India has one of the largest numbers of Engineering graduates in the world. We also have the largest number of unskilled and unemployed youth population in the world. Want to know why? Since childhood, our parents inject the dose of pursuing either engineering or medicine in our minds. Then we begin our life like robots from Class 6 in the Name of IIT Foundation course and what not.
Just like most places, even the Indian society is allergic to arts and humanities courses. When we see a arts students, the first thing that comes to our mind is:
These are very common questions faced by art students when they meet their relatives or friends. I am an Engineering student in Kochi, Kerala. Like other parents, mine believed that engineering or a professional degree is the best career option. For them, a job/placement is ready for you after you graduate from university, making it the ideal option.
So basically, I am also a victim of traditional thinking. Currently, I am just doing my BTech for getting a degree and possibly will go for a PG. The final plan is to appear for Civil Services. The Btech thing is just a backup when I could have taken a humanities subject as my degree, and things would have been much easier.
Why take Humanities?
It’s not just about having a career option, but choosing what you want to learn through a course. As the name suggests, in the humanities you learn about humans, their lives and choices, how do they adapt, and develop to changing times. Unlike, what you learn in science and engineering about non-living aspects like physical phenomenon, environment, the universe and even technology; humanities explores multiple facets about Human beings.
Our society not only needs people to look at the technical aspects of things but also look at cultures across the world and how they shape our experiences. There is nothing wrong with choosing arts and taking it forward as your life’s calling.
See, the career options are plenty, you don’t need to be a doctor or an engineer to have a happy and settled life. There is so much to learn and experience.
What about people who are doing a professional course but are interested in Arts?
After Class 12, even if you are pursuing science stream, doors are always open for you to look at any other course. Delhi University stands out as the best in India to pursue Bachelors in Arts and Science courses.
People who are studying engineering or science still have the doors open for taking up a Masters in Arts and later on M-Phil or PhD. Online certificate courses are available as well.
Myths about Arts Courses.
Like any other courses, arts and humanities do have their shortcomings. Finally, everything depends on your ability to learn and nurture your interests. If you think you are interested in Technical Education, go for it, but if you are not interested, there is no point in continuing because either you can’t excel in the field or you might drop out soon.
It’s better if you make up your mind by Class 12 as to what degree you want to pursue. And even after that, everyone does deserve a second chance in their life.
And dear parents, don’t dictate your kid’s choices. Support them and allow them to follow their interests and passions. After all, it’s their passion, not yours.
To The Government and Respective College Authorities
A final word for all the students, it’s your life and your future. Take the decision you want to and forge ahead in life.