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Fate of higher education and engineering graduates in Manipur
IFP Bureau | First Published: January 20, 2020 10:41:28 am
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-By Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh

It’s generally said that education up to Higher Secondary level in Manipur is to some extend considerable though majority of our students are not up to national standards (Qualifying in IITs and getting within 1000 ranks in NEET by our students is rarely heard). In fact, bringing our students at least up to this level (in higher Secondary) is also the tooth and nail efforts of parents at private coaching centers as well as due to private tuition, at the same time by the private schools. Yes, in terms of scoring good marks in HSLC as well as in HSSLC examinations seems to have improved but there is still a big question mark i.e. is scoring good marks in these examination conformable with the quality that we expect? Hopefully quality may improve in the time to come soon.

Dreams of young minds remain a nightmare

After 10+2 some students have chosen career of their choice like Medical, Engineering, Agriculture, Nursing etc. But this is few out of many who passed 10+2. Majority of the students who did not opt these careers have to go for further studies in what we call general line i.e. BA, BSc, etc. These are the people who become teachers in schools, professors in colleges and universities as well as administrators of our state. But the Higher Education system in our state is in a very bad and deplorable condition, (if I am not mistaken).

Teacher-students relation seems to be stressed, coordination among teachers are not conducive and in many Institutions authoritarian act by the head of the Institution /staff close to politicians are seen. It is a fact that except some colleges in Greater Imphal and elsewhere, classes in majorities of colleges in Manipur are not conducted regularly and smoothly. If this is the situation, what will be the fate of our future generation? The dream that our youths will be simply a “NIGHTMARE”.

If the classes in the colleges continue in this manner, how can our youths be fit for any type of competitive examinations conducted (like UPSC, SSC, Banking, and Railways etc). which is the need of the hour for employment generation of our youths) in all India level? The general public knows what goes on in most of the colleges during exam time. At the same time recent buzz about the exclusion of Manipur University in the ranking among the Indian universities further escalate the apprehensions the fate of higher education in Manipur.

Attention of all concerns is also high time to monitor the infrastructure, the quality and system of imparting technical education in all the technical institutions of Manipur. My humble appeal to the students organisations of Manipur is that kindly look into the education system in colleges and technical institutions right from regular conduction of classes, attendance of the students, smooth conduct of examination without unfair means as they do in HSLC and HSSLC examinations so that the quality of our youths may be in a better position for a better future.

What is the fate of many engineering graduates in Manipur?

In this age of hi-tech and era of IT’s, what is the fate of many engineering graduates in Manipur? Number of engineering graduates (even M.Tech/M.E) in Manipur is increasing in the last decades and continuing the same trend still today. In fact this is the sign of development in the field of Science and Technology in Manipur. But no development in this sector is visible yet. The question is why? Many brilliant young and dynamic engineering graduates who are desirous of doing something for this land are living in frustration with no hope and no future.

Tireless efforts of parents to make them engineering graduates with huge investment have become like a business of acute loss. All of us know that parents run here and there from dawn to dusk taking their wards for private tuition and coaching in the hope that their children will do well in examination and score good marks to be eligible for undergoing engineering course. Yes, children also tried all their best and did well in the examination and fulfilled the dreams of their parents. They underwent the said course, put the efforts at their wits end.

Flagship schemes in paper only

In fact, Engineering studies is not a joke as compare to other course of studies  (I experienced as I was an  Engineering  student), it  doesn’t  mean  other  courses  are  not  tough.  After graduation, what where and how is the question they themselves and their parents asked? But no answer yet in Manipur. One reason I suppose, could be no factory, no industries, no institutions, no organisations nothing for them to work and to show their expertise. The flagship schemes like skill development, make in India, start up under PMKVY seems to be tiger on the paper as opined by many and generally said that these schemes are like ‘operation success but patient dies’ as suggested by many.

Answer from authority will be – Manipur is a land lock area, so heavy industries are not possible. If this trend continue, isn’t it appropriate to coin Manipur as the dumping ground of excellent engineering graduates and post-graduates as waste products? Just to survive many such people are working in private schools deviating their line of study in different directions. This, in fact, is not the sign for development in our land.

Free the youth from the Nightmare

Government should choke out the plans and strategy to harness the endless potential of our youths for a better and highly developed as well as advance among other states of India.

Simply shouting in the public platform and theoretical analysis and discussion in the media will not help to transform into action and reality. It’s high time for the government to take up serious and sincere action before it is too late as today is the beginning of 20 year of 21st century.

It is said that “NO ATOM BOMB” is required to destroy a society, simply failure in education is enough to destroy a society. Let’s wake up now to free our youths from the “NIGHTMARE” in higher education in Manipur and formulate possible way to fit our high quality technical youths.

(The writer is a faculty at NIELIT, Akampat, Imphal)

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