Let’s get this fact out nice and clean—formal education qualifications don’t mean anything. They
don’t show a person’s knowledge and competency. There are so many people who have succeeded
great things in their life without any college, or even school, degrees. So, in order to get anywhere,
the person looking for the opportunity and the person giving the opportunity, they should never
obsess the formal education qualification—not at least today, when the internet has become #1
source of learning. Besides, college education seems very limited in nature these days; mediocre, at
In short, there shouldn’t be any minimum education criterion stopping people from achieving their
dreams and goals. These individuals should be judged based on their real-life knowledge and
experience and NOT their degrees.
Now, coming to politicians though. This is where I slightly vary my original view—at least when
talking about Indian politicians. See, in India, we have very less to NO parameters to judge the
credibility of politicians. No wonder, the majority of them aren’t just illiterate but also senseless and
thoughtless, totally incompetent to handle important issues. What they are after are power and
money, and not really to serve people.
Check out some of the statements of ministers in state and center. You will cringe and feel ashamed
that the mass has selected them. Now how do we really identify people who can make such
obnoxious statements before making them ministers? There are few ways—the easiest one is to
check their education level. While not always, we can expect decency and thoughtful ideas from
individuals who have acquired a basic level of education.
Besides, to fix educational fabric of this country, to improve transportation, roads, electricity, and to
create employment—the person in charge must have the basic idea of how to do it. But that’s not
how the current picture is today. We have illiterate ministers these days who hold important offices.
They don’t do any work (besides Hindu-Muslim propaganda)—and all their work is handled by the
team who work under them.
So, to cut the long story short, I don’t think there should be any minimum education criterion for
those looking to get to their goals. However, when talking about politicians, there definitely should
be a basic level qualification criterion.