Another Good Thing I Learned in US - Never Too Late to Study
While doing Masters in Arizona State University I had a class mate who was over 55 years old, retired from US military. Long ago he did his under graduation in Aerospace Engineering. He was living his retired life with his wife in Phoenix and one day he happened to visit the water treatment plant to see how the processes work. He got impressed by that and came back and joined for MS in Environmental Engineering. He was an excellent student and passed out with a GPA of 4.0. Now he is working as a water treatment consultant enjoying his job.
Would this have been possible in India? Now consider this – My father is 62 years old, retired as a Professor from Kerala Agricultural University two years back. He has a PhD in Agriculture and was working for over 35 years. Just imagine the reaction of the people around him if he decides to go back to college and take another degree in some area he really likes. I am sure people will go paranoid back in India about the very thought of a sixty year old going back to college to study. If that happens he may even end up giving interviews to the umpteen TV channels in Kerala. It is such a rare thing that someone above forty studies in India. Studying in India is considered something for the young people.
Back in India, the general perception is that you are supposed to study only till a certain age and if you study after a certain age majority of the people think that there is something wrong with that person. I completed my PhD at the age of 31 and when I talk to people in India and few of the Indians here during my PhD I have heard so many times “You are still studying at this age?” Also how many times we have heard someone in India telling “I am too old to study”.
Yes I fully agree that conditions in India are quiet different. Even when you study well and earn a degree it is tough to get a job. Again once you get a job and start a family you have so many responsibilities that you cannot just resign the job like here and go back to school to study. But what I disagree is the general attitude of the majority of the people that studying and accumulation of new knowledge should stop by certain age. I know with the concentration of majority jobs in India in software industry where you need to study new stuff every other day this notion is changing. But India has a long way to go in this regard.
YOUNG AGE OR OLD AGE – NOT A PROBLEM TO STUDY
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