There is something horribly wrong with our education system, and in general, our psyche. I write this as a young woman, surrounded by friends who had to endure engineering studies, before making drastically-different career choices. I will not generalise, but in this country, most parents expect their children to become engineers, before allowing them to listen to their true calling. And they are willing to spend double, as long as their children have one engineering degree in hand. It is dreadful.
The Indian youth is succumbing to everyday pressure of the cutthroat world. The competiveness is getting to them, ebbing their morale and self-reliance. Which is why we are greeted with appalling stories of students committing suicides, every day. Whatever is happening to our youth wagon is a matter of concern, and we should be worried.
A 17-year-old girl from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, jumped to her death, a day after her JEE results came out. According to news reports, the IIT aspirant had scored 144 against a cut-off of 100 in the JEE (Mains) exams. But she was not happy with her marks. The teenager jumped from the fifth floor of her apartment building in Kota and ended her life. In a suicide note left by her, the girl apologised to her parents, writing she never wanted to pursue engineering, and wanted to become an astrophysicist instead.
Suicide is the absolute act; our sparkling young minds are falling prey to this and something has to be done. The young girl ending her life precipitously throws light on something very troubling – that our students are not being heard. The girl apologised to her parents because she had failed them, because she had cleared the examination, but not scored as much as she had expected.
We know our parents have a lot of expectations. But the truth is, sometimes we disappoint them because we are not para-humans. We want to send across a message but the receiving party is not prepared to accept it.
There are many, who want to come forward and tell their parents that there is a life beyond books and engineering is not it. That the world has changed and there are more opportunities than ever. But they are stifled. Their voices go unheard. And in desperate frustration, they take up the extreme.
We are going wrong somewhere, but where? Let us discuss, parents.