Monday, 17 December 2012

Who's the donkey?

"MBA hi karna tha to engineering kyun ki?"
I call this question the Arindam Chaudhuri question, and the value I give to it is the same as what I give to Arindam Chaudhuri and his opinions- ZERO.

You will definitely be knowing Arindam Chaudhuri. He's the perennial 'Dare to think beyond the IITs/IIMs' guy. What really makes him think that his IIPM is beyond either of them is a point to ponder. Anyway, so he, as far as I know, threw this two pence worth question. It was then picked up by people from other fields and even the movie 3 Idiots. People doing an MBA after engineering have been called everything from idiots to gadhas (donkeys).

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Worse, even the IIMs seem to have bowed down to it. They have started lowering the requirements for people from commerce and arts. And people haven't responded to it publicly because, perhaps it can't be responded to in a punch line.

Firstly, many people claim that business has got nothing to do with engineering. And they ironically proclaim that on the internet! So many technology based companies got where they are with absolutely no knowledge of engineering?

Secondly, if this was indeed the case then business should be done only by people who have got a bachelor's degree in it, namely BBA. Why do I, then, never hear this question being asked about commerce or arts? If business isn't only about engineering, is it only about commerce? And arts?

The simple truth is that there are more tech-based companies out there. An MBA is about a degree of management, not about working in a bank. You can't expect an engineer to remain a technician for all his life. Now, I myself don't plan to do an MBA immediately, but I feel for my other engineer buddies at whom this question is thrown in ridicule. Frankly, it's just that people love to get back at engineers. We would do well to remember that. So the next time someone says that to you, dismiss it as you would dismiss a gadha's braying.


  1. I didnt understand what Arindham Chaudhari had to was doing at the start of the article!
    and engineers are criticized not because they
    choose MBA after engineering its because of the herd mentality that entrapped many of us to spire to become a techie even though they did not possess that aptitude.

    1. Arindam Chaudhuri used to write a small article below his 'Dare to think...' slogan on this issue. So, I find him to be the initiator of this argument. Hence the starting reference.
      The herd mentality part sure is true, but that's off the point. I've heard people tossing this line at random techies they don't even know!

  2. Amen to that! Infact we engineers turn out to be much better managers than other graduates. Considering the amount of workload manage, with all the journals, assignments and the like, we make impeccable managers. Its a such a shame people fail to see that.

    1. Thanks Shachi ! I won't engage in direct comparison, for some other branch people also have heavy schedules, but on the whole I would agree.

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