I realize the above when I work in a global team and at the age of 25 I compare myself with people in my team of similar ages but from different backgrounds and different parts of the world. I find myself wanting in front of them not because of my competency but the education system that I've been a part of. The limited exposure and lack of choices in our curriculum, the lack of practicality in the education we impart at crucial stages in student's life, the lack of understanding and planning of the career paths among students. We have to change the way it is right now at the undergrad level atleast. IITs have to take initiatives. We have to link what the industry requires, what the students should know and what we teach at our premier colleges or otherwise we would be found wanting competing at the global level.
The experience in the corporate world has made me realize how unimportant the courses were that I pursued all along, how irrelevant and time-wasting process it was, why fighting for grades wasn't the best option. Its disappointing to say that it was all a futile aimless exercise just to keep things the way they are. Its a wasted effort of so many years, its painful, stressful and of no use. India has to go a long way for me till its education adds meaning to lives.