Guru Purnima 2016 

Mostly celebrated in India and Nepal, this day is the most auspicious day to express our gratitude towards our guru- our teacher. ‘Guru’ stands for ‘the remover of darkness’. It is celebrated on the purnima (full moon day) of the hindu month of ashadha (june- july). This year it is going to be celebrated on the 19th of July. 

History

According to Hindu mythology, this was the day when Shiva became the adi guru (first guru). This occasion has Buddhist connection too- Buddhists celebrate this day in order to honour Lord Buddha who gave his first religious discourse at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh. 

Significance

In Hindu Mythology, Guru has been put above all even above God. He is the one who has taught us what is right and what isn’t. He is the one who has given us the power to make a decision even in the most difficult times. He taught us wisdom, values which would remain and help us till the last breath. While some provided us with food, He was the one who taught us skills to earn it. 

“गुरु गोबिन्द दोउ खडे काके लागूँ पाँयबलिहारी गुरु आपने गोबिन्द दियो बताय” (Guru and The almighty both are in front of me, whom should I bow first, it is you my Guru, who showed me the path to the Almighty and I should therefore bow to you first) sums it all up! 

What could be better than having a guru by your side, showing you the path to divinity and success? 

Let us all take a pledge to express our gratitude to our gurus, they are really special. 

References

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“Why are most engineers turning out to be unemployed”

There are various factors which are leading to such problems of unemployment and lack of skilled enthusiasts.

1. The most important factor is the parenting system of this generation. There are only few parents who actually encourage undertaking what their children want from their lives. So they usually join engineering as their parents ask them to do so, and since there exists lack of interest for such students, the results are devastating and they turn out to be unskilled and unemployed engineers of our country.

Actually, such people cannot be entitled as engineers. I have read in the dgplug logs that student+degree does not mean you are an engineer.

2. The present education system which is encouraging rat race among the students. They literally put blinds around your eyes like in case of a horse and ask you to follow what they want you to. The system wants you to excel everywhere irrespective of which field you want to master.

And so the quote “Jack of all trades, master of none” has come into existence. This quote is exactly meant for the present generation. We don’t master in what we want, the system wants us to know everything, or else you will be out of the race! And you know children are still children and there is a suitable age to train them as adults.

So you see, every year “hum gadhe produce kar rhe hai, in the form of engineers” – quoted by Mast. Phunsukh Wangdu. And congratulations we could become a part of it if we stop learning, stop working hard for what we want.

3. There comes the next and the final point. The mentality of students. We want everything at the speed of light, money is what we want even faster than the speed of light. This generation can do anything for it. I have learnt while reading dgplug logs that if you write something in capitals, it means either you are stressing upon the words or you are trying to command. So again I quote, this generation can do ANYTHING for it, believe me and we cannot deny that. And so they enter engineering with a mindset that it will earn them enough money and these people usually turnout to be among the unemployed.

Your point of view is always welcome!

©Ashutosh Ahelleya