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3 Idiots and a billion fools!

The weekend was a good one, thanks to the 3 Idiots. It’s an entertaining movie and a good one to watch. But after watching the movie, I had one questions in my mind. What is the takeaway from this movie for the audience? I tried to answer this question to myself in all possible and positive angles. But nothing came to my mind.

Are they trying to ridicule and belittle the Indian Education system? Are they accusing the parents and teachers of career misguidance? Well, I am not sure.

To my knowledge, the Indian Education System is one of the strongest in the world. Right from the foundation till the specialization, Indian education has been one of the most competitive and comprehensive knowledge development systems ever known to man. At school, the students are trained not to be jack of all trades, but master of all trades. They are given a wide base foundation and a solid launchpad for their careers. After Secondary school education, the students has a clear idea of what he is capable of. He prunes his core competency at High school and prepares for the specialization degree. Not matter what the degree is, the syllabus is not framed to educate or train a person in that field. Its designed to train him to learn further.

We may have wondered why did the teachers made us study all those horrible theorems and postulates while I want to be an architect. Well, you have been trained to cope up with anything as complex as those theorems. Education is not dumping knowledge into a brain, but training a brain to gain more knowledge. This is best understood and demonstrated rudely, crudely and practically in the Great Indian Education system.

In my personal experience, I have observed that Indian students have the highest respect and recognition on the world stage. No matter how difficult the situation is or how complex the path is, Indian students are in a much better position to win, compared to rest of the world.

Coming to the guidance/misguidance of Parents and Teachers, I disagree with what has been portrayed by the movie makers and the book author of this movie 3 Idiots. Indian parents are the classic and ideal examples of parenting. Nowhere in the world, I have seen, heard or read about such levels for caring. Parents don’t impose their wishes on their children. They know the potential of the child and they are aware of the competitive world out there. Parents and Teachers try to find a match between these two. Parents are the cushions to absorb the risks in a child’s life. How can they make a wrong choice for their children? The child brain is infected by peer advice, satellite tv and the media. It’s so confused and it sometimes refuses the accept the truth and fails to  differentiate the choices. Here comes the parental brain to the rescue. The parental brain puts forward a set of right choices and guides the child’s on the right path. If this is called “Imposing”, well its time somebody change the dictionary meaning of “Imposing”.

While watching the movie, I was happy and enjoyed the hilarious moments and at the end I realized that the entire story is a wrapped in a thick layer of “Maya” that makes you believe that the society you live in is a villain of education. I agree to disagree with the entire concept of 3 Idiots because I am one among the billion fools as portrayed by the movie.

52 responses

  1. January 1, 1970 at 8:00 AM

  2. A write up like this one proves that our education system is best! our education system only has brought to this level. My children are idiots going to school. Our education makes us to watch movies for pure entertainment and not for message.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  3. sooper da. you wrote that..?! wov. I wish I could write something like this. I think, education system in our country sucks.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  4. You are 100% right. Its always sad to hear people go bashing our education system (or our country) and forget that it is the education that has brought them to the level they are.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  5. thx ppl.. u know what.. when I wanted to write this post. I thought how many people would agree with me and see things from my view point. Am glad atleast there are a few! ^_^

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  6. education that has brought them-what? after 16 years of education, don't you ever think it was a waste of time and energy.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  7. Giri,The answer to your question: What is the takeaway from this movie for the audience? For me, it was the "Pursue Excellence, Not Success!"I don't think they are really bashing our education system. Rancho tells ViruS " You know engineering better than me. I am just showing you how to teach". I think he means doing "User Centered Education" :)Neither are they saying that Indian parents stress out their kids. Raju and Farhan's parents are supportive, just that they have certain expectations, and the problem lies in parents not knowing how to express their expectations and/ or teaching their children how to handle their expectations.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  8. @Vijay I am not sure, but what could/would have you done in the 16 years if at all u didnt attend Indian Education..? How did Indian Education harm you to say its waste of time and energy..? Which Education System is best then..? Western..?

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  9. A write up like this one proves that our education system is best! our education system only has brought to this level. My children are idiots going to school. Our education makes us to watch movies for pure entertainment and not for message.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  10. sooper da. you wrote that..?! wov. I wish I could write something like this. I think, education system in our country sucks.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  11. You are 100% right. Its always sad to hear people go bashing our education system (or our country) and forget that it is the education that has brought them to the level they are.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  12. thx ppl.. u know what.. when I wanted to write this post. I thought how many people would agree with me and see things from my view point. Am glad atleast there are a few! ^_^

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  13. education that has brought them-what? after 16 years of education, don't you ever think it was a waste of time and energy.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  14. Giri,The answer to your question: What is the takeaway from this movie for the audience? For me, it was the "Pursue Excellence, Not Success!"I don't think they are really bashing our education system. Rancho tells ViruS " You know engineering better than me. I am just showing you how to teach". I think he means doing "User Centered Education" :)Neither are they saying that Indian parents stress out their kids. Raju and Farhan's parents are supportive, just that they have certain expectations, and the problem lies in parents not knowing how to express their expectations and/ or teaching their children how to handle their expectations.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  15. @Vijay I am not sure, but what could/would have you done in the 16 years if at all u didnt attend Indian Education..? How did Indian Education harm you to say its waste of time and energy..? Which Education System is best then..? Western..?

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

  16. “Right from the foundation till the specialization, Indian education has been one of the most competitive and comprehensive knowledge development systems ever known to man” – if this is said with sarcasm, I agree… but if it wasn't then its stretching the truth a bit loooonger!

    January 4, 2010 at 7:39 PM

  17. its not sarcasm mate… it the truth i have realized the hard way around… maybe now (its been 10 years i graduated out of the system) its more of a competitive business than competitive education… but the broad and strong foundation is unique to us… u have to be in the system and not outside to realize its potential…

    January 4, 2010 at 8:14 PM

  18. @vijay for over 20 years I was living right next doors to Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple and always wondered and praised the 7 wonders of the world based on just what i heard and read. Until one fine day somebody started a campaign to make the MMA temple a world wonder, I never realized that I lived right next something as great as that temple. @Malavika Pursue Excellence and not success… yes that is definetley a takeaway. But its not common for everyone. Not everyone (like Raju) can risk that. For many its a do or die situation. Engineering cannot be preached. Its a set of rules. It got to be understood and later applied elsewhere. It aint like MBA or Arts. It has to taught how its taught now. It has to be applied practically like how Rancho says. and definitely engineering is user centered science and teaching engineering cannot be user centered coz u can't modify it based on how the users understands it the best.correct me if i am wrong.

    January 5, 2010 at 6:07 AM

  19. @giri I didnt watch the movie yet. But one thing here, do you think our education is practical? can you show me some Indian authors in par with foreign authors?

    January 5, 2010 at 6:09 AM

  20. like i said makka, all types of education can't be practical. if you want practical education, there is vocational stream and there are polytechnic institutes. most education has to be theoretical and its left to you to find the practical and applicative forms of it. and your authors statement is ridiculous. foreign authors, movies, music, and everything else is marketted well and thats the reason for popularity. Like @Malavika says, you have to look out for the excellence and not for the successful. right?

    January 5, 2010 at 6:23 AM

  21. @vijay for over 20 years I was living right next doors to Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple and always wondered and praised the 7 wonders of the world based on just what i heard and read. Until one fine day somebody started a campaign to make the MMA temple a world wonder, I never realized that I lived right next something as great as that temple. @Malavika Pursue Excellence and not success… yes that is definetley a takeaway. But its not common for everyone. Not everyone (like Raju) can risk that. For many its a do or die situation. Engineering cannot be preached. Its a set of rules. It got to be understood and later applied elsewhere. It aint like MBA or Arts. It has to taught how its taught now. It has to be applied practically like how Rancho says. and definitely engineering is user centered science and teaching engineering cannot be user centered coz u can't modify it based on how the users understands it the best.correct me if i am wrong.

    January 5, 2010 at 7:07 AM

  22. @vijay for over 20 years I was living right next doors to Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple and always wondered and praised the 7 wonders of the world based on just what i heard and read. Until one fine day somebody started a campaign to make the MMA temple a world wonder, I never realized that I lived right next something as great as that temple. @Malavika Pursue Excellence and not success… yes that is definetley a takeaway. But its not common for everyone. Not everyone (like Raju) can risk that. For many its a do or die situation. Engineering cannot be preached. Its a set of rules. It got to be understood and later applied elsewhere. It aint like MBA or Arts. It has to taught how its taught now. It has to be applied practically like how Rancho says. and definitely engineering is user centered science and teaching engineering cannot be user centered coz u can't modify it based on how the users understands it the best.correct me if i am wrong.

    January 5, 2010 at 7:07 AM

  23. @giri I didnt watch the movie yet. But one thing here, do you think our education is practical? can you show me some Indian authors in par with foreign authors?

    January 5, 2010 at 7:09 AM

  24. @giri I didnt watch the movie yet. But one thing here, do you think our education is practical? can you show me some Indian authors in par with foreign authors?

    January 5, 2010 at 7:09 AM

  25. like i said makka, all types of education can't be practical. if you want practical education, there is vocational stream and there are polytechnic institutes. most education has to be theoretical and its left to you to find the practical and applicative forms of it. and your authors statement is ridiculous. foreign authors, movies, music, and everything else is marketted well and thats the reason for popularity. Like @Malavika says, you have to look out for the excellence and not for the successful. right?

    January 5, 2010 at 7:23 AM

  26. like i said makka, all types of education can't be practical. if you want practical education, there is vocational stream and there are polytechnic institutes. most education has to be theoretical and its left to you to find the practical and applicative forms of it. and your authors statement is ridiculous. foreign authors, movies, music, and everything else is marketted well and thats the reason for popularity. Like @Malavika says, you have to look out for the excellence and not for the successful. right?

    January 5, 2010 at 7:23 AM

  27. rite sir. i saw some engineers keep on calculating,calculating,,,,while the mestri comes simply comes,figures out the problem, give the directions for solutions(doesnt uses calculator most of the times..). When i saw the pallava, chola dynasty their inventions,, today engineers fail to create those architectures where their constructions collapses the next day they build :)

    January 5, 2010 at 8:07 AM

  28. rite sir. i saw some engineers keep on calculating,calculating,,,,while the mestri comes simply comes,figures out the problem, give the directions for solutions(doesnt uses calculator most of the times..). When i saw the pallava, chola dynasty their inventions,, today engineers fail to create those architectures where their constructions collapses the next day they build :)

    January 5, 2010 at 8:07 AM

  29. would you hire a maistri to build Burj Dubai? you need the engineers from India, China and Japan right? yet you dont need an engineer/architecht for a 2bhk independant house anyway! (bit off topic, i know) modern construction engineering is based on what we learnt from the ancient romans, pallavas and cholas…

    January 5, 2010 at 8:18 AM

  30. would you hire a maistri to build Burj Dubai? you need the engineers from India, China and Japan right? yet you dont need an engineer/architecht for a 2bhk independant house anyway! (bit off topic, i know) modern construction engineering is based on what we learnt from the ancient romans, pallavas and cholas…

    January 5, 2010 at 8:18 AM

  31. Read the twit abt. Sync. It was easy to post comment here through mobile.

    January 5, 2010 at 8:21 AM

  32. Read the twit abt. Sync. It was easy to post comment here through mobile.

    January 5, 2010 at 8:21 AM

  33. To all those who say Indian system is the best, YEAH RIGHT!!! (http://www.indiatime.com/2008/03/17/the-epidemic-of-student-suicides-in-india/)

    January 5, 2010 at 8:45 AM

  34. To all those who say Indian system is the best, YEAH RIGHT!!! (http://www.indiatime.com/2008/03/17/the-epidemic-of-student-suicides-in-india/)

    January 5, 2010 at 8:45 AM

  35. Yeah, Take western education and let students shoot each other.

    January 5, 2010 at 9:36 AM

  36. Yeah, Take western education and let students shoot each other.

    January 5, 2010 at 9:36 AM

  37. @balu yes, commenting in FB is much easier. @vijay also thinks the same and he asked me to check out a solution to integrate fb with my blog and guess what, I've done it. Now comments from FB will be ported to my blog. :D

    January 5, 2010 at 9:57 AM

  38. Dude, don't equate Western = US alone. There are a lot of places to look around the world.With thousands of innocent lives lost every year due to unfair pressure, arrogant teachers, ignorant parents and what not, people gotta be freaking out of mind when they claim the current Indian education system is the best.

    January 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM

  39. Dude, don't equate Western = US alone. There are a lot of places to look around the world.With thousands of innocent lives lost every year due to unfair pressure, arrogant teachers, ignorant parents and what not, people gotta be freaking out of mind when they claim the current Indian education system is the best.

    January 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM

  40. I dont have the expertise to comment on the western/US or european system of education. I dont want to talk about deaths and suicides. All I want to say is that we have an excellent system in place. It can lead you to excellence, success, suicide, murder or anything u want to. I just want to say that don't go about bashing the Indian Education system and the Indian Parental attitude, just because you read something in a book, blog or see something in the media. Exceptions and stray incidents can't be taken as examples to generalize.

    January 5, 2010 at 10:31 AM

  41. I dont have the expertise to comment on the western/US or european system of education. I dont want to talk about deaths and suicides. All I want to say is that we have an excellent system in place. It can lead you to excellence, success, suicide, murder or anything u want to. I just want to say that don't go about bashing the Indian Education system and the Indian Parental attitude, just because you read something in a book, blog or see something in the media. Exceptions and stray incidents can't be taken as examples to generalize.

    January 5, 2010 at 10:31 AM

  42. @balu yes, commenting in FB is much easier. @vijay also thinks the same and he asked me to check out a solution to integrate fb with my blog and guess what, I've done it. Now comments from FB will be ported to my blog. :D

    January 5, 2010 at 10:57 AM

  43. @balu yes, commenting in FB is much easier. @vijay also thinks the same and he asked me to check out a solution to integrate fb with my blog and guess what, I've done it. Now comments from FB will be ported to my blog. :D

    January 5, 2010 at 10:57 AM

  44. @Giri and @Balaje, I was talking only about acceptance of this as an excellent system. However crooked the system be, I do think it is the only hope for millions of families in India. However, that does not make it the best. For a start, it is pushing students to end their lives for the FEAR of failure (this is very common story in newspapers everyday). It does not imbibe the value that learning is a continual process. Exam fixation. ….Balaje and I had some heated discussions on the same topic over 4 years ago along the same line. :)I hesitated initially to jump into this debate because debate is a time consuming exercise with no body end up convincing the other. :)All I got to say is let us accept there are huge defects within and try to improve. This is not the best we can get. The ministry was trying to address something along the line when I was in India. Not sure what happened after. That is only for CBSE though. God save other boards.

    January 5, 2010 at 11:19 AM

  45. Please call it a system that can help you find jobs. Please don't call it the best. It is nowhere near.

    January 5, 2010 at 2:17 PM

  46. LOL.. Ramesh.. can you please quit your job and start-over to pursue an excellence of your choice? Can you pay the same salary and respect to an engineer and a mason? Can you decide not to send your kids to this "Much Hated System"?This system is like a kalpatharu. (A very effective one) It will give you what you want. You just have to ASK. [predominantly ppl have only asked for jobs and more salary]Its time we all stop being hypocrites and stop staring admiringly at the non-indian edu system.

    January 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM

  47. @Giri and @Balaje, I was talking only about acceptance of this as an excellent system. However crooked the system be, I do think it is the only hope for millions of families in India. However, that does not make it the best. For a start, it is pushing students to end their lives for the FEAR of failure (this is very common story in newspapers everyday). It does not imbibe the value that learning is a continual process. Exam fixation. ….Balaje and I had some heated discussions on the same topic over 4 years ago along the same line. :)I hesitated initially to jump into this debate because debate is a time consuming exercise with no body end up convincing the other. :)All I got to say is let us accept there are huge defects within and try to improve. This is not the best we can get. The ministry was trying to address something along the line when I was in India. Not sure what happened after. That is only for CBSE though. God save other boards.

    January 5, 2010 at 2:49 PM

  48. lets assume that I accept ur POV. now who has the best education system in the world? (The americans? Harvards? Oxfords? Nigerians? Aliens?)what are its characteristics? why is it the best? and no need for heated disc. cool and open is good too :)

    January 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM

  49. When we accept the faults, we will find our own solutions. There is no need to directly import what is best. Then it will be a right royal mess as our constitution. Something that works for them need not work for us. We need to develop something that suits us.One particular attempt at this was recently made by the HRD ministry when it said it will do away with 10th exams.

    January 5, 2010 at 3:30 PM

  50. > Can you decide not to send your kids to this "Much Hated System"?I am seriously considering home schooling.> This system is like a kalpatharu. It will give you what you want. You just have to ASK.I am happy as long as who decides what we Indians learn in class room are really think they are capable of what they are doing.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:45 AM

  51. hey giri..jz saw dis series n came 2 d part of 'user centered education'..herez my 2 pence… d question is nt if engg can be made user centrd…question is if the art of teaching can be user centered and i think irrespective of the subject, it definitely can be, rather should be. There are practical concerns but they need to be met. Ultimately, it is about learning and about minds that absorb things in very different ways. V hv newton sitting under an apple tree, einstein soakin in his bath tub…who learnt sme very valuable things. I agree with u that our system trains our brain to cope up with the complex.That is a very valuable skill u acquire, thanks to which many don't feel guilty about wasting 4 years at engg school. Indian education system was originally Gurukul, something along the lines of Montessori system which is thankfully growing in India. Our teaching system, predominantly Macaulay's, needs 2 b enhanced in way where it inspires,provokes,makes us think and experiment from a very young age…it should go beyond producing off-the-mill students..beyond scoring 100% in math.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:51 PM

  52. exactly aparna! I totally agree with you. My addition to yours is, that yes we have a wide angle education system which essentially cuts across wide areas but fails to touch lives. So why sit around and complain about it when we cannot do nothing abt it. Why not train our minds to acquire what ever is needed from the resource pool and evolve a self-learning attitude… (which many of us have done already…)

    January 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM

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