As you live life forward; many many TRAPS will attract YOU. Some people fall into them out of excitement & then spend a lifetime in recovering. One such massive trap is often laid on your road to ‘selecting the right college’ for yourself. There will be crooks and ignoramuses everywhere. Be cautious! As a Motivational Speaker in India; I am tempted to warn you about this rampant racket that has become a big suction point for the youth of today.

Lala jee’s who ran successful sweet shops or transport businesses or something like that in 1980’s or 1990’s thought a decade or more back that they could sell education too. Hence emerged a forest (May I say ‘weeds’) of B Grade & C Grade colleges in the outskirts of almost every city & town in India. Almost each of them claiming to ‘Transforming the lives of Indians & shaping their careers etc etc ‘ -very cute cute punch lines.

Do not you notice in the months of April – July (admission time) huge hoardings, prime time TV advt slots, newspaper full page advts, FB sponsored posts, e-mailers of such ‘Pls Pls Pls join me’ desperate advertisements everywhere. Some so bold enough to even imply that the ‘world is already there with them’ & you will be a moron; should you go anywhere else.

Stories! Stories! & more such stories reach the gullible & the needy minds of the lakhs of students who end up consuming such stories & then paying lakhs into the bank account of an unknown Laala but with a well known waist size.

Now what’s the problem with that, one may ask!

Privatization is not bad. It did wonders in the field of Insurance, Banking, Medicine & more. But you need to be careful while selecting the right college because 90% focus of such universities /colleges is on admissions & not on imparting quality to students. One requires a different kindaa double helix in one’s genes for this.

Hardly 5% private universities / colleges have that different DNA & they are doing very well. And they are bound to become better & better with time. All this makes up the case for the bust of the remaining B-Grade educational institutes in India in the coming some time.

Practically 1/3rd of the mushroomed B-Grade & C-Grade colleges closed down in the last 5 to 7 years. The stock prices of most of the listed Educational Companies hit so low that some of the most premium brands were / are available for sale for a few crores only.

When you are on the road to picking a college for yourself, if you going just by their name then please take note of this – just starting an IIT & an IIM in every state will not be a great solution for India; if not carried through well. Some data: – None of the eight new IITs sanctioned in the XIth Five Year Plan (2007-2012) have yet managed to get a permanent campus.

Majority B Grade colleges do a desperate and an exaggerated foreplay of exciting a few HR recruiters of well known companies. At times, it is a buyout even. Then such stories of campus recruitment become the main display item at the counseling tables and do not we see such paid news in newspapers almost daily.

The youth today is connected. It knows ‘what is what’. It is great to see the world becoming more and more logical. Anything which is only fanciful, an inflated dream, or a lesser logical concept has no other option but either to correct itself fully or to go the obsolescence way.

The big market in India

But then this trickling of sensibility will take time in India. There are enough takers here for chutiyaapa. Reason: our big bang population. There is a big big market for non sense in India. A Nirmal baba swindles crores in the name of faith & Asaram rapes the faith of his followers. A pony tailed guy in Delhi asking students to ‘Dare to think beyond IIMs’ & the funny part is that there are thousands of takers for such people.

Someone is always trying to tell you a story and is emotionally trying to fit his story to match with your world view. Majority junta gets CONSUMED with the stories of such clever marketers.

Everything around looks so hyped, so exciting & so dramatic that at times I really get scared thinking ‘What the withdrawal symptoms of all this will be’ if a person fails to catch up fully with all that is happening around. Depression! Simple as that.

Be Difficult

e.g. almost everyone around seems to be in a relationship. Today! take a decision – ‘I will NOT get impressed from Anything / Anyone so very easily’. Be it ANYONE in my career, my religion, my relationships, my finances or ANY damn thing which is RELATED to me. Be Emotionally MORE competent & render these businessmen blunt!

Besides, if you are not thorough, you might fall into the trap of these FAKE UNIVERSITIES (list declared by UGC). This year alone, UGC and AICTE have released of 23 universities and 279 technical institutes that are fake! Read the news article. 

Character is not in following others, but in finding your very own unique path and then fearlessly following it e.g. in a shopping mall you see so many things displayed. You want only one or two out of the hazaar that get displayed there. Yes! You do window shopping but at the end of it you just focus on what you came there to buy. In the same way; when the marketers bombard you with their information & appealing stories; you need to stay extremely vigilante and use your damn brain to decide if that thing is on the road to the kind of life which you want to create for yourself.

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YOUR ‘baby steps’; but in the direction of YOUR goals are much better THAN YOUR leaps , somersaults & jumps which are NOT in the direction of YOUR Goals.

Majority junta does not follow its dreams because they want to avoid that feeling of uncertainty. It is perfectly fair then that they receive average results & mediocrity when they input average decision making & then average efforts into their lives. Do not be shameless to expect an awesome life with good things happening to YOU; while YOU hardly input YOUR best! Just a reminder: – You are NOT the Jamai (Son-in-law) of life!

Here’s a more generic approach to selecting the right college / university, in case you are beginning the process and feel stuck somewhere!

I am so glad I listened to my inner voice some 15 years back & did not fall into the very secure traps. What is stopping you? Be a victor; not a victim of Life! Develop a backbone. Not a mere wishbone. ‘Be a Chess player & not a Chess piece’.

See it is simple: – If YOU wish to have something which YOU have never had; then YOU gotta do something which YOU have never done!

You might find answers to a lot of your Questions about Careers, admissions etc at ‘Smartly choose a Career’ & ‘Six pack ideas for a SIXy career’

GET OUT there and DO something..

One Life! Rise & Shine…

Akash Gautam

About Author

Akash Gautam is a Motivational Speaker & Corporate Trainer in India. Hundreds of Top Corporates like Google, CIPLA, Vodafone, McKinsey & Co., Maruti, HDFC, RIL, M&M & premier colleges like IIMs, IITs, SRCC etc go to him whenever they need a refreshing, big bang impact. Write to usWrite to us to know how he can transform your Team.

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