While every student tries to give his/her best in exams and in numerous entrance tests that chart their future course, not everyone makes it to the top.
Many find themselves handicapped by their performance in the board exams or in the entrance test, despite an interest in pursuing a subject or subjects of their choice.
Arvind Ujjwal is one such student. Having secured 78 per cent in the II PU exam, Ujjwal is considering his options on where he can study Mechatronics or Nanotechnology. He was at Jnana Degula education fair organised by Deccan Herald and Prajavani at the Palace Grounds on the second and final day on Sunday.
There are, however, only a very few good institutes in the country that offer either of these subjects and admission to these institutes requires one to be the best in the country.
“I can pursue my interest in Nanotechnology and Nanoscience at IISc. However, getting in is a huge task, you have to be one of the top-rankers in JEE. So far as Mechatronics is concerned, I have found only one institute here that is offering the course,” he said.
Arvind’s mother, Maithili P K, who was accompanying her son to the fair, was even considering options abroad.
“He is currently considering going to Germany where there are institutes that offer the course of his choice. However, it involves a huge cost,” said Maithili.
In fact, going abroad seems to be the next best option for such students as their chances seem to get narrower here.
Priyadarshini, who scored 64 per cent in II PU exam, is mulling over the prospect of going to Ukraine or Georgia for studies, thanks to information she picked up at the fair.
“I have been told that a six-year degree in medicine in Ukraine will cost around Rs 27 lakh. This is way cheaper than in India, where one will easily have to pay anywhere between Rs 45 lakh and Rs 60 lakh for a private management seat,” she said. Her hope lies in a government quota seat through the CET, in which she has done considerably well.
“I am not considering management quota at all,” she said.
S Prithvidhar, who got 65 per cent in II PU, was also enthusiastically hunting for possibilities of a degree in medicine from a university in Georgia.
“I am considering an option between medicine and civil engineering and looking at the possibility of going abroad, if I don’t get a seat in India,” he said.