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Monday, June 20, 2011

Academics - Our New Dumping Ground

Basically, this post is a written outcome of my frustration that I could not vent properly while in college and even in school. Taking  pangas with teachers can create mayhem in a student’s life. I have been observing this since long and to my surprise, many of my friends too are extremely irritated. I’ll end this filmy suspense and will tell you clearly what this post is all about.

Over years of my student life, I came across a plethora of teachers, some extremely sincere, some strict, some verbally abusive, some akin to mental counselors and some totally unemployable duds who ‘had’ to enter academics to earn a living. This post is about those falling in the last category.

These days, every nook and corner and village and alley has a management institute. These have become more ubiquitous than the paan shops and local grocers. Students hailing from semi urban backgrounds or those unable to pass the entrance tests of high profile institutes take admission in these ‘management shops’ and all they learn is pure theoretical knowledge. Of all the students passing out of professional colleges, best ones are picked up by the companies, a few join family businesses and rest, who are at the bottom, join such grade less institutes only to ruin the future of students. 

Such teachers can be found anywhere, not only in colleges but in schools as well. But if you think such pests can be found only in such third grade institutes, you are clearly mistaken. Even the top institutes have them, though less in numbers. I did my MBA from a very reputed B school and I can clearly remember three or four such faculty members who entered academics only because they were not getting jobs anywhere. Out of the three, two were visiting faculties from another top management institute. I was shocked at the audacity of one of them; when someone asked a question, he retorted “If you have a query that is your problem” Such was this man’s reply!


(Check out this awesome satire on Indian schools)


Another dud claimed he was a PhD from IIM. His very incorrect basics coupled with his cranky personality and immaturity created a very obnoxious image of this man. His terrific angrezi still makes me roll on the floor with laughter! 
A girl whom I know very well did her graduation and MBA from the same institute and after MBA, she joined there only, as a lecturer. She had been an average student and her presentation and public speaking skills were literally zero. She was also rejected by various companies for job. Left with no choice, she entered academics.
And the limit - an office assistant (secretary) I knew, now works as an assistant professor at one of the B schools in Mumbai! Not only she is one of the most irritating personalities one can encounter, also her cacophonic voice makes it almost impossible to stand her nonsensical talks!

These are only a few cases from the thousands. I am not accusing the entire academic staff of the country neither I am trying to prove that only duds enter this sacred profession these days but my point is that, in general academics has become a dumping ground for the unemployable and for the unemployed as well.
                                  

38 comments:

  1. What an apt post... we need an overhaul.
    Presently demand rules supply of good teachers and institutions.

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  2. quite true, something similar I pen down at my post title creativity.. gone forever! You may like it. Nice read :)
    http://rachitlifestyle.blogspot.com/2011/05/creativity-gone-forever.html

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  3. my wifie dedicated teacher..so no comment here..hehe:)

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  4. Management schools=paan ki dukaan so apt I always wonder how so many institutes come into existence. How I wish teachers were also told to crack entrance test and then get a job. Atleast they won't be runing student's future.

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  5. the over all scenario of the education system is really frustrating n needed to be looked into and overhauled before its too late.....

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  6. Go save our country from such teachers!
    Very well posted!

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  7. hii NB

    yes, that must be our priority!

    :)

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  8. hii Alka

    thanks!

    yes, thats the problem

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  9. hii Rachit!

    thanks!
    I saw ur post, its very nice :)

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  10. hii R.Ramesh!

    I can understand!

    heheh!

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  11. hii G3

    yes yaar such institutes are now everywhere.. that can be a good option. Waise there is such an exam NET (National Education Test)but thats required for posts in govt. colleges.

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  12. hii Irfannudin

    I agree, our entire educational framework stinks

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  13. hello Ravikar

    thanks a lot!

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  14. Hope they have NET for pvt colleges too...because majority of the parents put their kids in pvt institutes only.

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  15. Rightly said.. nd now with the NET exams, I hope the teachers will be better qualified to educate. Now every graduate has an MBA attached to him/her since there are too many below the standard institutions giving it away. Soon MBA's and Engineers (there are too many of those institutions too without proper facilities) will be forced to do any kind of jobs.
    The government needs to create more first class institutions so that the students are better trained. Every state and it's major cities needs to have centres of excellence in learning.

    Even students hailing from semi urban backgrounds can be trained if the institution is good.

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  16. sad truth of our education system is that teaching is taken up by majority if they run out of other employment avenues..a small number end up teaching well..most teach shit..while only few do it for the love of teaching... which I believe is a noble profession..
    we are lucky that their students are more dedicated than them and our job market is very competitive that majority of the students don't screw up their future by relying on bad teachers...

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  17. Lack of well qualified staff is a problem not just in schools or colleges but in every other field. We think of it always from the point of view of educational institutions because we all have experienced it one time or the other in our life. If you visit hospitals, govt. office or any place that provides service, you will easily be able to spot a few people who don't do their job properly. And as you rightly said, when you've to deal with such kind of people for getting your work done, its really frustrating!!

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  18. we can Expect only An Einstein to make more Einstein . Mentally Bankrupt Faculty Plagued by Unnecessary Bias and cynicism will produce their Replica only.

    well written , Congrats

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  19. hii G3

    yes, yaar, atleast this may help a bit

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  20. hello Happy Kitten!

    thanks for the comment!

    yes, I agree, the problem of 'underemployment' will grow even more serious if the same conditions continue.

    we need change immediately

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  21. hii Sankoobaba

    thanks! you are very right. We cant rely on low grade teachers in such a cut throat competitive scenario.

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  22. hii mOhan

    yes, I agree.. this problem is everywhere..low grade collages are churning out low grade professions who are flooding the services sector only to make our lives even more frustrating!!

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  23. hii Brand Maverick

    Thanks for the comment.
    You are right. One can share only what one has, when the teaching faculties are themselves an empty cup, students will get nothing solid out of them.

    Secondly, this problem of bias is everywhere. In my class too, one idiotic HOD always favored his blockhead niece over the deserving students.

    Thanks!

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  24. I wish they would make the teaching profession a bit more lucrative. I guess there was a time when people bribed to get into the profession.

    Teaching is just a profession now, nothing noble about it. :)

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  25. hii Juxtaposition

    exactly!! u have hit the nail.. teaching is just another profession now, nothing noble left in it now

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  26. reminds me of my KV days... the english teachers were very much capable of inventing a new language ...
    well written...

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  27. hii Rajlakshmi

    yes, exactly! hehe!!
    :D

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  28. we need to improve the quality of teachers.

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  29. hii sm

    thanks!

    yes, i agree

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  30. heheh thanks for yr hilarious comment ya:)

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  31. Sorry to have missed your post .You are on my sidebar now :):)Completely agree with you on this topic.Not that it is directly related to it but if you got time read this article that i came across few days back
    http://realarindamchaudhuri.blogspot.com/2011/06/sweet-smell-of-success-true-story-of.html

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  32. hii Kavita!

    thank you so much!!

    yes, will read as soon as possible!
    thanks!

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  33. Thanks for taking this opportunity to discuss this, I feel fervently about this and I like learning about this subject.mba college in punjab

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  34. I am amazed to see such an amazing post. Keep up the good work.mba college in punjab

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  35. I wonder why. The salary is not very bad, at least in MBA colleges. But still, why don't many good students take up the job of teaching?

    Management should be much better. Engineering is far worse. No one NO ONE knows what they are teaching/what they are learning. Students join to get a job in software segment and teachers for good salaries. The state of engineering education is pathetic, down south.

    Destination Infinity

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  36. yup, I agree. These days most people find academics boring and they yearn for the fast paced life of the corporate MNC's
    The condition of engg and MBA collages here in north is also very similar..

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