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How an engineer became an auto driver

A decade back or before no one would have imagined that an engineer would have to ply an auto to make his ends meet. India is producing around 1.5 million engineers annually which has resulted
India TV News Desk September 09, 2015 14:54 IST
India TV News Desk

A decade back or before no one would have imagined that an engineer would have to ply an auto to make his ends meet. India is producing around 1.5 million engineers annually which has resulted in massive unemployment. Nowadays, holding just an engineering degree would not necessarily land you in a job unless you have the right skills or right opportunities.

I came across this heart touching story that explains the dismal state of unemployment in the country

This is the story of a man who regardless of having an engineering degree is now working as an auto driver.

A girl was discussing about an engineering institute with her cousin that gave the degree within two years. When she asked the name of the institute to her cousin, he wasn't able to answer.

When her cousin wasn't able to pronounce the acronym of the institute- the man plying the auto made it clear. Not only this, he even gave all the information about the institute they wanted to take admission in, number of subjects  and courses offered in one year time . And whatever was their query was solved by him.

The girl and her cousin were totally in shock seeing the response of the auto driver.

To further surprise them, he asked the qualifications of the girl to which she responded firmly that she has just completed her engineering from BMS College of Engineering. After this, the session of question answer started.

The driver asked about her specialization. As many of the people don't understand her specialization subject- she has to make it clear every time one asks her. But, here the case was different. Before she could complete her sentence... he uttered ... ohh... IEM... ahh? Now, here she got totally shocked.

She was surprised that how come an auto driver knows so many things about engineering. Then, he told her that he too was a Mechanical Engineer by profession who did his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from a reputed college of Karnataka.

When asked why he was not doing a job that he is supposed to do, he said it's the game of destiny. Many people like him are doing some or other work as they didn't get a job they wanted to do.

After listening to him, the girl suggested him to pursue Mtech. To which, he replied saying,  who will pay for my studies and even if I do there is no use of spending another 2 lakhs as I would get only 25,000 as my basic salary. Without doing Mtech also, I am earning the same amount then what's the use, he further added.

After listening to his reply, the girl kept mum and stared calmly. The frustration could be clearly seen on his face to settle for the job that he isn't worth for. He was much more capable with the qualification he had.

The mechanical turned auto driver called it his destiny but is it really his destiny or our existing job- market?