Institutes must think that
they don't have to sell education and they have to give proper
education then result will very positive.
By Engr M.K. KELLA
June 24 - 30, 2002
In the wake of the computer wave, it has become a
craze, a fad for everyone to just join computer courses. Leave aside
graduates or post-graduates, even failures in XI and XII and school
dropouts rush for computer courses thinking there is "Big
Future" for them in Computers. Even parents are carried away and
shell out huge sums to satisfy this new found craze of their wards,
thinking it is a prestige issue that their "grown up"
boy/girl is very soon going to reap a big harvest in this "Gold
Rush" of computers.
Now the computer fever has reached to a high pitch
with more and more institutes vying with one another for a share of
the market. There is a virtual "WAR" against the
"Computer Crazy" from all directions.
The institutes - the big names or even smaller ones
struggle hard to attract you. To add insult to injury, the courses
have been extended from 1 year or 18 months to 2-3 years by cleverly
reducing the frequency of classes in most cases from daily to thrice a
week and from thrice a week to just twice or once a week.
It is just look like that they are selling
education on shop. Then, how one can decide to get proper education?
There are institutes and institutes, each one
trying to sell its own courses. It has been experienced by career
aspirants at computer institutes; the counselors will try to sell him
a computer course, irrespective of his aptitude. For example; if one
goes to a fashion institute, they would sell him a fashion course
whether or not the person has a creative mind to learn a subject such
Some institutes always try to sell their high fees
courses; even there may be no requirement of learner. Even some
institutes get admissions with their personal relationship, so they
don't worry about their training.
It was very difficult to select proper institute,
but now days it is very difficult to select proper course.
Now days some institutes owners & professional
are talking that IT is failed then how learners join this field. Even
some small as well as large institutes are going to close or they are
quitting their staff or reducing the salaries of staff, these things
again keep negative impact for IT Education.
Basically students feel uncertainty to take
admissions in those institutes.
Most of non-IT businessmen have started the
institutes, so obviously they think about their business. They want to
recover their money first. So results become bad quality of education.
Training centres just start variety of courses, and
they do not think about the needs of those courses in market or
industry. Basically there is a big gap between industry & training
In every IT related meeting, they always try to
discuss about drawbacks of teaching faculty or physical environment.
No one discuss about proper career counseling. Teaching faculties is
also very important but suppose student is not related to proper
course then what will teacher do.
One more bad experience for students is that, which
program they will select, if the institute offers same program from
two authentic departments of one platform with different outlines.
They become confuse. Result will be failure of program and then
student will suffer.
We have loose lot of time in just discussion that
what we have to do? Everyone comes forward and always discussion
problem. Even he/she knows the solutions but don't start it. Actually
nobody wants to use his/her shoulder and always blaming to others. Or
even some one tries to do better then we catch his/her legs.
One very bad experience is that every one try to
use personal friendship, even any institute is not capable to do some
courses in affiliation with responsible departments, but with their
personal links they do all those things and result a very bad impact
on those courses. So, how do learners satisfy with this infra
Every body uses IT with every course, like BIT, DIT,
ADIT, CIT, BCSIT, MIT, MCSIT, BBAIT, MBAIT etc. May be now they will
offer MBBS-IT, CA-IT, BDS-IT and with every course or everything, they
will attach IT. (Like IT-Chiken, IT-Vegetable, IT-Rice etc.) I am not
opposing IT field but I want to say there must proper use of IT. I am
also IT person.
I am giving one example, if there is difference
between BIT & BCSIT (Bachelor in Computer Science in IT, actually
computer is part of IT) then there must difference between DCS &
DIT, and DCS must be like DCSIT. Institutes have replaced DCS by DIT.
If anyone can announce BIT & BCSIT separately then they can
announce DIT & DCSIT separately.
Now days, success of institutes is called by number
of admissions in DIT. Again reason goes to owners of institutes,
because they were just taking admissions in DIT when it was started.
They did not look anything for others. One thing more there was no
check & control in admissions that is why they took every one in
DIT. Those students who were very fresh, they did not follow DIT, and
THIS IS WHAT we call "COMPUTER LOOT" and
this is what you should save yourself from! If your eyes are opened
and mind enlightened, the purpose of this article is served.
What is the objective of putting all these facts
before readers is a million dollar question??? Do we imply one should
not learn Computers? Secondly, are we against Computer institutes?
Well, the answer is, we do recommend learning
computers, but after correctly knowing or being guided as to what
extent and at what cost. Obviously when I am for Computer education,
how can I be against Computer institutes?
If all the institutes tell the interested students
about the various career options available and leave the decision of
selection to them and let them choose what is best suited for him. At
times we do give free Career Counseling to help them decide more
Institutes must think that they don't have to sell
education and they have to give proper education then result will very
Institutes must set proper & strict
prerequisite for every course.
Institutes must have a proper research &
Institutes must try to provide training with job or
Institutes must provide application oriented
training. At every stage they have to tell learners that this subject
is applicable in this field. So once they finished course, they must
be familiar that they have to apply themselves in proper fields.
Institutes must show the applications &
features of every course before anyone joining that course then he/she
take decision easily and get training with interest. Actually learners
must know that after completing course, where will be they stand?
Institutes must include communication skills &
personality development courses in Computer Education.
Institutes must update courseware time to time as
well as according to market needs.
Institutes must update skills of teaching &
other administrative staff.
Institutes must also update and maintain physical
Institutes must also announce some courses with the
interaction of industry.
Institutes must follow same infrastructure (Course
Outlines, Books, Fees, Physical Arrangement, etc.) if they run same
diploma or course from same platform.
Institutes must do assessment of training with
different methods (like Written Tests, Viva, Quizzes, Assignments,
Presentations, Group Discussion and Online Practical Work).
If institutes want to survive then first they must
think about the future of students.
Instead of talking & conducting meetings only,
now institutes must start working properly and showing some thing to
If anyone really wants to do something for learners
then he/she must start it.
Rules & regulations must be followed very
We must be strict to give affiliation. We don't
have to use personal friendship every where. We can suggest those
friends to improve their infra structure.
Institutes must organize seminars for career
counseling for various courses, but remember they just give features
& output of courses. They must not think that they are doing
marketing to get admissions. Let learners decide where they have to go
for admissions. Learners must get proper information about courses
& their future.
If non-IT businessmen want to open institutes then
they must give institutes in hands of technical personnel and first
think about to give proper education.
It is popular saying that if someone loves to
anyone then he/she gives lot of time to that thing or person. It means
institutes owners & their all staff must love the education &
training then they can easily give lot of time to it.
I don't want to blame on anyone, but what ever is
happening in IT field, I have given some facts. Actually, as an IT
person, when I am looking our IT fellows are upset or those who want
to join this filed but they don't have proper guidelines and they also
confused, then I thought one should start something for it. It is
saying that something is better than nothing. Firstly I started to
conduct seminars/workshops and then writing articles. I also know that
one can not do everything but by the grace of Allah and all computer
lovers, I will continue it.
I will be glad to receive
any query related to this article.
Engr. M. K. Kella firstname.lastname@example.org