Saturday, February 25, 2006

Calling for a change

Sorry for being away for so long from the blogosphere. I had gone back to my home town to take a whiff of fresh air, a desperate change that I needed from everything that I am doing out here. Though saying a sorry does not mean that I am pledging to be regular as my exams are on my head... something which has been my cause of concern since I have taken up post-graduation in Mathematics. I am a part of a premiere university of the country...a place I had aspired to be at. Out of school, college was real fun in the initial years...everything seemed adventurous and mesmerising until I started questioning the prudence of things. I don't aim to play any blame game through this but would only like to share what I strongly feel about.

I had accepted the way things were placed to me during my graduation days in Mathematics. It is rightly said that "Ignorance is bliss" as I was ignorant and hence totally contended with the way things were happening around me. But life cannot be that merry always unless you pledge to remain ignorant throughout. As I took up my Master's in Mathematics I started moving out and meeting people, seeing things the way other veterans in my field were seeing it, reading more and more and not to forget keeping my ears and eyes open all the time (which were shut until I was enjoying everything).

I suddenly realised how badly things around me need to overhaul change in the system is the need of the hour. Everybody resists change. Nobody wants to make any efforts to change what has been happening since years...all are now used to it...they eat the same thing, they walk the same thing, they talk the same thing and they sleep the same thing. I wouldn't have minded so much had this 'they' included only my peer groups but unfortunately it includes teachers and the system administrators too.

Talking a bit of the changes I think are urgently needed.

a) Agreed that in graduation level the student is required to be aware of every aspect of the subject so the course should be more extensive than being in depth, but what is surprising is that even at the Master's level the students are asked to take up subjects they don't wish to pursue at all further. Unlike in the Western Universities where you can actually design your own course here we are asked to study the options which had been framed a decade or two ago keeping in mind the interests of the students of that time. Don't the changing scene around us make it mandatory to restructure the course and provide what is aspired by the students of the present decade?

b) The examination is aimed to test the memorising abilities of a student more than the problem solving abilities. For heaven's sake this is Mathematics...I fail to understand how can somebody put the same set of question papers year after year without any alteration whatsoever? Does it at all judge the thinking ability of the student who is already aware of the type of questions that will be posed in the examination? What do you think that a student coming out of such a system will contribute to the Mathematical fraternity? Does it not reflect the the unwillingness in the part of the question setter to actually invest a little bit of time and make the question paper a bit more problematic than just posing the same theorems year after year? May be you would like to argue that it is a university for the masses and not everybody can cope up with the pressures and challenges that such question papers threat to pose. Well I would counter argue by reasoning that at least try and adopt this in the internal examination so that students get to screw their brains somewhere or make the question paper a bit more flexible so as to accommodate both the category of students.

A student who has taken a Master's degree programme in Mathematics generally opts for either teaching and imparting what has been gained in these five years or takes up research to gain further knowledge. In both the scenes it is important to weapon the student with reasoning skills which is at least expected form a premiere university I am in.

Well to end it just like to say that when you start questioning things you definitely loose out a bit as you are unable to give in your hundred percent to it then, possibly that's the reason for my drop from a topper to a 70 per center, but I don't think I should to mind that, at least I dare to question what is wrong and not accept it the way it is served to me. Any takers??

Monday, February 06, 2006

The Interview with God

What does future has in store for us is a question we think about most of the time. We plan what we will do tomorrow, the day after and the day after. We keep planning for our future and set bench marks for ourselves. And then when things don't happen as per our plannig, we complain that we have faced failure. Indeed it is a failure when you cannot make things happen the way you want them to happen, but then there is nothing to be fretful in it. Rather it should serve as a lesson for the lacunas you must have left as a result of which things did not happen as per your whims and fancies. This is a very standard explanation which you will get when you go to any person elder to you and complain him about your constant failures.

But today I realised the way of looking at it. I felt as if I had a rendevous with God who explained me the other side of the coin. Things sometimes don't go our way as they are not destined to happen that way to us. We always tend to keep a very short-term perspective about the incidences that happen to us forgetting about the larger picture. And we always do what our mind suggests us to do after an ordeal of judging the pros and cons of the decision. But God knows it all. He knows what our heart wants and that we have been constantly fighting with ourselves to synchronise it with the wants of our mind. Often we succeed but then when we don't, we fail in the endeavours we make as per our mind, so that fearlessly we can then listen to our hearts!

The path when you listen to your heart is tougher. But what keeps you driving is the burning desire asociated with it. And then things you achieve after a lot of pain are immensely taken care of. So it becomes a smooth ride soon. And what you love if you do that you are able to give in your hundred percent and achieve greater heights of success.

My blog has become a channel of preaching, I guess. Just that I want my friends to know through my testimonials that Life is very sweet, only if we know how to live it.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Basant Panchmi

I hail from a place which is very culturally rich, West Bengal. Every small festival is enjoyed with full vigour and enthusiasm. Yesterday we celebrated Basant Panchmi by hailing the Goddess of Knowledge, Maa Saraswati. Way back in my home town on this day the highly spirited lasses celebrate the day by wearing a saree, irrespective of what age group they belong to. Even the six or seven year olds will wear small sized sarees especially meant for them and will show extreme precision in keeping the pallu properly. As a kid I used to wait for this day like anything.

Well was just missing the fun this year so thought of penning it down.