Doctors…are you comfortable consulting them now a days????
I don’t know if there is a similar kind of oath (as above) for all our new engineers. If not, all the better. At least, it won’t weigh heavily on their consciences (if at all). Just the other day, Chetan Bhagat’s latest, “Revoluion 2020” found me (yep, it wasn’t the other way around. ). I envy his fan following if not his writing. Anyways, I think 30’s is a little too old for his kind of literature. Nevertheless, there are sparks and sometimes extended flashes of the IIM genius in some pages of his books. Some times, he can be downright funny or rudely to the point. (I particularly enjoy criticizing the successful authors ). For my non Indian friends, Chetan Bhagat is India’s Justin Beiber (gosh!! that’s gross …but couldn’t come up with a comparison in the field of literature)
Ok…so this latest book of his mentions something about the coaching centres in Banaras(Varanasi) for preparing the students to crack the Entrance Tests for admission into the coveted IIT’s (Indian Institutes of Technology). This set my hyper active thought process into an overdrive (deadly combo). It so happens that these snobbish coaching centres have their own entrance examinations for deciding whom to coach… he he he …what a joke. No seriously, our education system is turning into a real fat joke.
I am not so much bothered about our engineers, as I am about our doctors. Whatever anyone else says, I believe that this is (or was) one noble profession. Today, a Doctor is more a businessman than a professional. Parents, who invest huge amounts of their energy and money in first preparing their wards to get into one of those high end institutions and then pushing them hard enough to be churned out of them successfully, with an MBBS or an Engg degree, are more than anything else, Investors. They look at the ROI (return on investment). I don’t deny that a small fraction of their efforts is due to their wish to see their children doing well. So how does one blame a young man, who has been driven by the nose from early childhood through insane pressures to perform and become a doctor or an engineer or an MBA (not the ordinary ones, mind ye! only IIMs will do!), if he wants to break even (in terms of his effort and his parents’ money) in the least possible time?