Formal Education , in my opinion, is to make a Living, despite views that it really helps one in building one self to face Life.
It prepares one to face life on the economic front.
But for other important aspects of Life one has to follow some basic principles of Humanity, like Humanitarian approach,respect for others and their views, pride in one’s country,Culture, History,welfare of others and the society one lives in by forsaking comforts,tolerance,Compassion for all living beings,Integrity, Honesty, Loyalty and above the mental resilience to face the problems thrown by Life.
This can be achieved by value based education which can be found in the culture one belongs to or born into.
However this does not mean to say that the present formal education system is without merit for unless one feels economically comfortable, he would find it very hard to follow any moral values, such is the pressure of poverty.
And we have, like every thing else , the Job market and consequently the course one chooses changes periodically.
When I was entering college, about fifty years back, the popular Course was B.Com and the most coveted job was in a Bank, which can be had by writing the Bank Entrance Examination.
Then came Engineering, B.E. mania when people rushed to Engineering colleges, even if child does not it or the parents could not afford it.
In the mad rush all other courses were left behind.
The came the IT wave.
Every one was rushing to IT courses to such an extent even an unqualified Coaching Centre was minting money.
Now the things have come to a full circle.
One finds engineering colleges being sold (in Tamil Nadu at least) with about 64,000 Engineering seats remaining vacant!
The current trend is Commerce especially B.Com.
In this topsy-turvy yoyo ,Medicine remains still the favourite.
Medicine remains till date the same sought after course despite qualified Doctors finding it difficult to find Jobs.
Another issue is to find a course , university and college.
Notwithstanding the unwritten practice of Educational institutions not advertising( this was prevalent till about 50 years back),
we now find Educational Institutions advertising heavily, most of the information in the advertising copy is purely a product of the copy writer’s vivid imagination.
Now even coaching centres call themselves Educational Institutions and even tutorial Colleges.
By the way can some one tell me the difference between the two?
Possibly the former coaches all, the latter the failed Ones!
Then you come across the competition among the Universities!
Under these circumstances, it becomes difficult to sort out fact from fiction.
What one needs is a comprehensive list of Courses, Universities, Colleges,Various disciplines one can choose from.
Plus an insight into Course content, current changes in the structure of the Syllabus, Job trends, and scholarship details is necessary.
And Common Entrance Examinations.
I have been watching the news on this and I have not written much about education recently as I have been writing articles on Indian History and Culture .
I propose writing more on Education in future.
While keeping a watch on the information relating to choosing a course, University,Colleges, Syllabus changes and other information I have detailed above, I found collegedunia.com to be quite informative.
Apps is also available.
Out of curiosity I checked their List of Colleges for Medicine in Kolkata based on Ranking.
Readers may send in information on such services available in the interest of Students and parents.