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|What Were They Thinking (standard:other, 1624 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Oct 30 2010||Views/Reads: 1241/763||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Expereinces of a frustated young man.|
What Were They Thinking? By Subba Rao Getting a diploma from a college was easy part, getting a job particularly if one was considered as an outsider, for whatever reason, will be challenging, to say the least. Contrary to what many believe, higher the degree, say a Ph.D., or an M.D, tougher it gets to get a job, a real challenging job. The external evaluator, an American Professor was all praise for Juggernaut's graduate work. The visiting American Professor spent a week giving lectures and participating in other events on the Campus. On one occasion, Juggernaut caught up with the American Professor in a conversation. Juggernaut was hoping to open a dialogue with the Professor that can lead to an inquiry into possibilities for a post doctoral fellowship with the Professor in the United States. “We have lots of graduate students from South Asia particularly from your native country,” said the Professor. “Oh.” “There are fine institutions in your country, I don't understand why they come to US, you know.” “I believe they come to US to get jobs and permanently settle in America,” the American Professor continued his monologue. “The graduate students from Middle East pay tuition fee and on receiving degree, they go back to their countries, not so with south Asians.” “Middle East countries are rich with oil money,” Juggernaut expressed his humble opinion without offending the Professor in anyway. The conversation was not going well at all, thought Juggernaut. The American; an immigrant himself from England several decades ago appeared more like a hyena not wanting to share the stolen kill with anybody. That evening Juggernaut thought about the conversations he had with the Professor, after all, the Professor himself told him that he came to America as a young student and now after several decades working in one of the best universities in Midwestern United States, had such an opinion about south Asian students aspiring to come to US. What was he thinking? The idea of asking for a post doctoral fellowship was dead even before asking the Professor. Tom White, a student from England, and Juggernaut were both post-graduate students in a related field, and both applied for a job in a developing country. At the time of job interviews, the University Academic Committee has already approved Juggernaut's thesis to award Ph.D. degree whereas Tom was still working on his thesis. Though both were equally qualified, since Juggernaut's thesis was approved and immediately available for the job, Juggernaut expected to be selected. After the interviews, Tom was offered the job. After Tom accepted the contract, the University Academic Committee rejected his thesis and he was asked to repeat some portions of his work for re-validation. The position for which Tom was selected could not get off the ground since Tom had to continue his graduate work. The selection committee had no choice but to give Tom a year of absence from the position even before he started the work. The selecting committee members in selecting the candidate for the job were highly educated, no non-sense professionals and yet used simple reasoning in decision making; the job went to the person from the country of origin of the selecting committee. Here, the well-trained minds acted in a simplistic manner to arrive at a decision that was too obvious. A team of researchers from an Ivy League University in the United States were working on a project in an adjoining lab to Juggernaut's. Dr. Lowentoff was one of them. An opportunity to work at an Ivy League would be a dream comes true for anybody. “We love to have you join in our team in US, but your professor here instead wants a local student for the fellowship, we were disappointed, Juggernaut,” said Dr. Lowentoff. Juggernaut was pleasantly surprised, he was not aware that the research Click here to read the rest of this story (109 more lines)
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