I see so many college boys and girls dressed in the latest fashionable clothes from my balcony, where I stand showing my son all the vehicles, people and dogs. These college-goers talk pretty loudly amongst themselves as well as over the mobile. I heard some of them telling the other day that they hated attending classes and wanted to just roam around the campus and enjoy their ‘student’ life. Some others felt they had chosen a very ‘easy’ course and had to study ‘easy’ subjects compared to others.That was when the idea flashed in me to write this post.
After completing the slavery of strict schooling, the student eagerly enters college, literally aimless. Keeping aside the bright children, who manage to make their way to various prestigious institutions, the mediocre student reaches a local college to find it more a concrete structure than an educational institution. When he enters the campus he faces an alien atmosphere with unapproachable teachers in contrast to their friendly classmates and coveted and highly mannered teachers in school.
Every course however much easy it may be does demand concentration on its part. For example, the literature course is more often taken as a last resort when no other course could be secured. But the student need not be let down. The literature course can be as demanding as any other professional course. But, unfortunately in today’s educational system there is a tendency to just pass out of the course instead of understanding what has actually been done throughout the course period.
The part played by the lecturers in college is passive. Students belonging to courses which needs more working out and understanding flock the private tutors who are lecturers of colleges where they fail or forget to teach properly. The exorbitant fees given here does help the student to secure more marks, a fact which even Universities cannot object to. But by the time a student who cannot afford this enters the final year of his course, he completely gives up any hope of getting any help from his teachers. An important point is that the condition is not the same in all colleges. The condition of Government colleges are worse where neither the student nor the teacher attend classes. Falling standards of behaviour and educational acumen on the part of students from these colleges sends a warning to the society. But one thing is for sure, where the student wants to really learn, he does learn by all means, and where the teacher wants to really teach he does teach with all his means.
Cultural meets conducted by colleges to develop the student’s extra-curricular potential have more often turned into nursing places for inter-college rivalries. On date a meet can be defined as a day filled with aping of film songs, dances and dialogues. But some colleges do organise commendable functions with rich literary stuff.
Coming back to the educational side, exams conducted are attended by the student after he has made sure properly concealed bits of answers and guides hidden in safe places, an act which he considers as a mastered art than as a shameful mistake. Exams are not taken as a mastering place of course study.
Something has really gone wrong which needs repair. It is the combined responsibility of teachers, students and parents to settle down for a more serious attitude towards under-graduation. This does not recommend a complete banning of fun aspect from the student’s daily. After all a college-goer is himself a bundle of fun and frolic. The student can have his quota of fun but it should be secondary and not the only thing to be done. Put on a proper footing, today’s student is set only for the skies and it is his only limit.