The degree with “no future”

Around the second week of June the new government of India came up with what would be the prospective educational policy of India. The policy focuses on what most of us who grew up watching American teen dramas have wished for, flexibility. I’m really glad that our education ministry formally admits that we have a really rigid system and we need to change that.

The policy which mainly regards the higher educational institutes i.e. colleges which is a good start. A majority of my family lives in America and I have visited them a couple of times and also known about their methods from my cousins. The new policy somewhat resembles the American system and by 2030 we might have colleges like the United States as it aims at introducing liberal arts as a degree in colleges. 

The focus leading to the faculty of arts strikes an important concern in my mind that is the social acceptability of a person pursuing a career in the arts. We all know that when a child wants to take up arts or liberal studies as their career path parents and relatives are sure to raise eyebrows. While  I appreciate the initiative of the education department to give the stream their well-deserved recognition and make them a part of the mainstream institutions. 

While the government has done their part, it’s time we do ours. We need to make a society where people look up to a person studying literature as they look up to a person pursuing engineering or medicine. 


The main reason why people are not so accepting about the degree are some myths, which we will bust today.

Myth : Tech is the future, so a liberal arts degree is practically obsolete.

Fact: Liberal arts students are the future of the technology industry.

The Harvard Business Review also says that the barrier for entry on tech jobs is lower each year as apps and the internet make it easier for novices to accomplish what it once took an experienced coder to do. What’s not decreasing? The complexity of the human problems that graduates will want to solve. This is what a liberal arts graduate can tackle, and it’s what the tech industry is looking for. 

Myth: arts is for people with a lower brain capacity.

Fact: arts is all about critical thinking.

According to New cognitive research from Germany, the production of art improves effective interaction between parts of the brain. The study, conducted on a small population of newly retired individuals. it also suggests that art, in fact, keeps the nervous cells running at a much higher speed as the art requires the right hemisphere which is said to be our creative side, however, to study the works done previously on requires balance, which requires the right and the left hemisphere of the brain to function with the same amount of efficiency. The German study was conducted on 28 retired individuals and has concluded that art could help stop slowing of the brain functions due to age. 

Myth : an arts degree leaves you with no practical skill.

Fact: arts rarely involves any theory.

As earlier explained arts requires high critical thinking capabilities. Arts is an individual-centric stream unlike the technological streams which teach the same theory to every student, arts is about interpretation. Every student in a class is different as his or her interpretation of  subject taught is different. What makes a degree ‘useless’? One that doesn’t equip you with skills or knowledge that are applicable in the working world. Depending on your major, a liberal arts degree can prepare you with a range of soft and practical skills such as writing, critical thinking, research and creativity, which are all useful across a range of careers. 

Myth: arts graduates find no jobs.

Facts: arts graduates can find a job in any sector.

Unlike people pursuing professional courses like engineering or medicine arts is a fluid stream, arts graduates can find a proper paying job in any stream depending on their major. Most Importantly, the brain capacity that the arts education gifts them is exceptionally preferred for an analyst or advisor jobs, which pay a high amount. Also, every graduate demonstrates a different approach, a different thought process, which naturally makes them stand out from every other person and it is easier for them to find the jobs as they are the “rare ones” 

Every person is different and they have different accumens, we cannot just shape everyone into stamp because they won’t be able to leave a mark. 

While a lot of People in India face great difficulty to reach the higher levels in the current education system, many of those who reach end up doing something they don’t love and they end up being part of a terrible workforce. The government has done their bit and in order to make it a clear success we should stop saying that we don’t have opportunities, or its a degree with no future and let children choose what career they want to pursue. 

Every child is an artist the only problem is to remain an artist when they grow up.

Pablo Picasso

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