KHAMMAM: The Hindu Education Plus career counselling session held here on Sunday enabled the students, who attended the session from far and near accompanied by their parents, enhance their understanding of various dimensions of the whole gamut of engineering education to make informed decisions about their course and career choices.
The resource persons representing various branches of engineering and the allied streams enlightened the Eamcet qualified students on the need for a thorough evaluation of career prospects of the courses and their own suitability for the subject before exercising their course option. The participants were also apprised of the procedures involved in selection of courses and colleges of their choice online through Eamcet web-counselling during the session.
Prof S Pullaiah, an eminent academician and chairman of Swarna Bharathi Institute of Science & Technology (SBIT), said the Eamcet qualified students have a wide choice to choose the course of their interest from a plenty of options. A whopping 2.75 lakh seats are available in a total of around 707 engineering colleges in the State, he said pointing out that only 71.2 percent of the engineering seats were filled during the previous (2010-11) academic year.
“Irrespective of engineering course they chose based on their aptitude, the students should strive for academic excellence to tap the emerging job opportunities,” he stressed.
Prof V. Madhusudhana Rao of Vignan University said availability, accessibility and affordability play a vital role in determining the choice of students in selecting a course and college.
The students should finalise their choice based on the parameters like the job potential of the course with a futuristic perspective, infrastructure, faculty and placement record of the institution they intend to join, he said. It is imperative on the part of students to improve their communication skills considering it as a part of their course curriculum to realise their career goals, he said. The rapid pace of growth in Electronics and Communications sphere particularly in cellular technologies has opened up a window of opportunities for the students opting ECE and EEE, said Prof S Murali Krishna, principal, Bomma Institute of Technology & Sciences.
SBIT Prof G Swaminathan gave an overview of mechanical engineering course and visualised its career prospects. It offers multiple career options as one can switch over to other specialised areas of engineering including aeronautical engineering at M.Tech level.
District web-counselling centre coordinator and lecturer of SG & BGNR Government Degree College Kondal Rao explained at length on the various stages of web counselling process and the correct method of exercising choice of courses and colleges online. Prof V Sudarshan of Khammam Institute of Technology & Sciences,
Dr M Vinay and Dr Sreelatha of Mamata Medical College, Asst. Prof Ravi Kumar of Sarada Institute of Technology & Sciences spoke. The subject experts cleared the academic as well as career oriented doubts of the students and their parents related to Civil Engineering, Computer Science & IT, Pharmacy and Biotechnology.