Bhaag ‘Baccha’ Bhaag …
While watching Farhan Akhtar running endlessly in the film ‘Bhaag Milkha
Bhaag’, I suddenly realized that our life too, is full of ‘RACES’. Don’t you
If not, then let me give you an insight..
Race-01) when an infant arrives, the very first race begins to give him / her
unique name. Our family and ‘always enthusiastic’ relatives create a
plethora of names, suggesting almost all the feasible names on this planet
in order to give just a single name.
Race-02) when a child is ready for an admission in school, race begins to
get him into the top most English medium school. Even the interview is
being conducted nowadays, where a 3 year old is asked some stupid
questions by the school authorities. And, the poor child was prepared by
his parents- like he is going to fight like one of the ‘300’ soldiers of an epic
Race-03) once he gets an admission, pressure started building upon him to
score 92-95 % ile in every standard. For fulfillment of their parents’ desires,
they are thrown into private coaching/ tuition classes. (There is another
race here for the parents to find the best classes for their child) I have seen
kids from nursery, senior KG going to tuition classes these days...
Seriously??? What the Hell... it was not at all a case in our times. But,
things are changing like Indian political statements nowadays.
Race-04) after surviving all these craziness, child finally reaches to Std.
– The Board Examination. And, the whole family turns into a pressure
cooker. “ No TV, No more Sports.. Beta 10th
Nikaal lo, fir Life padi hi
hai ye sab cheez karne ke liye... ”- It becomes a common dialogue in
almost every Indian family.
And, suppose if their parents want their child to be an IIT’ian- then here the
race is uglier beyond your imagination. When the child is hardly able to
understand what’s going on around him, he’s thrown into IIT coaching
centers. He has to manage his board examination, 11th
Std with that
preparation for ‘being an IIT’ian’ dream which is forced upon him.
Suddenly, A 24 hrs day starts seeming quite a short to him.
Finally, after 12th
he appears for IIT-JEE, the entrance examination. And
the Race-05 begins here. I have gathered some data to make you realize
that how bloody this race turns out to be every year.
• There are 16 Indian Institute of Technology in India. In all they
offer 9647 seats. Let’s make it a round figure-say 10,000 seats in
• Now, the number of students appearing for IIT-JEE entrance test is
close to 5 lakhs every year or even more, and the seats are only
• That means, in order to fulfill ‘Being an IIT’ian’ dream of their
parents, students will have to stand among the top 10,000. Which is
just around 2 % of total appeared candidates.
It’s very much clear that only those 2% people will get an IIT seat
every year. So, what happens to the rest 98 % students? Have you
ever thought like this? After preparing hard for 2-3 years, missing
every Sunday cricket matches- finally they’re nowhere. They have to
compromise in some private colleges / universities.
Now, suppose child is lucky enough to get an IIT seat. And luckily he
passed out with some avg or more than avg CGPA. Then his
parents’ dream will evolve further: “ BETA, tu to star he, you’re the
future of our family, relatives me naak rakh li he tune apni IIT
clear karke, ab IIM bhi karle… bada scope hai.. CAT to aise
nikaal lega tu…”
And, the Race-06 starts here…
Let’s have a look at some more data; this race is bloodiest among all.
• In India, there are 13 Indian Institute of Management (IIMs).
In all, they offer a mere 3202 seats. Now, you’re very well
known to my passion for converting numbers into round
Let’s do it here too. Let’s say we have 4000 seats.
• The only way to get into any of these ‘Mecca of MBA in India’
kinds of colleges; is to clear the notorious CAT (Common
Admission Test). Every year close to 2 lakhs (this number is
increasing at a rate of 3-4 % every year) students appear for
CAT. And, the number of seats is what- only 4000. This is
again nothing but a fraction of 2 % only.
• So, once again that ‘SCOPE’ is only for those top 2 % ile
students. Suppose a student scores 90 % ile in IIT-JEE or in
CAT, he will stand at nowhere. Because, they don’t have
enough seats. Scoring 90 % ile in any of these exams is not at
all an easy task. But, Because of not getting a seat in IIT, IIMs
thousands of Indian students (I would rather say- brilliant
brains) goes to foreign countries for further education every
year, which we known as a ‘Brain-Drain’.
According to one research, Indian parents are spending total of
7 billion dollars every year to make their child’s future bright
in foreign countries. This means, India is facing a clear 7 billion
dollar lose every year. Aren’t we responsible for this??
Our government can increase petrol / oil prices at their own
almost every fortnight. But, they can’t increase at least 100
seats in IITs or IIMs. Increasing a mere 100 seats will save 100
brilliant students’ future. But, our great Indian Democracy is not
at all interested in it. Government has so much land, and we
have a decent real-estate infrastructure too.
So, why they are not building any new IIT or IIM on
government lands with Public-Private partnerships??
The answer is: These Races have inherited in Indian
Education System in such a manner that all are busy finding a
‘Certified education’ for their children rather than going for a
In India you can find ‘Quest for Knowledge’ like words in only
political memorandums, but not in real.
It is worth to mention an epic scene from the movie- 3 Idiots
here: when Virus aka Boman Iraani gave a speech at an
orientation program. His dialogue was -‘Life is like a race,
bhaago warna koi tumhe kuchalkar aage chala jaayega…’
And, sadly it seems to be quite happening in India.
(PS: The Content of this article has everything to do with real life /
persons / incidents. The Author is one of those millions of children
of India, who has experienced all these races, and currently
struggling to win Race no- 06.)
- Kashyap Bankim Shah