CHANDIGARH: Call it the rise of intelligent machines. Electronics and computers are the most sought after seats after the first round of intake in five engineering colleges.
With 344 takers for the BE/BTech in electronics and 343 for computers, there’s nothing much to separate the two branches in the admissions being conducted by a joint academic committee (JAC). Mechanical engineering is third most preferred branch. “In the job and development scenario, the intervention of information technology and computer science is everywhere.
Even the giant automobile sector is going to be dominated by IT companies and their vision of a driverless future,” computer science assistant professor Harish Kumar from the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) said.
In the new age, the popularity of ECE (electronics and communication engineering) and CSE (computer science and engineering) is natural. “All the physical systems now have embedded software. The demand for CSE and electronics professionals has increased, so more students are opting for these,” Kumar explained. Along with the demand, even the amount of jobs and pay has jumped.
“After electronics, one can go into a postgraduate course in computer science but not the other way round. Software companies pick electronics graduates because they are quick to pick up coding,” electronics professor Neelam Rup Prakash of the PEC University of Technology said. Employability is more in mechanical, CSE, and ECE branches, as opposed to a scarcity of jobs in metallurgy and aerospace engineering.
Top-scoring students prefer to study computers. This year, all IIT-JEE (advanced) toppers from the Tricity, including all-India topper Sarvesh Mehtani of Panchkula, wanted to join this course at an Indian Institute of Technology. Placements are exceptional and pay packages lucrative, though not as big as in the manufacturing industry. Also 36 students have joined the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) for a five-year bachelor’s course.