India is one country where parents’ capabilities are judged by their child’s calibre. That is one of the reasons why expectations from students are so high.
Parental pressure to perform better sometimes leaves students not living up to the expectations. An incident came to light in Bhopal where a mother tore her son’s electrical engineering degree only because her son couldn’t repair a fan.
Ankur Mahajan, an electrical engineer from LNCT Bhopal, had a really difficult day convincing his mother that his degree isn’t fake. Ankur had completed his engineering in June 2017 and is now preparing for IES while trying to get a job through walk-in interviews.
The incident happened when a ceiling fan of Ankur’s drawing hall stopped working. Ankur’s mother asked him to repair the fan since he’s an electrical engineer. Ankur did not have any option to refuse and started repairing it.
But even after several attempts he couldn’t identify the problem let alone resolving it. The disgruntled mother then brought down Ankur’s degree, which was hanging on the wall of the drawing room itself, and tore it apart.
Ankur left the home after the incident. When Faking News reporter spoke to Ankur, he said, “Yaar electrical engineer hun electrician thodi na hun jo fan tv aur mixer theek karu.. isse accha to ITI hi kar leta.. ghar wale bhi khush rehte aur job bhi mil jati.”
Ankur’s situation tells a lot about the current education system and rising unemployment in the country. Education has become more about getting degrees than gaining knowledge and that’s the reason a technician knows more than a technocrat.
Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana allows small entrepreneurs a loan of Rs 1 lakh, which isn’t enough for an engineer to open a startup that matches his qualification. It’s time the government focused more on creating jobs and revamping the education sector.