‘I have scored only 91%.I am very depressed, while mummy compares me to Monika who has scored a 93%,she will easily get an admission in a good college but ,what will be my future? This is a big challenge facing me .I am fed up with life; marks are everything for them but actually nothing. I wish I were one of those lucky ones like Monika……’
Today marks and competition form a big basis for educational systems. Today many of the children have the same condition like that mentioned above. Almost everyone is included in the rat race for maximum marks, naming it as a “healthy competition” but is it really a healthy competition or just marks dominated education? Why should we keep on bagging for a few marks?
Well, according to me, ‘Three Idiots’ is an ideal representation about what the oppressive educational system is like and how should be shaped to make the students proper human and not just educationalists who know nothing about anything outside the books or are not very much constructive for the new world of advancement, only inspiring minds would be able to make it and they would only be able to make it and they would only be able to be better job-holders who are passionate about that field or source of job and not just pushed/forced into it. This way a person would never be able to benefit the new developed modern India.
This is a true fact that education builds a person’s mind. Education is not just for the sake of brilliance of marks and boasts of high degrees but the main aim of education ought to provide a person great opportunities to help humanity and serve the nation. While ‘Three Idiots ’provided a perfect view into quality and not just quantity education .I would like to reflect upon by this the character of Raju,who was a middle class boy with a poor family in case of finances, living conditions and health, having great expectations from him that he will prove to be a great help to the family in increasing their finances and which inevitably led him under pressure to just reach out for a great job and get his sister married to a family which demanded a Maruti car as dowry ,to heal his father and to make his mother proud of him, being the only pillar of the family on which they could depend upon. This type of depression hamper the development of a child and their unableness to enjoy their childhood as well as the time when they grow into youngsters, they lack the charm and happiness, sadness and depression becomes their daily dose of expression of that particular time as they are forced in one way or the other to be a part of the long queue for marks and marks as their aim. Sometimes due this they often get indulged in malicious activities like drug consumption, smoking and in severe cases even suicide which also became his decision when he was to choose between his friend-Rancho and his family, he finally decided to quit leaving lots of silence and sadness behind.
I myself observed the following bottlenecks in the present education system. Everybody just wants to run behind prestigious courses or degrees like MBA. Suitability should be the main aim for selection of jobs and not just merit in mere marks. Students mainly crowd in the easier or money making education systems, other hard works demanding education systems have run out of student initiatives to participate since who would not want flashy jobs with lots of money and luxuries, so they rather take up a popular and rather a more ridden path.
Education should not lack in capability and not emphasize on getting marks for good jobs, remember- ‘you can take a horse to a pond but can never make him drink that water’ – which signifies, that merit will not pay for the suitability of that particular person. Admissions in a course should be rather based on the psychology of the candidate and his interest. If he /she actually fit in that criterion, then they should be given admission to that course and why not, employers long for dedicated, hardworking and suitable candidates.
Another counter part of the victims of the ‘forced intos’ was Farhan who rather wanted to go for photography and had the inborn talent of photography in his veins, but his father’s dream of his son turning into a successful engineer proved to be a big obstacle in his way of becoming a photographer, finally he convinced his father and persuaded his chosen career and went on to be happily living and enjoyed his profession. We must follow our passion, our desire and not be a dummy of money and fames because they do not go along with success that accompanies dedication and hard work. Rancho also proved to e his friend’s best guide and shaped their future and his too. I also liked how Rancho kept on motivating his friends for not losing hope and trying again, himself being the son of a servant, he was mature enough to show the right path to his friends while having small bits of fun at times, because fun is the essence of life and makes life worth living. He was a perfect example of what a teacher should be like, because the teachers are the building blocks of a child’s future and play an important role in his life. One should always learn to keep smiling in the worst of the conditions because it gives to you the strength to face the difficulties and once you face them there will be no difficulties to face at all. You should always remember that nothing on earth rather than death means the end of your life, so don’t try to blame life and for the difficulties. Remember you are a diamond hidden in a coal mine, all you need is to find your actual talent and to polish yourself so that you can be a jewel in the ornament of high character people of the world and make yourself the one whom God can also be proud of, that he should be feel fortunate to create a human like you and present the World a jewel of life in form of a human, first learn from people and then make the people learn from you. Try your best and always have trust on your capabilities and not the muddy marks who will sweep with the wind later but only your capabilities will pay you in the long run.
Now I reach to the conclusion that the basic lesson was follow your desires, listen to your heart and not what the others say it is good for you, after all you are the best decision maker of your life and ultimately you are the one who will live your life. Always have alternatives you can opt for if you fail because the World doesn’t lack for opportunities and you are suitable for most of them, just kick off tension and say-‘AALL IZ WELL’.
By- Anjali Tyagi