I am not jealous. Just curious.
Why do people include their degrees after their names?
Recently, I saw a board before a marriage hall where the groom’s name was immediately followed by a ‘BE’. My first reaction was, ‘Dude, there are a million BEs coming out of engineering colleges in TN alone, every year. Are you telling proudly to everyone that you are just one of those million people? And that you mugged up text in multiple text books (xerox copies of books written by local authors) to pass BE?’
Before a few years, I got a visiting card from some academic person. Normally I don’t look twice at these cards, but this particular one made me stare at it for almost five seconds. This guy had two lines full of various certificates, diplomas, degrees, doctorates, etc. In fact, his name was somewhat invisible among those sea of degrees! My reaction was, ‘Dude, are you trying to tell us that you wasted half your life studying for all these degrees (probably with your parents money) and then doing a job that is as inconsequential as it can get?’
The above two category of people at least studied for their degrees. There are another class of people who, for Rs. 8000, complete an online multi-choice questions exam to ‘earn’ a distance education certification (something like PGDBA or a certificate course) from unknown institutes and add ‘MBA’ after their names!
Even these people do something to get their degree. There are people who chase papers, bribe authorities & even buy degrees without attending classes, and still proudly exhibit them against their names.
I don’t have anything against all this. But I have one doubt: Why don’t these people also display their properties, clubs they are a member of, foreign trips been to this year, which company their brother-in-law is employed, sofa sets they own, LED TVs, and of course – iPhone 6S, etc. after their names???
I mean — If you want to boast, boast about everything no? Why stop with Degrees, that too in this era of commercialized education?