Electives, Engineering Etc.

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/

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8 thoughts on “Electives, Engineering Etc.

  1. everything is a part of learning….engineering thought us many things(of course not all related to studies), really its difficult to choose but ya(i feel) these all things doesn’t matter at all for our carrier.
    as u said “interest level, subject quality and the faculty”(u missed something) cos before choosing i thought all these match exactly to IP, but now you know how is she and whats happening….nevertheless nothing has gone so bad to loose heart….we should keep going, lot is there to learn ahead….these electives are just for time being….just to get a taste 🙂

    1. I didn’t write this blog for my personal reasons (may be it was my inspiration) but I wrote it for the greater cause. that’s why I didn’t conclude the post with my opinions and left the questions unanswered. I actually thought i wouldn’t do justice if I tried my hand at solving the problem faced by india i.e lack of quality education. these are just some of its symptoms. Our blog has much broader dimension and cause than just posting some personal experiences and criticizing our surrounding system.

  2. Each year choosing electives gets tougher and tougher. For instance, if there are two subjects you like but they are in the same group…What would you do?

    The good part is if your elective is taught in websites such as https://www.coursera.org/ , it’s a blessing in disguise. Coursera is absolutely brilliant!

    1. I know about coursera but i haven’t done any course there.. i have subscribed to some and they are yet to start

      1. Oh! That’s great! Welcome to the club….Coursera saved me in one subject this semester – DBMS. My teacher in RVCE CSE was horrible, but I enjoy DBMS now, thanks to Coursera and its assignments.

        It’s really wonderful how all these courses are being provided for free. Perhaps, in the future, we’ll have more courses than we can count.

  3. At the end of the day, University is only one piece of a puzzle. It is up to each individual to get all the other pieces in place and shape him/herself in the way he/she wants. Some of the most amazing people on Earth had no University education at all and they manage to shape themselves and their careers very well and leave a big mark on this planet. As an example, see my post on Ray Avery – a successful businessman, scientist, entrepreneur, inventor and humanitarian who started his life as an abused kid living in orphanages and on the street (some of his humanitarian projects are described at http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/do-not-give-the-needy-money/). Your future is in your hands – be the change you want to see in the world. 🙂

    1. I agree with mahatma gandhi that we should be the change we want to see.. What I want to say is that not everyone can be Ray Avery.. I support the ordinary people or the people who aren’t special(If u want to say everone is special then i would say those who cant identify why they are special).. We cant wait for exceptions to happen in our country(they will take care of themselves).. what we should concentrate on is to create atmosphere in universities which can produce people who can take humanity forward.. there must be something special with say US universities when compared to indian universities… thats why they lead in science, technology, business pretty much everything.. I feel sad when people say India isn’t contributing to science.. sometimes i feel guilt to use technologies(like internet) bucz we aren’t contributing to the future of the world..

      1. I felt the same, when I was living in my native country. And then I moved to the West and the first thing I’ve learnt from my child’s school book is that “I’m a very special person” – see the rest of this poem at http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/take-a-look-in-the-mirror-and-enjoy/ You are very special and every single person on Earth is special in his or her own way. Believe in yourself and you’ll not only be able to change your life, but you’ll be able to change the world – one step at a time 🙂

        With regard to atmosphere in universities, may be, a change in attitude – not just listening and absorbing, but questioning everything – would help? Challenge your tutors, question everything you are taught (with respect, of course) – don’t just be passive absorber of information, be active contributor to your learning process. It might make a huge difference. 🙂

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