Yesterday, while having my lunch at the hostel mess, an old dude comes up and sits right beside me. Out of my reverence for his grey hair, i wish him. This old man is a some great professor from the mechanical engineering department.
Now i have always been guilty of one thing- talking on subjects to strangers – a subject the stranger dude specialises in while i dont know a piece of shit about of it! so here it goes again but this time I knew too. And this ensues the probem.
when we are eating, suddenly, i pop out the question ” Sir, which department are you from?”, he replies ” Mech dept”. Two more morsels of food down the alimentary canal, when I ask” Sir, why is it that all engineering graduates end up their lives with a job in the Information Technology sector?”. There I again get uncomfortable for someone! But that is the way yours truly is.
Now that old dude barks back at me with a frown “Which dept are you from?”, I try my best to conceal my innermost thoughts and say ” Sir, Biotechnology”. What next. The old frown goes ballistic and blasts ” Then, better mind your technology in biology!”.
This wasnt exactly an answer i anticipated, but anyhow i managed to chip in with a one-liner ” But sir, for a true citizen, it is but his religious duty to know about the ways of his society, for nothing runs in an isolation in the society. Various elements contribute to the functioning of the democracy as well to the society”.
No answer, But no question too. i finish my meal earlier than he finishes his.
I am out of the dining hall but not out of the loop yet. The pertinent question is- why are all the engineering grads heading the IT way?
- Is there no one who really does engg. because he loves it?
- Havent they heard yet of the saturation in the IT sector?
- Isnt a stream like Mech or Electrony lucrative enough for the bright and the studious ones (since even the bright are running helter-skelter)?
Where is the society headed to, with the engineering graduates running amuck? Do we, the people, ask ourselves the consequences of such running amuck?