When searched for the meaning Wiki says “Engineering is the application of scientific , economic, social, and practical knowledge in order to design , build, maintain, and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes”
While in Tamil Nadu or maybe in South India it differs from one another. Either Best selling “5 point someone” or the blockbuster “3 idiots” made impact as just ‘book/movie’ no one never ever tried to make a change. While every educational activist is preaching about the need of changing the educational system, there are so called engineering colleges which boast about their infrastructure and placements in their websites and brochures but has only 2 matchbox blocks with no compound wall. Let us see what is engineering in according to the perspective of various characters and the impact of so called engineering
For students: Those who got a seat either through entrance exams or through management enter into their college with so much of tags attached to their B.E degree.. i.e after 4 years they would enjoy more than a 5 digit salary.. an MNC.. girlfriends.. booze.. fun etc.. but they realize gradually that there are things beyond these imaginations. In final year they end up with Regrets Frustration, Swear words, indirect Status updates, torn dreams, expectations and empty beer bottles. Roughly 80% of engineering graduates end up with non-engineering jobs.. Sometimes unemployed. A funnel where people enter easily but stuck at the end.
For parents: Though they never know about real engineering they believe that engineering is the only ticket to clean up the debt mess and unfulfilled middle class expectations as well as like an ornament or a furniture to brag about in front of the in-laws and neighbours. They manage to get a seat for their son/daughter for god’s sake emptying their ‘khazana’ and through educational loan.
For management: Clever smart ass elite people who know how to make filthy money. Had they given good education they would have filled their bank accounts with more money. But they use educational institutions just a backup to manage their loss in the real business.
So far this word “engineering” has created a great impact directly or indirectly on society. Engineering has ruined the future of other career options. It has snatched the dreams of students and their parents. In the end those who survived were those who were born with the silver spoon. Definitely not the middle class. Now engineering graduates are all over the country making money as clerks POs Marketting executives, sales representatives except where they should have ended up with. Yes. The so called engineering has killed the value and pride of Engineering itself.
Yet no one indeed tried to make a change. They just wail through social networks and blogs like THIS POST.