various educational institutes.
Due to the limited number of universities in relation to the large number of applicants, universities work with affiliated colleges. These provide education and issue degrees under the name of the affiliated university. There are more than 17,000 colleges, 20 central universities, 217 State universities, 106 Deemed Universities and 13 Institutes of National importance in the Indian higher education system. This number is consistently growing as a further 30 central universities, 8 new IITs, 7 IIMs and 5 new Indian Institutes of Science are proposed.
The private sector within Indian higher education is also strong and steadily growing. These institutes offer education at everything from certificate and diploma level to undergraduate and postgraduate education. These private institutions originally started a trend for distance education, which is now very popular throughout India. Today many prestigious Indian Universities offer distance programs and some such as Indira Gandhi National Open University offer only distance programs, and is one of the largest in student enrollment.
Scenario Before Engineering Career Options after 10th ? Most of the students completing their 10th standard are confused about deciding a right career path. Selecting the right course after class X is not an easy task. For a successful career, careful planning and following it up with a workable plan is needed. Career exploration, knowledge about ones own self, decision making ability, future goals are some among the essential elements needed for a successful career planning.
For deciding a potential career, one can also attend educational fairs, career guidance seminars that allows you to get in touch with several institutes and courses. They should have a persistent focus towards his or her goal and can seek the help of their teachers, parents and elders. ? To obtain a strong foundation for further studies like graduation and post-graduation, a good option after 10th is studying +2 or PUC. The selection of the streams in +2 depends upon the student’s aptitude, grade and marks.
But the most important factor is one’s keen interest in the subject and the purpose for selecting the course. The streams available in the PUC level are: 1) Science Stream with Mathematics / Biology / Computer / Bio-Math 2) Commerce Stream 3) Arts or Humanities Stream ? If you are selecting science stream, you have an option to come back to commerce or arts field after PUC. There are lot of options available for students of science stream. They can either take up conventional courses such as engineering, medical, management etc. or go for many other upcoming options in the present scenario.
If you are selecting commerce stream in PUC, you can have the option of taking courses in arts field at a later stage but cannot go for science field. Some other career options after 10th are – ? Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and Industrial Training (ITCs) : Constituted under Ministry of Labour, Union Government of India, Government-run ITIs and privately-run ITCs are training organisations which provide training in technical field. ITI courses are designed to impart basic skills needed for a specified trade like electrician, machinist, fitter, plumber, turner, welder etc.
and depending upon trade, the duration of course may vary from one year to three years. After passing the course a person may opt to undergo practical training in his trade in an industry. A National Trade Certificate (NTC) in provided by NCVT (National Council for Vocational training) in the concerned trade and to obtained this certificate one has to qualify the All India Trade Test (AITT). These people can find job openings in government sectors like Indian Railways, telecom departments etc. after qualifying a written examination.