“Education is a continuous process, Di. We learn each and every day. Don’t you acquire knowledge even today? Long after you have received your degrees?”
“Yes”, I answered meekly to my cousin brother’s question. I had to agree with him. Abhimanyu, my cousin, has done remarkably well in his ICSE exam and, now he is preparing for the ISC as well as the Joint Entrance Exams (JEE). He is an excellent orator having the gift of the gab and, he uses his skill effectively to win any debate with me.
“There are faults in our education system”, he continues, “but, trust me, the system is not entirely responsible for making education a rat race for us, the students.The conundrum starts when the parents want to reflect their unfulfilled dreams, unattainable ambitions through their children.” He finished his statement with a tone of finality.
I knew he was right. I have seen/heard innumerable cases in my life where the children were obliged to their parents while choosing a career. Fortunately, this was not the case in our family. I never wanted to chase after an engineering or medical degree and, I needed not to do that against my will. Abhimanyu, on the other hand, always wanted to be an engineer. He is preparing himself for that even before his ICSE exams.
The discussion actually started on that issue. The JEE Main schedule for 2017 has been announced. He was planning a routine for his studies and, I made the mistake of teasing him saying that education means not only the marks which students score in those precious three hours!
Abhimanyu, like many other students, depends on this site to get the necessary information on colleges, admissions, and exams. While checking on the details, his riposte about education and its ambit made me proud again as an elder sister. I went through the eligibility criterion and the schedule as well. Not much time is left for those students aspiring for the JEE Main. As a National Level Exam, it needs a lot of hard work and consistency on the part of the students to succeed. Students who seek admissions to one of the seven zonal IITs, have to clear JEE Advanced as well. While the JEE Main syllabi are almost in the same line with the ISC, JEE Advanced has some more topics to be covered for the exam.
Considering the situations, I think I’m not going to perturb my cousin’s peace of mind and concentration for the coming months. That doesn’t mean an end to all debates and mock-fight between us, but I won’t mind having a truce for the sake of his success in the upcoming exams.