Google CEO Sundar Pichai has this IMPORTANT advice for Indian Parents
"Academics is important but it is not as important as it’s made out to be."
It's a rat race out there! Children across India are under a lot of pressure to perform and prove their merit so that they can make it to prestigious colleges, which makes sure that they lead a successful life. But what if we told you that that's not the only formula to guaranteed success later on in life.
Yes, that's right! And we're not the only ones saying that. This is also what Sundar Pichai, the man who put India on the Google Map, has to say to students and all hassled parents out there!
Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited his alma mater, IIT Kharagpur for the first time since 1993, and took the campus by storm, literally! The auditorium was packed to capacity with students sitting in pin-drop silence to listen to what the man with the "dream job" had to say.
"My interview at Google was on April 1st, April Fool's Day, so everyone thought what if it is a joke. And then we didn't know much about Google products and there was so less time to prepare. I hadn't had a chance to use it (Gmail, in the beginning, was an invite-only website), I thought it was an April fool's joke," said Pichai as he started his speech.
He, later on, touched very important issues that all Indian parents must read about:
1. Grades are not everything
"Academics is important but it is not as important as it’s made out to be," said Pichai as he spoke to IIT Kharagpur students. Pichai also mentioned that he himself got a C-grade when he was in IIT and later on in life when he met people from all walks of life, he learned that grades are not everything and there's so much else that matters.
2. Don't go for bookish knowledge
Pichai added that he is shocked at the pace at which Indian kids start learning things these days and how parents are pushing them to start competing, which is a cause of concern.
Continue reading on the next page to know what Pichai had to say about bookish knowledge!
"One of the great things about India is the tremendous interest in education – both among the students as well as their parents. But I come across cases of children in the eighth grade who start preparing for IIT. I am shocked by this. Our education is still very bookish whereas we need a more all-round development and exposure. There is still a lot of pressure to follow set lanes through our colleges and our careers," he said.
3. A little creativity doesn't hurt
Pichai also mentioned that while he has met quite a few people from IIT in Google, he has also met many other people from different backgrounds and schools, who are equally talented.
"In the US the emphasis is on creativity, and we need to push more for this. It is very hard to get into IIT and quite an achievement. But an IIT or any other premier institute is not a guarantee for success. At Google, we have many people from IIT. But we also have people from other institutions across the globe and India – and these are remarkable people with remarkable talent as well," said Pichai.
4. Let your kids take risks
Lastly, Pichai emphasised on the fact that kids should be taking more risks and following their passions if they want to be successful as well as satisfied in life.
"Education system in India is made in such a way that students have to follow set rules. I think it is more important to try different things, take more risks and students should follow their passions more," he signed off.
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