Becoming Doctors and Engineers: The Ceaseless Stress, No doubt that doctors and engineers are some of the highest-regarded professions in the world. One is designated to deal with the sensitive job of saving lives. While the other is responsible for bringing forth the best technology to the world.
But ever thought that why India & Pakistan are two of the very few countries where the competition of becoming doctors and engineers has sky-rocketed to this length. Now that even the A graders fail to secure the seat in the respective fields. According to the latest reports, the merit in Pakistan for public sector medical colleges closed at a whopping 91.8% last year. Despite that, 2020 proved to be a fatal or year of downfall for even the most prestigious institutions globally. Still, the situation seemingly wasn’t too rigid to joggle the ever-lasting roots of this competition. And a similar report can be presented when it comes to the engineering field. The conditions of IITs in India are well-enough to visualize this situation.
This scenario suggests a healthy competition, but is it what it seems to be? Or is it a social norm and plague for youth disguised as a”golden future?”
I have personally observed this scenario. I am a true eye-witness of this arising oppression in the South Asian countries. Here the preferred fields are army, medical, and engineering. In contrast, the importance of others is dismantled. The typical reason behind this synopsis is family pressure. Which ultimately puts the students under a dilemma, resulting in a psychological strain. This strain not only distracts them from their real interest but can lead them to failures as well. And failures bring nothing but tragic results like suicides. Some of them include depression and mental illness resulting in suicides.
The Meaning of “Family Pressure”
In South Asian countries, the term “family pressure” is often used and found. Typically, Asian families see medical and engineering as a few of the reputable professions. The professions which can promise a secure future and respect in the town. Become a doctor or engineer. Then marry the one. Have kids. Make them a doctor or an engineer as well. It is not just a career choice but a tradition. And if to be more precise, the matter of honor. Amir Khan’s “3 IDIOTS” portrayed a similar situation but in a far funnier and entertaining way. The students are raised to carry the hopes of the family from the very start. In such effort, many have lost their childhood. While some had to pay the price of life.
The BattleGround For Becoming Future Doctors and Engineers
Family pressure is only one of the factors, not all. Next comes the battleground of medical and engineering. Yes, the battleground is the word for it. I cannot call it a competition. It would be an insult to the efforts of students. Every year hundreds of thousands to millions of students compete for a few thousand seats. On average, 15 students compete every year in Pakistan for one medical seat. And 33 in India for one engineering seat. You can either blame it on the governments for making a few colleges and universities in the respective fields. Or see the real picture of the situation. The real side confirms that more than 50% of the students in both countries compete for only medical and engineering fields. This overwhelming competition is not only responsible for pressurizing the students in Matric and Intermediate. In fact, students are prepared from the primary classes to undergo this competition. Sports, extra curricular activities and arts are neglected