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Some time back I met few students in the middle of a coaching session on developing the skills for the job market. The 3-days program by an external coach was meant to make them employable and job ready, Uh!!
Employability, isn’t it the purpose of any professional degree program these students have been pursuing for last four years? Prior to that, some had spent few months of rigorous labor in attending some coaching classes to get admission. Senior secondary education should have imparted the necessary knowledge and skills. Then, why did one has to go through coaching to get admission into a degree college? Why did school or college not educate enough to be employable? Where is accountability of the education system? Even perfect scorers (having CGPA of 10) attended the coaching and college harbour the similar feeling.
This year about 1 million students will appear for engineering entrance exams across India. About 30% of them will attend some coaching classes. Intake in the prestigious IITs and NITs is about fifty thousand. A recent news article claimed that 50% of students admitted to professional institutes never had any coaching. The other half who were successful because of coaching could still have succeeded, had they not opted for it. In the 1980s, when there were no coaching institutes, students still cracked the entrance examinations. I have a conviction that students opting for coaching can still admission if they practiced themselves. The key is discipline in preparation.
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