LOSING MONEY for seat
One interesting thing that comes to notice from this news is that the cheaters were able to convince parents to give them such a big amount of money. Though, there is a provision for getting medical seats through the direct admission route, aspirants need to be careful about how to go about for it. NEVER give money to a random person who assures a medical seat. You may need a renowned educational consultancy to assist you in your dealings with a college and make you aware of all the legality involved. If someone promises something which is too good to be true, most likely it is.
too good to be true
This is a classic case where students and parents were cheated by being lured for a very cheap rate. Here, the cheaters offered an MBBS seat for Rs. 2.5 lakhs. A college normally charges much more more for seats under management quota. Times of India estimates that any Bangalore college charges at least Rs. 60 lakhs or more for a MBBS seat through direct admission. The difference of amount itself is staggering and any discrepancy should ideally warn the admission takers. What a college can charge or are allowed to charge is something that the government should look into.
non-transparent admission process
One of the biggest problem in getting admission is the non-transparent process. The above news shows how a college flouts all the rules just to maximize income by selling seats through the management quota. And, the rates charged by the colleges are very high. And, if a student gets admitted in one of the seats that was arranged bypassing the rules, he/she runs the chance of losing the seat if the government cancels the seat to correct a misdeed. So, the student loses the seat and the money.
For MBBS admissions, the scamsters are polished and educated. They can claim high connections and also involved high-position people in the government, including ministers. Whoever you talk to, make sure, you have their pictures and verify their identities. If you try to use unscrupulous ways, the chances of your cheating increases proportionately.
how to get admitted without getting cheated
Route 1 - Try to get a MBBS seat through the entrance examination such as COMEDK. It is highly competitive but if you do get it, nothing like it. It's totally legal, the costs are much less and no headaches.
Route 2 - In case of not getting a seat through entrance examination, direct admission comes as a boon for a student, who really wants to become a doctor. As, you have read above that there are high chances of getting cheated, follow the following steps:
1> Make sure you have the proper budget. MBBS seats are expensive. Though, there is no accurate data from medical colleges about how much they charge for a MBBS seat, various newspapers have pegged the amount to more than Rs. 60 lakhs. Banks may not give education loans for more than Rs. 10 lakhs, so you have to arrange your own funds.
2> Select colleges you want to get into. Look for academic records, hospital facility and qualification of teachers. Recruit a reputed educational consultancy such as bangaloreadmission.com to help you in finding all the information, including MCI reports on colleges.
3> Make an agreement with the educational consultancy about their service charge. Check their reputation. If a consultant is reputable, one online search on Google should be able to reveal his/her picture.
4> Never pay any money to any individual. Insist to pay all fees to the college directly. Be aware of all hidden charges and insist on bills where possible.
5> College fix their own rates/fees. If any individual is discussing about fees and lowering/hiking rates and offer you rates which may even be lower than the cost of education incurred by a student who got the seat through examination, you are most likely dealing with a cheater.
Education and employment should go hand in hand is what we’re led to believe. However, a recent survey has revealed some shocking figures that knock down this assumption. The survey states that over 60% of total graduates in India remain unemployed. Although a significant proportion of apprentices find employment, close to two-thirds are not employed in the trade for which they were trained.
The main reason cited is the mismatch between skills attained and those actually in demand in the job market. “There is obviously a lack of connect between what is being taught in classrooms and what is required on the job,” says Jayashree Chaudhry, head of HR in a public relation firm. “Therefore, most companies have training or orientation programmes for new recruits so that one can learn and re-learn what the job profile requires them to do.”
Rajan Welukar, vice-chancellor of the University of Mumbai agrees that there is a need for better integration of employability skills in curricula. “Like the University of Mumbai, this need is today felt by varsities countrywide and corrective steps are being taken. We will need to accelerate them and make them more aggressive to address the galloping needs of employers,” he toldDNA, adding,
“Pursuing a discipline purely for the sake of it is a thing of the past. Today even if you’re a scientist, you should be able to perform your duties in the lab and also be able to deal with people.”
With more professional courses being introduced, many feel that they are a better option when it comes to specific careers. “People with professional course degrees do have an edge over those with regular degrees. For instance, someone who has done a course in PR will be able to understand the job requirements better then someone who hasn’t,” explains Chaudhary.
However, there are a few who believe that one can utilise any education in any field, if required. “On the job training is important, but one shouldn’t disregard what he or she learnt in school or college. Education will always help one understand one’s job better. Most people have a misconception that the two cannot the bridged which is not true,” says Pranav Gandhi, CEO, Youngbuzz.
Ultimately, in order for the gap between employability and education to be bridged, both students and companies feel there is a lot that remains to be done.
Are vocational courses better?
It goes beyond mugging up answers
After completing graduation, I felt I still wasn’t ready to join the workforce, so I opted for a vocational course. What I had studied in class didn’t help me much on field. Theories just act as a foundation, but not much of it is of use at the workplace. Education has given me the foundation but I personally feel that job training has been of more help as it gives hands-on experience of day-to-day issues.
It gave me an edge over others
I was left stranded once I finished my education, as I had the urge to learn more. But I had to grab an opportunity that could give me good experience and a potential to grow further. So I took up an account executive post and opted for a vocational course. I learnt a lot about accounting and finance, allowing me to be two steps ahead of others who applied for the same post at various locations.
Does real education start on the job?
Degree as important as job training
I am working in an allied field of the subject I studied in college. I was fully confident about undertaking my job after completing my education. Education doesn’t just help one get a job, it helps broaden the mindset of a person. It is absolutely not necessary for a person to use his/her education in everyday practice. I would have stood blank in my job training if I had no background in my subject.
Garima Sahney, IP consultant
Learnt more during my internship
Practical knowledge finds no place in our education. I completed my PGDBA in mass communication and acquired more knowledge during the internship which was part of our course. For me, the job training has proved more useful that what I studied. To move up the ladder, one has to use his/her wits and intelligence, not education.
Neha Gupta, senior consultant
Education comes in handy in a job profile
I have done BCom but now work in the customer service field for a real estate company. After I completed my graduation, I wasn’t sure if I was ready to work. But when I got through an interview on my first try, I got the confidence. At times, while dealing with clients, I can relate my studies to the problem in hand and it does help me serve my clients more efficiently.
Sidharth Mishra, manager
Curricula need to be continuously updated
Since our education system focuses more on degrees rather than relevant skills, companies struggle to find desired workforce with the right skill sets, and spend considerable money training resources on job-based skills. So while unemployment is considered a serious issue, employability is by far the biggest challenge in our country. Classroom knowledge needs to be supplemented with industry knowledge for the synergy to be right.
There has to be a collaboration. For instance, soft skills like effective communication need to be taught to students since these are of utmost important at a workplace. There are several instances across universities wherein the curriculum has not been updated for over a decade. School and colleges
curricula needs to be relevant.
Ashish Prasad, director and CEO, Indian Institute of Job-oriented Training (IIJT)
Govt and private companies can help bridge the gap
Since academic performance is no real measure of adeptness in a real-time job environment, there is a huge possibility of mismatched expectations on both sides. The government has been working through the skill development council chaired by the Prime Minister, which is taking initiatives in this direction.
Private companies too are rising up to address this challenge. Scalable public private partnerships (PPP) can go a long way in increasing employability among Indian youth. Focus should be on output linkage to job generation and employability. There is a need to set up quality review councils to seek industry feedback and upgrade curricula. I believe education should give preliminary hands-on experience to students of the kind of work their
profession would entail.
Ashok Reddy, MD and co-founder, TeamLease Services