Parul Sharma

Play on pre-exam pressure by products of elite institutions

NEW DELHI: Cracking an entrance examination for the Indian Institute of Technology has always been an uphill task. The kind of pressure -- both from parents and teachers -- the students have to put up with, the amount of hard work needed and the huge burden of expectations they have to live up to are some of the things that everyone who has appeared for an IIT entrance paper would know.

A bunch of young people who have studied at some of the top institutions of the country have captured this pre-entrance experience of students through a new play, "Padai, Masti aur Woh".

The play has been conceptualised by the alumni of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi.

Depicting a gamut of emotions that students preparing for IIT entrance undergo, the play was written and directed by Gagan Hora and presented by Quest Tutorials, a coaching institute for IIT entrances.

Though other than Gagan no one else in the group had a background in theatre, they all gave their inputs for the script of the play based on their own experience of writing a test at some point in time or other.

"IIT entrance is just one aspect of the play. We basically want to show what all students go through before taking any major career decision of their life. How they can't take a decision on their own because they have been influenced by parents or teachers and even their peer group," says Konchok Norgais, an alumnus of Maulana Azad Medical College, who acted in the play.

"Through our play we want to portray that students' talents should be nurtured and they should not be forced to do anything. They should be given a choice to select their career and no one else should impose anything on them. Parents and teachers should just guide them in taking their decisions," adds Dr. Norgais.

The group's maiden performance in Delhi was at Ramjas School, Pusa Road, on Thursday and the play was then staged at DLDAV, Model School, ND Block Pitampura, on Saturday.