I’m usually annoyed by engineering students who seek free lunches in the form of ready – made reports and PPTs. However, I’d not blame the students only. They’re just part of a bigger mess called ‘Education System’. The so called ‘professors’ and ‘lecturers’ in Indian Engineering Colleges are totally clueless about the latest technologies. That’s why one should not be surprised to hear, “No one uses PHP these days. So JAVA SHOULD BE the choice of programming language for our project”. The project guides would obviously avoid anything ‘new’ presented to them to hide their ignorance. I began wondering what if ‘Twitter’ were a final year project by a group of Indian engineering students. Following conversation would take place between the guide and the students.
[The time frame of this conversation is set to pre-Twitter era]
Students: Sir, we’ve come up with a new idea and we all are excited about it!
Guide: What is it?
Students: Sir, we want to develop an online portal which will let people share their status with others in less than 140 characters.
Guide: Hmm. What’s the big deal?
Students: Sir…we don’t know yet, but we think it would be a cool thing to use.
Guide: Tell me how will the front end look like?
Students: It’ll just have a small input box and a place where friends’ status messages display.
Guide: That’s really silly. What else?
Students: Users will be able to send direct messages to their friends or people they follow.
Guide: What language will you use?
Students: PHP, MySQL…
Guide: So rubbish. Why don’t you try something more difficult instead? Go for Library Management System.
Students: .. #@%$$$%
What do you think?