We all cheered for the fact that Mission Sakthi was a great success, but little did we know the hard-earned victory was laden with struggles and dedication. Any entity’s might can be revealed by one great man-made procedure called exams and tests. The population increases and proportionally the competition increases. As the theory of evolution stated, it’s the survival of the fittest. We all had to prove who was capable of doing what and in academic terms, exams and tests were our way of ranking ourselves.
In a matter of time, we forgot the purpose of examinations and got engulfed in the grade war fuelled by our peers and family. I encountered a trivial question from my brother who wrote his exams and was impatiently waiting for his UP Board 10th results. He asked me what his next step should be. I was put into a dilemma because I was an indecisive person who could not decide on what to eat for lunch and what for dinner. This is when my highly educated relative came for my rescue. He threw in a sea full of options that made the discussion which started during brunch exceeded post high tea in the evening. The following is a gist from his discussion.
Earlier we all were only aware that after 10th, it’s either Science or Commerce because we were warned that vocational courses had no value then. But the recent statistical data reveals how the tables have turned. In 2014, there was a rise in the number of students who preferred vocational courses, arts, and commerce stream after their UP Board 10th results as compared with the previous years. The students have started to tap the wide potential that the market had to offer on specialized studies.
Commerce offered subject like business studies, accounts, etc. and after their higher secondary they can take the trending courses like CA, ICWA, CFP, CS, BBA, etc. offered by well-known universities.
The arts stream offers magnanimous opportunities after 12th and we can choose our subjects based on our area of interest. Mass media, journalism, human rights, home science, etc.
The other option was what we all are familiar with is the Science Stream which includes maths, physics, chemistry computer, biology as the main subjects, that would help us get into engineering and medical colleges after our 12th grade. Sports development is also a much sought-after option for people who are excelling in their respective fields.
Then there are Diploma courses which we would have to study for 3 years after 10th grade which would help us pursue our engineering track by making us eligible to get admitted into 2nd year of engineering degree as a lateral entry student. There are various other specializations and courses that pertain to specific jobs and does not have global acceptance.
After listening to all this, my head started spinning as usual and I recalled why I hadn’t opted for such courses when I had the time to decide. The simple answer being the mere fact that we were all unaware of the opportunities that non-engineering and non-medical courses had to offer. Were we given proper guidance by then, we would not have to live in a nation where majority of the youth are unemployed.
After the development of the internet and mass media, any information is accessible by a click. The youth today are well aware of the paths they choose and all that they need is a little push and support from their family to make their dreams come true. The world needs people with different talents and not different people with the same talent. Sustainability is achieved in this manner and what more than pursuing the things that we love and in the process we all shall rise above.