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Startups & Entrepreneurship – Do Engineering Students Care?

By on Sep 8, 2012 | 2 comments

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An engineering college has invited me to talk to engineering students about ‘startups’. I denied right away. Because I know how curious engineering students are about starting a venture, working for a startup and becoming an entrepreneur. Yet, the professors insisted that I ‘talk’ to students about ‘entrepreneurship’. I know it’s going to be complete waste of their time and my time as well.

Engineering in India has become a joke. No one; neither the students nor the lecturers & professors are interested in engineering. Parents enroll their kids in engineering so that they eventually get selected in a big name IT company and that’s the end of ‘achievements’ in life. Who’s going waste their time ‘creating’ something?

Yet, there’s a new ‘fad’. There are still a few optimistic people out there who think students should learn about entrepreneurship. I sometimes believe that these ‘optimists’ are actually just making sure that they have something to show ‘related to entrepreneurship’ ┬áduring their annual performance review. It’s a joke. Yet, I’m going to speak about it, because they ‘postponed’ the event ┬áso that I could be the ‘chief guest’. Meh?

I say – don’t even bother about becoming a part of startup, become an entrepreneur. Get a job for yourself, go to office 9-5, try pleasing your bosses, get respect in society, spend your life happily paying EMIs to banks and die peacefully.

Why bother taking paths less traveled?



2 Comments

  1. Deepak Bansal

    November 10, 2012

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    Because students today don’t read to become Engineers, but IITians. Because parents don’t want their kid to become an specialized in his/her field of interest but another b.tech degree holder.
    The don’t wish to take risks basically, that’s a mental block, blocking innovations.

    • Shouvik Mukherjee

      November 11, 2012

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      Agreed. Sadly enough, it’s pretty much the same for all the colleges and universities across the country. In fact, even the faculty members show immense ignorance even if a student projects to the desire to DO something. Sometimes, compel them to shut it down, putting ‘internal’ academic scores in stake.

      But I think the Kerala Govt. has a model where if a student attempts any entrepreneurial venture, he is given 10% of attendance and 4% of grace marks.

      This might be a small step towards some small encouragement for student start-ups in India.

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