Karnataka

Don’t pressure children in choosing professional courses, parents told

Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation Commissioner Major Siddalingaya Hiremath releasing a handbook at the inaugural of The Hindu EDGE session in Hubballi on Sunday.

Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation Commissioner Major Siddalingaya Hiremath releasing a handbook at the inaugural of The Hindu EDGE session in Hubballi on Sunday.  

As every other sector is witnessing growth worldwide, there are innumerable career opportunities at offer. Each student has to choose a career suiting his attitude as well as aptitude. Neither the parents should impose career options on their children nor the students on themselves, Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation Commissioner Major Siddalingaya Hiremath has said.

Inaugurating The Hindu EDGE CET Counselling 2017 at the Biotechnology auditorium of the BVB College of Engineering here on Sunday, Mr. Hiremath, while recalling his career journey, said that though engineering and medical streams continued to be lucrative courses, there was no use if one having no real interest in these fields pursues studies in them. Such students may get degrees but may not succeed in their career. “Whenever we choose a stream of study, we must emerge top in that particular stream. Otherwise, it is very difficult to build a good career. Therefore, choosing the right course is important. Students have to choose a course after carefully analysing them from all aspects, with the help of their parents and teachers. The choice made at this juncture will have an impact on one’s entire life,” he said.

Calling upon parents not to pressure their children in the matter of choosing professional courses, Mr. Hiremath said that today’s children are more informed than that those of the earlier generation and they knew about making the right choices with regard to their career. Unlike in the earlier days, lucrative job opportunities are not restricted to selected streams. Today, there are multiple career opportunities on offer and children should be given a free hand to tap those opportunities. He cited his own example of how he failed to make into the engineering stream as per the wishes of his parents and how he ended up as a civil administration officer after a stint in the armed forces.

Mr. Hiremath urged students to have greater ambition and goal in life. Think beyond degrees and jobs. Think of contributing to society and the country. Students also need to idealise great personalities who made history by their unique contribution. This helps keep one strongly motivated and reach greater heights, he added.

Mr. Hiremath released a handbook on career choices. Copies of the handbook were distributed to the participating students free.

Mahesh Desai, head of the Department of Psychiatry at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), spoke on the medical stream and facing NEET. Sanjay Kotabagi, Dean, Student Welfare, KLE Technological University, spoke on career opportunities in the engineering stream. A retired officer from Karnataka Examination Authority G. I. Tigadi provided information and tips on the procedures related to the CET. Career counsellor and trainer Shoaib Valai addressed the participants on career opportunities in general subjects.

Sponsors

The platinum sponsor of the event was REVA University, Bengaluru; the gold sponsors Presidency University, Bengaluru; AMC/CITY Institutions, Bengaluru; Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bengaluru; and Cambridge Institute of Technology, Bengaluru.

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