Hi guys, it is counselling time and everyone from computer groups and many from biology groups would be very busy selecting colleges and groups, predicting the counselling results and having nightmares. If not, you are creating nightmares for the parents, who would be busy negotiating the fee for the management seats.

Oops! I am not into any political and social reforms. Anyway, if parents are ready to pay, why preach against it?

The sole idea of this article is to underline the reason for this craze for engineering. There are about one-and-a-half lakh seats in Tamil Nadu alone. But hardly thirty thousand get a job that is related to their field of studies. The rest remain either jobless or are placed in an IT firm. Then why should we opt for engineering?

Parents who read newspapers, especially the classifieds, insist upon their children taking engineering. Obviously, once they notice “Expecting professional qualification alone” in most of the matrimonial ads, they decide to go for the better option; If not a better job, at least a better partner.

Peer pressure

This time, it comes from our very own friends and relatives. If you have chosen any other course, the first question you would be asked is “Are you mad?” Indeed, we have to change our decision instantaneously.

Yes, it is a matter of identity. If someone asks “What is your boy doing?”, the parents can proudly say he is an engineer, no matter how many arrears he has. But if he or she studies Fashion Technology or Vis-Com, we can't reveal this without explaining the course and scope of the course for half an hour. Still, the eyebrows of the listeners remain raised.

We think “Why take chances”, though there is no risk involved in it. When we have engineering, why take other courses?

Time for change

We spend a whopping sum at the beginning of the course and almost a lakh of rupees for four years, only to bag a job worth two or three lakhs per annum. Well, that is alright.

But it is possible to get more or less the same salary with three years of education and with much less expenditure, if you pursue a degree in arts or science in a good college.

However, we still prefer engineering, even if we don't have any ambition of becoming a Kalam or a Chawla. We study engineering and get IT jobs. Cheer up guys.

JAYARAMAN

III year B.E (E&I), MIT