Think seriously and honestly. Forget about politicians and economists. Think about this honestly and freely. Of the two citizens, who are respected more by you and society? One, a non-professional graduate and two, a literate or illiterate plumber or electrician of your colony. Or say, if you or your parents are looking for a suitable groom for your sister, which of the two would they choose?
The answer is very obvious in all the cases, will be the graduate degree holder with no work and knowledge.r A Urdu graduate or sociology (Honours) pass out, or even a BA/BCom/BSc (Pass) graduate has no future (known as simple graduates) is much better for average Indians than ‘just a good earning plumber or electrician.
Now, here’s a different reality. One can get an ordinary bachelor in India for around five thousand rupees a month, or even less. But an electrician or a plumber could easily earn more twenty thousand to fifty thousand rupees per month. But a simple graduate first will have to struggle hard to find a job and then work as a slave 24X7 but the plumber or the electrician would have to switch off his phone because a large number of people would be chasing him for work.
But the politicians, economists and media have filled the mind that graduate, with dark future, is better than the financially strong plumber and electrician with a financially safe and strong future to marry your sister.
Therefore, here lies the big problem. This attitude is making it tricky for talent based knowledge to develop and become extensively established as conventional. All talk about the necessity for skill growth, make plans and policies and allocate a lot of funds for it. But, we haven’t changed the single biggest obstruction to skill development in India – the frame of mind.
The attitude that deems wasting three years in any college, attending worthless classes, listening unmeritorious teachers, reading archaic course books and attaining a useless degree at the end of it should be the aspire of life. Nation has factually crores of graduates passing out every year. More than half of those graduates are doing non-professional BA/B.Sc./B.Com. sort degrees. If one is studying just for knowledge, it is good and all the subjects are good. There is worth in learning any knowledge. But, in a society mad for employment, there is no point in securing useless degrees. It is a simple waste of time, money and resources.
This is just to boost the society that your child is a graduate and educated. Education and knowledge have nothing to do by locking 15 years in schooling, then another 3 to 4 years in a college reading a syllabus which is less knowledge and more politics. Now, almost in all the syllabuses across the nation things related with Dalits, Ambedkar, Marx, Feminism, LGBTQ, Secularism, Social Justice, Minorities etc which have nothing to do with the professional development of the society. Sure, one gets the stamp of a ‘graduate’. However, it is high time society change it’s the attitude towards these useless ‘stamps’ without ant worth.
Now, no institutions can claim that it’s graduates have enough jobs in the offing for them by the time they pass out. Now, most of the graduates can be seen working as guards, delivery boys, helps at shops and homes etc after paying hefty money, precious time, studying useless subjects.
Even hardly any BA Political Science or BA Philosophy or BA Urdu or BA Sociology graduates from highly reputed Indian universities do not get good jobs. Instead, if they learn skills of electricians, plumber, motor mechanic, mobile mechanic or the most trendy computer software – Tally, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or many such others, they will be much more happy and wealthy.
Skill is always valued less by society than almost every graduate. Economists, reformists, sociologists and politicians have filled our mind that a useless graduate degree is the highest honour. This is why one-fourth of the nation’s population is always hissing and rotting in the campuses. Due to this horrible social shame, our youth doesn’t confront to go in the track of training themselves with skills. Instead, they squander years gathering futile degrees, throw themselves out of the job market and then plead and bribe their father’s links and acquaintances to give them a job.
Why the society honour graduates, and looks at mechanics, electricians and plumbers with contempt? Why do we care for any useless graduate as more proficient than a top computer mechanic or a superb mobile phone mechanic? Is it because our minds have been filled by the intellectuals and academicians that the degrees and certificates make one more civilised – speak better English, dress in branded clothes? Isn’t it another form of ignorance and illiteracy?
It is high time we put an end for chasing the certificates and degrees. Understand that that graduation can be pointless, even harmful in most of the cases. It is creating imbalances in society. There is a tremendous shortage of skilled manpower, farm labourers in the country due to this type of education. It is only a waste of time. The same time and money can be utilized to learn skills, become an agriculturalist or entrepreneur and earn handsome money.
Society should respect and evaluate all the options. Rather than pining for the freebies careers like caste quotas, go for what is most in demand. Even a hawker who purchases vegetables, milk or flowers directly from the villages and farmers and sells them in cities can earn much more than a graduate.
In this direction, The Skill India campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 15, 2015, is highly laudable to prepare 40 crore people in India in different skills by 2022.
There are many such policies and schemes launched by the government for the skill development, such as the Skill Loan scheme and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) etc. This is a very good initiative. But society must change its outlook. We must respect people with skills just as greatly as people with degrees.