What is the ultimate goal of education? To this question, Sabita Joshi, a student of Agricultural science one year ago had said during a program on Youth Empowerment, IAAS, Rampur, that the goal to be educated is gaining knowledge, to know the difference between right and wrong and to be empowered. She passed graduation about a fortnight ago and during the farewell program, she said, graduation is more about job opportunities than real knowledge gaining in Nepal.
Looking to the fresh graduates of my college, IAAS, Rampur and trying to understand what they have left us as a farewell note, I think unemployment has become a big threat, a ghost to all. Devotion of about two decades of one’s life to academic achievement is not a joke, and the money, the energy, the hopes invested while studying is not a joke either.
The ultimate success seems to be in a good job placement or admission in a reputed college for the master’s degree. So, the quest for a good job than a good conceptual knowledge has become more important in Nepal and I now think, in a way, that’s fair as well because at the end of the day, one will generally be judged more on the basis of professional or monetary success.
Education is surely an empowerment. There will always be a certain gap between the uneducated and educated in terms of emotions, expression, understanding etc. The importance of education can never be suppressed whether in terms of making a person intelligent or in making employed. However, in Nepal, even after having good grades in the bachelor’s degree, one freaks out for so many reasons. In my eyes, one of the reasons is that jobs in Nepal aren’t only achievable just through good grades. There also lies favoritism, unseen fascism, bribery and many more. I don’t mean all the good jobs in Nepal can be lured through these powers but well, some do. So, students especially graduates become victim of a lot of unnecessary brainwashing thoughts and queries.
I can never forget what Bollywood movie, “3 Idiots” tried to teach. Never chase success, chase excellence because if you get excellence, success will come running to you.
I try to believe it every day and be more knowledge oriented than freaking money lured. And I think so many things are out of control in lives of a student. But at least we can make us capable enough so hardly anybody can reject us for jobs or positions. And after reaching a position, let us not start or continue the nonsensical tradition of neglecting the capable hands for familiar hands. And most importantly, let us treat education as source of empowerment rather than source of employment.