It is unfortunate that fools mistake their luck for skill; their vanity somehow blinds them from recognizing reality.
A black box, with its obscure black magic, publishes numbers which seem to make less and less sense every passing year. While many people have many wise things to say about it on facebook almost all completely miss the point. So when SRCC proclaims its admission criteria to be one hundred percent to the world, all i wonder is why isn’t the senselessness of this system apparent to the people part of it?
Let me begin by expressing my ode to my alma mater: the Shri Ram College of Commerce. With deep gratitude I can proclaim in all my kindness that India’s best commerce institute does not even come close to an average institution internationally. As for the brilliant minds that grace this college with their presence, the quest at its best is for the unattainable investment banking career for which moral fibers are more than strained, accomplishments are conjured out of thin air or better still: every action is directed in a cold, calculated pursuit of how it would look on a resume.
My resentment directed solely at my old college though is not completely justified. It is after all part of a glorious system and though I can describe this system in intricate detail, I limit my affection to the foundation of this structure. Our educational Institutes excel at rewarding conformity, the submission of any form of productive thought to the rote of a percentage. Five exams seal a destiny and this destiny has more to do with absolute blind luck than the effort, intelligence or brilliance that individuals rewarded by it suddenly see in themselves. I am so sure of my claims because contrary to what you might expect I have been rewarded in my compliance and pursuit for marks in every possible way.
The very first step towards change is in the identification of a flaw. And though I am not naive enough to expect overnight change, there is something terribly wrong in our formal pursuit for knowledge.