I Went To A Government College Where Talking To A Male Professor Was A Crime

Anonymous Anonymous in Culture Shock on 27 November, 2017

Sometime back, my mother and I had a heated discussion on which colleges are better – Government or Private. Like most other people, my mother chose government colleges.

In India, we have a notion that only the best students go to government colleges while the others who are mediocre have no option but to join a private college.

But my story is different. As a mediocre student, I could not survive in a government college. On the very first day of college, I gave an audition for the debate society with a lot of hope. But there were thousands like me who did not get selected.

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The same people who participated last year were chosen that year as well.

Let me put this across in a very simple way - The college where I studied did not encourage or train new talent.

All that mattered to them was the reputation of the college in the debate competition.

I suffered my first major setback. Then came their style of education; we had no major discussions, no debates, and no internal competitions.

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The only thing I learned there was taking notes as fast as possible!

I even took Journalism and Film Studies hoping that it would bring some relief in my life. But I did not learn anything, neither writing an editorial nor taking an interview!

Once when I thought I would participate in a writing competition, I was criticized for talking to my journalism professor because he was a man. The college was a typical convent institution and I was also judged by some of the female teachers.

My character was assassinated for this silly reason!

Everyone also started giving me suggestions about what I should do after completing my graduation. Since this is India, they advised me to do my Masters from a top government college.

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I could not reach the cut-off thanks to the system of reservation where hardworking students don’t qualify in top government colleges.

So, I joined a top private college where I was appreciated and accepted for who I was, not who I should be. Their education system was based on learning and applying and not mugging up. I did fairly well there.

Not only did I score well but also presented 2 papers in top conferences one of which was at the “Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad”. I also published an article with top professors in The Statesman and Nikkei Asian Review.

I was delighted when I got the news that I’d scored 80 in my Masters level thesis. I couldn’t believe it!

But no matter what, even after all these years, my mom asks me to prove that I can qualify for a good government college.

The obsession with government colleges is still prevalent in India and will continue for the years to come.

Editor's Note:

Share this story because it is high time that the preference for government colleges and their system of education changes.