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Three Idiots - Blog Reaction
I liked the movie. It is quite funny. I would recommend you to watch it if you haven't already.
Time and again, I've seen people believing in messages movies deliver. If you aren't able to properly judge the message you're at a loss. Just don't believe in what you would like to believe. In my view, the sole responsibility of a movie is to entertain people and not to deliver any messages. The concept of the movie might try to push some idea to the masses. Such messages shouldn't be blindly believed.
If you think, our education system must drastically change, I would like to bring to your notice a lot of other things that needs to be drastically changed. Our political system, work culture, society and so many other things require a drastic change. You name it. Nothing is perfect. Then again, there's no point simply bitching about broken systems.
As far as I know, people who topped the charts didn't just mug up things. They understood the concepts. They knew what they were doing. Here and there you could notice some students getting good grades just by mugging up certain things.
There are of course certain things that needs to be changed in a typical engineering course. For instance, in programming exam, the computer science students are asked to write, compile and run one of the thirty programs they studied the whole semester. What's the point if the programs don't change in the exams?
What's the value of such degrees? Absolutely nothing. When I hire a programmer for my company, I don't really care if the candidate has a degree certificate, unless they come from institutes like IIT. The college shown in the movie is comparable to IITs? I talk to the candidate, ask questions related to the job, give them problems to solve and evaluate their candidacy for the job. The skills and experience of the candidate matters, not just the college degree.
I don't see a huge problem in the college shown in the movie. The students that suffered were those that didn't like what they are doing.
"And all of a sudden, here comes a movie, which completely ridicules our education system and paints a rather incorrect and drastically over exaggerated picture, and the so called educated young crowd, are adoring it and playing along with the theme, as if to ascertain the facts."
It depends how you see it. If you ask me, the movie doesn't ridicule the Indian education system. The movie is about an ideal student who is supposed to be smarter than everyone else including his professors.
Certain facts shown in the movie are true. There are a lot of parents that think engineering is the only safe way for their sons and daughters to pursue a good career. Especially software engineering. Forcing children to study what don't like is nothing new. The extreme concern for son/daughter's career prospects is a problem related to parental psychology. It will not help, if you try to change the education system.
I defend Winston Churchill's statement - "A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do". If you try to pursue a career in what you do best, opportunities are abundant. But there's no guarantee. The argument holds good for engineering too. If you pass out and get an engineering degree, there's no guarantee you will get a lucrative job. Let's leave the edge cases out of equation for now.
Getting suicide ideas from movies isn't new, is it? If you try to blame movies for showing suicides and crimes there can't be any entertainment. The engineering students are supposed be adults and have the ability to judge a movie.
What do you think?