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’ during their annual performance review. It’s a joke. Yet, I’m going to speak about it, because they ‘postponed’ the event so 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?