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IN People ON 24 Oct, 2016
We are all well aware of the billion dollar businesses that rule the Silicon Valley and probably all of the Internet. The first names which obviously come into your mind might be Apple, Google, Facebook, and Mircosoft. They all have one thing in common, their 'masterpiece'. They created amazing products that hacked into our lives and now we can hardly imagine our life without them.
Have you ever wondered what'll happen if the famous college dropouts like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or Steve Jobs appear for an interview at top Indian IT companies like Wipro, Infosys, or TCS for employment? Well, that was the question that someone asked on Quora and Jitender S Bhatia nailed the answer.
Manager Sharma: "Why did you leave your college?"
Mark Zuckerberg: "I thought of doing this new…"
Sharma: "Stop. Do you know my favorite Data Structures?"
Interview Feedback: Weak in fundamentals.
Manager Sharma: "What do you know about product design?"
Steve Jobs: "The key to design is simplicity…"
Sharma: "Stop. Do you know my favorite Design Patterns?"
Interview Feedback: Lacks basic design skills.
Manager Sharma: "What have you been doing?"
Bill Gates: "So, I wrote this new OS…"
Sharma: "Stop. Can you solve my favorite Puzzle?"
Interview Feedback: Poor at problem-solving.
Manager Sharma: "Tell me about yourself?"
Gyaneshwar: "I studied, actually mugged up, all interview questions like design patterns, data structures, collections, puzzle, algorithms. Just don't ask me anything practical please."
Sharma: "You are hired."
Interview Feedback: Strong knowledge. Great skills.
The fact that Gyaneswar was hired shows the shameful reality of education system of India. The case highlights the huge knowledge gap between students in West and the students in India. If analyzed closely, the whole fault is not of the Indian students, the education system contributes a great deal in shaping the mindset of students and the final product they become. It's sad that the corporate world cannot expect much from them as the performance which the students can deliver after getting hired is predetermined considering their capabilities. Here are some of the loopholes in the system which are overlooked.
Everybody knows how to score good, it's quite simple. All you need to do is mug up and write the exams. Schools just brag about the interactive learning, smart classes and things like that, least do they focus on basics. No two students are same, who knows it better than the West, they encourage and respect individualism. Teachers should help students discover their skills and talents, encouraging them to pursue what they love to do. They should encourage creative and critical thinking.
Students set goals and rarely they follow their dreams. They just choose their field out of the few popular like Science, Commerce or Arts and just stick to them, accepting it as the best that they can do. Most of they students eventually end up at a job that they hate, complaining about it, their whole life. Although efforts are being made and there a lot of startups emerging but they don't seem to be enough.
Students are still dependent on their parents even after turning adults. This needs to change. The parents should encourage students to become self-dependent and colleges should also provide opportunities for internships. This would not only help them learn new things and develop their personality in a whole new better way but also change their outlook towards things.
The whole education system is focused on developing the 'required skills' and knowledge base of students to make them fit for the industry. They are being trained to be employees and not leaders. We need to teach them to follow their dreams and encourage the hidden leaders in them.
Most of us are not aware of it but there are two kinds of mindset, Growth mindset, and Fixed mindset. Most of the students just follow the latest trends and are afraid of taking risks due to their fixed mindset. The parents and teachers should collectively work on building a Growth mindset. As that is what the country needs right now, more innovators, thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs.
Although the things are changing, more of Steves and Zucks will become dropouts if it takes more time.