Are you taught the right subjects for the right career?

The Indian education system has been cleverly designed. The implementation of the New Education Policy 2020 will make it even better. Why? Because the children are taught all the necessary and basic information that they should know. Moreover, the basic education they receive also helps them to choose the perfect career stream in future. Unless a student learns basic and intermediate knowledge of all the major subjects like maths, science, social science, languages, etc., how would they know what their interest is and what they will like to do in their job? And by the time they are ready to pursue their career in a particular stream, say politics; they would have learnt enough of the basics during their school level. But when the student has decided on his career, is he sure he is taught the right subjects in his course?

Recently AICTE announced Physics, Chemistry and Maths are not mandatory for courses like Architecture. Imagine what would have gone through the students in the past that didn’t like maths but wanted to do architecture? Why did they study hard the subject which they don’t like and they would never need to do a course they liked so much? Why did the announcement come so late to declare PCM are not necessary for architecture, didn’t they know it before? Imagine you contacted transcript service to get your academic transcript from your respective university and you did all the hassle to go abroad and learn your favourite subjects like the business analysis. But as part of the course curriculum, you are taught a foreign language there. Would you like it? There are some off-beat subjects integrated into major courses keeping in mind they are necessary for overall knowledge. But few subjects are just useless when compared to a particular course. For example, a student in higher semesters of mechanical engineering is being taught about bricks and mortars or semiconductors. If the students were really interested to study these subjects, they would have taken Civil or Electronics engineering and not Mechanical, right? And they would use these subjects least in their career.

Overall, it can be said that almost 15% – 20% of the subjects in a particular course are irrelevant or unnecessary. These courses unnecessarily lengthen the course duration. Have you heard Pune University is starting 4 years under graduation courses? Many courses which were already of 3 years are now of 4 years. Instead of reducing the course duration and encouraging practical training, the university is making students sit in the classroom longer. Students who go abroad, already spend a lot on travel, stay abroad, expensive tuition fees, transcript services for getting their transcripts, ECA, attestations, etc. and if the course is reduced for a semester or two, then these international students can save quite a lot of money which they can use for internships or practical training abroad. This will ensure better employment opportunities as well. What do you think about this issue? Let us know which subjects you were taught that you feel were unnecessary.