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enthusiasts will tell
you that they learnt
much more by
fiddling with a PC"
There was a time when every college kid worth his salt was clamouring to
sign up for 'a three year degree in computer science' which promised to set you
up for the rest of your life with a career you could only dream of. You just had to
look up on almost any street to find a huge hoarding that advertised the latest
course from a private computer institute that guaranteed to transform your life.
Just collect the keys to that BMW on your way out, was the underlying
As a result of fewer opportunities in the IT industry and considerable inse-
curity created by the shutting down of several fly-by-night computer institutes,
most people are a lot more wary of empty promises.
It is pretty obvious that every one of these computer institutes delivered much
less than they promised, despite their much touted training methodologies and
supposedly world-class facilities. So many of us spent the best part of three years
sitting in classes being taught Visual Basic by someone who had no more real
world experience in programming than us. Or being taught how to become
designers by someone who just barely understood the R, G and B of colour.
Instead of giving us the valuable education that we expected after spending tens
of thousands of rupees, these institutes provided little more than some course
material and a certificate of debatable value and recognition.
But where does the major share of the blame lie? With those who made every
thing sound so simple or with those of us who chose to believe that life could be
Most successful IT professionals will assure you that they learnt almost every-
thing useful that they know at their workplace. Die-hard computing enthusiasts
will tell you that they learnt much more by themselves at home while fiddling
with a PC than they did at any computer class.
Which should be reason enough to avoid blindly entrusting som