Should parents and students look beyond merit?Most of us have grown with the concept that good marks, academic excellence means a good job, a stable career and a decent pay.
But over the years, some of us have learned the hard way that it is not true often. There is a gross inequality in the supply and demand equation in most job sectors. Even when candidates apply, there is a gross inequality with reservation, influence and unfair practices of recruitment being in vogue.
In short, we have reached a point wherein a brilliant student from a middle-class family who does not have any reservation and other supports cannot depend on merit alone to get the job or promotion.
Instead of getting disheartened after UG or PG, and going through the emotional trauma of a setback, I think we parents and students, at a much early stage, have to start looking beyond merit , a good performance in sports, an additional language, an additional distance learning degree, be on the lookout for jobs overseas, be more keen on internships etc.