It’s been a REALLY long time since I made a post here [3 months and 4 days to be exact], and what follows is a meek attempt at an explanation as to why there was such a long gap. As you all know, I study in MAIT, one of the premier engineering institutions in Delhi, which is under the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. In my last post, I talked about my experience of my first exams. Little did I know that after that, all I would do at my college was take exams. Yes my friends, for the past 3 months [actually two…October was almost completely made up of holidays] all I have done is study [not much though] for exams. All of November had either practicals or internal theory papers. Then, in the second week of December, I had my first End-Sem papers. These took place in another college [which was even more out of Delhi than MAIT], which was Guru Premsukh Memorial College of Engineering. From what I’ve been told, its building was actually a factory before they took it on rent to run a college. Besides this, the papers went as expected, that is, in an unexpected way [if this makes sense to you, then please explain it to me as a comment]. I just realized, I have completed 1/8th of my engineering life [that is, of course, if I don’t flunk any of my subjects, which has a probability of happening]…nice. Now only 3and a half years to go [hopefully].
Here I would also like to comment o the education adopted by my university. I know examinations are important, but the sheer volume in which they are taking place is overwhelming. It actually leads to a decline in the amount a student studies. The first 1-2 papers go fine but the subsequent ones arouse no compulsion to study. Everybody feels that ‘we just had exams…can’t study anymore right now’ and ‘to hell with these exams…they just keep happening..somehow I’ll scrape through…no need to study’. I personally believe that one internal and then finals would be much better than having papers almost every month in a six month semester. And the worst part is that no one actually studies, everyone does rote learning in all subjects, even maths. Yes, students memorize solved examples from a certain book, which come as they are in exams, without even a change in values. It is indeed shocking to learn that engineers, considered to have great minds in our country, obtain their degrees by memorizing questions in a subject as basic and important as maths. I hope this article reaches some person who could bring about a change in the education system. Till then, see ya!!