This is in support of the letter in this column by M.K. Raghu (SOM dated July 11). These days almost every other student either goes to take up engineering or medicine as a profession. And moreover many parents and teachers are not even aware of other courses that are in our curriculum.
I, as a student of Architecture, have experienced the ordeal of explaining my course to a lot of people but in vain. Whenever I say I’m pursuing Architecture, they either have to ask me if it is engineering or they are concerned whether there is “campus selection” in Architecture!
Much worse is when people ask why I took up Architecture when I could have gone for engineering or medicine. According to them, Architecture doesn’t have much “scope” and requires one to do a lot of work. Yes, it does require work. But the work won’t matter much when you are interested in the course. This is not just in the case of Architecture course; but anyone who takes up a different course, be it Arts, Commerce, B.Sc, or any other “uncommon” course, is looked down upon. Parents these days have become more of ‘follow the herd’ types where a parent is more concerned than the student if his son or daughter doesn’t get an engineering or a medical seat.
The students must be allowed to take up a course which they are more inclined towards and this process of selection of course can happen with the government organising programmes constantly that introduces one to different courses and not just engineering or medicine.
Also parents and teachers should be educated about the different courses so that they can convey it to the students and students will have more options to choose from depending on their interests.
– Varun S. Bapu, Jayalakshmipuram, 11.7.2017