Remember the day you came to know about electives? And heard some Hi-Fi sounding options in elective choice list? Well this post goes to all the Indian engineering students who have made smart, difficult and random elective choices.
Being a part of the Indian engineering community and looking at ground realities of non-IIT engineering colleges I can fairly speak about the type of choices made by students. Electives are offered in our system because our so called educationists want to make the system flexible and western (certainly with good intentions at heart). However they conveniently consider that all the faculty members assigned to various elective courses are equal (because they live in an ideal world).
There are three major factors in choosing an elective viz interest level, subject quality and the faculty. If a person is interested and truly wants to learn something then nothing else matters but the question is what is the price student will have to pay if he chooses to learn it as an elective especially with nagging faculty? If choice is made based on subject quality then what is the amount of true learning which will happen in that course? These are some big questions which require some deep analysis but here all i can tell you is that don’t get into “oops! I made a mistake” situation if you can help it (I know it’s easier said than done).
PS: I would like to remind about one of my previous post when everything had gone right for me with an elective. link: https://prismoflife.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/linear-algebra-the-not-so-obvious-maths/