ScoopWhoop | Shabdita Pareek | October 16 , 2015 |
In India, if you throw a stone up in the air, there’s a high chance that it will fall on an engineer! MBBS and engineering are two professions sacred to Indian parents and the way we’re conditioned usually leaves us with little room to think about an alternative career option. And with the handful of seats in MBBS, what’s the next best option left? Engineering. If you turn out to be someone who wants to do something else in life, like becoming a painter or a writer, you still cannot escape studying engineering for it’s a pre-condition to be fulfilled before you desire anything else for yourself in India. This video titled “The Great Indian Obsession”, shows the exact reason behind mass-production of engineers in India. – Courtesy
The Great Indian Obsession (The Untold Story of India’s Engineers) : by
Book Review :For a Hindu majority nation, India has more Christians than Australia and more Muslims than Saudi Arabia. It is perhaps only in India that a citizen can travel to another part of his own country and find it difficult to communicate with his own countrymen. Even with this exasperating diversity, there are some things that make one uniquely Indian. An undying passion for the game of cricket, a fervent celebration of movies and movie stars, and an unflinching political loyalty are indulgences that find uniform presence across the country. These obsessions have been written about often but what this book deals with is a 4th such obsession and a seemingly bizarre one at that.
Since her independence in 1947, India, a country with over a billion people has produced only 26 Olympic medals (China produced 100 in the 2008 games alone) and not a single Nobel Laureate in Science (US has 200+). However, something that India churns out annually is millions of engineers. In fact, India produces more engineers than US and China combined. If engineering were a religion, it would be the 5th most popular religion in India. This book will unravel the massive phenomenon to answer what’s happening with the life of Indian engineers and why. This nuanced understanding of our subject will also present interesting glimpses of India’s history, her compelling society and her broader education system in what is possibly the world’s most interesting educational story.
In words of The Joker, Adhitya is “A dog chasing cars and doesn’t know what to do when he gets hold of one.”Adhitya Iyer completed his engineering degree from Mumbai University, where he studied in an institute interestingly named after Sardar Patel and was inaugurated by Nehru. In his role as the founder of Annanymous, he was listed as one of India’s Top 30 student entrepreneurs by the NEN. He later spent 2 years in Bangalore selling chai, before he set out to write this book. He thinks the society needs to be re-imagined and that humans can’t be spending more than half their life doing something they seldom enjoy. – Publisher : Notionpress / Buy Book through Amazon