The pre-EAMCET counselling programme ‘Career Counselling 2012’ organised by ‘The Hindu Education Plus’ here on Sunday at Warangal, Nizamabad and Anantapur evoked tremendous response. The Hindu as part of its social responsibility brought together the students and a panel of senior faculty members from different prestigious institutions. The students and their parents had varied questions pertaining to the courses, subjects and job potential. They also sought to know about the essentials of counselling such as how to choose a college and how to choose a particular course.

Good number of students and parents were seen thronging the venue, the sprawling Kakatiya University campus in Warangal.

The resource persons and senior faculty members who spared their valuable time included Kakatiya Institute of Technology & Science (KITS) principal Prof K Ashoka Reddy, Chaitanya College of Pharmacy principal V.Prabhakar Reddy, KU College principal N. Ramaswamy, NIT civil engineering professor P. Ratish, Jayamukhi Institute of Technology & Science faculty Jayadev Gyani, KITS mechanical engineering professor Ch S. R. Sastry and director of Sreenidhi Institute MBA programme V. Gangadhar. The programme was inaugurated by KU registrar K. Sayulu who exhorted the students to put in their best whatever course they choose. He wanted them to pursue higher education rather that stopping at graduation level looking for employment.

Explaining about the process of online counselling for engineering admissions Prof. Ashoka Reddy wanted students to be ready with all certificates like income, caste and conduct. He wanted the students to write down a copy on paper before filling up the online application, for clarity and saving on time. Prof Ratish and Prof. Sastry tried to dispel the notion that civil and mechanical engineering courses are not suitable for girl students. “The girls do not want to lag behind the boys,” Prof. Ratish said while Mr Sastry explained that unless the job involved working in production field, the girls do not have any problem. “In production, the job involves working in shifts and putting in extra hours which is slightly problematic to girls,” he explained.

On the chances of job opportunities for ECE course, Prof. Ashoka Reddy explained that ECE is a dynamic course where the students need to keep themselves abreast. He advised students not to opt for job after B.Tech and instead go for higher education. “All branches of engineering are good. It pays to pursue M. Tech and Ph.D after graduation,” he said. Speakers emphasised the need to pursue post-graduation and research as the job prospects are limited with a graduation degree alone.

Prof. Prabhakar Reddy said Pharm D is best as it is practical-oriented and has got good job potential.

Prof.Ramaswamy wanted students and parents to opt for Biotechnology only if the student was really interested, as it involves hard work.