I am a second-year student of the B.Tech. course in computer science and engineering. I would like to know about the scope of doing the M.Tech. course in the discipline. Also let me know the specialisations and study facilities. When can I start attempting the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)?

ABHIJITH SHAJI

ALUVA

To pave the way for a good career, you need to score high marks in the B.Tech. course. During the final year of the course, take GATE, a prerequisite to join M.Tech. and Ph.D. programmes with scholarships and fellowships. The postgraduate and doctoral qualifications will help to land top jobs in the competitive corporate job environment.

Several engineering colleges and institutes in India offer the M.Tech. course in computer science and engineering. Engineering graduates in computer science or certain other branches with at least 60 per cent marks in aggregate and a valid GATE score may apply for admission.

A high GATE score will help you win a scholarship from the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. In admission interviews, 70 per cent weight is given to this score and 30 per cent to academic merit. Top institutes such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) admit only those with a high GATE score.

In Tamil Nadu, admission to ME and M.Tech. programmes is done through a single-window system based on the marks in the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET).

In Kerala

In Kerala, a few institutes and colleges conduct the M.Tech. course in computer science and engineering.

The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Calicut (Kozhikode), offers the programme with specialisation in information security. Those with a BE or B.Tech degree in computer science and engineering or information technology with 60 per cent marks or those with a first-class MCA degree and a GATE score in computer science and engineering may apply. (www.nitc.ac.in)

The Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering, Pappanamcode, Thiruvananthapuram, offers 18 seats in the programme. Those with a B.Tech. degree in computer science and engineering, computer engineering, or information technology with minimum 60 per cent marks and a GATE score may apply. The tuition fee is Rs.35,000 a semester. A special fee of Rs.2,850 will be charged. (www.sctce.ac.in)

The Department of Computer Science on the Karyavattom campus in Thiruvananthapuram of the University of Kerala offers the course to those with a BE or B.Tech. degree in computer science and engineering with at least 55 per cent marks and a GATE score.

The Cochin University of Science and Technology conducts an M.Tech. course in computer and information science. Those with a B.Tech. degree in any branch with at least 60 per cent marks and a GATE score may apply. (www.cusat.nic.in)

The TKM Institute of Technology, Karuvelil, Kollam, conducts M.Tech. courses in computer and information science and in software engineering. (ph: [0474] 248 2833)

Prominent Institutes

The IITs in Chennai, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Guwahati, and Roorkee offer the M.Tech. course in computer science and engineering. For details, visit www.iitm.ac.in, www.iitk.ac.in, www.iitkgp.ernet.in/mtech, www.iitg.ernet.in/acad, and www.iitr.ac.in

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, conducts an ME programme in computer science and engineering. Those with at least a second-class BE or B.Tech. degree in computer science and IT may apply. The selection is based on the GATE score. Areas of study include theoretical computer science, parallel and distributed computing, systems software, systems security, intelligent systems, and so on. (www.iisc.erent.in)

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, offers an ME course in computer engineering (www.bits-pilani.ac.in). The Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, conducts an M.Tech. course in computer science. GATE-qualified computer science and engineering graduates and others may apply. (www.bitmesra.ac.in)

The NIT, Rourkela, conducts an M.Tech. (research) degree course in computer science. (www.nitrkl.ac.in)

Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, offers an M.Tech course in computer science and engineering for those with a B.Tech. degree in computer science and engineering or information technology. (www.manit.ac.in)

The Computer Science Department of Anna University, Coimbatore, conducts ME programmes in computer science and engineering, software engineering, computer and communication engineering, and an M.Tech. course in information technology. Computer science and engineering graduates are eligible for admission. (www.annauniv.ac.in)

Pondicherry University, Puducherry, offers an M.Tech. programme in computer science and engineering for those with a BE or B.Tech. degree in the discipline. Selection will be on the basis of a national-level entrance test. In Kerala, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram will be the test centres. (www.pondiuni.edu.in)

The University of Hyderabad offers M.Tech. programmes in computer science, information technology, computational techniques, and bioinformatics. The selection is on the basis of a national-level entrance test. In Kerala, Kochi will be the test centre. (www.uohyd.ernet.in)

Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu, conducts an ME programme in computer science and engineering. (www.annamalaiuniversity. ac.in)

Deemed universities

Several deemed universities conduct ME or M.Tech courses in computer science and engineering.

The Amrita School of Engineering, Ettimadai, Coimbatore, and Amritapuri, Kollam, offers an M.Tech. programme in computer science and engineering. The Coimbatore school also offers M.Tech. courses in computer vision and image processing, computational engineering and networking, and embedded system and VLSI design. Those with a BE or B.Tech. degree with at least 60 per cent marks in computer science and engineering or a relevant branch may apply. The selection is based on academic merit and an interview. Those with a GATE score will get preference. (www.amrita.edu)

The Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Girinagar, Pune, offers an M.Tech. course in computer science and engineering (cyber security) (www.diat.ac.in).

The Manipal Institute of Technology of Manipal University conducts M.Tech. course in computer science and engineering; computer science; and information security. (www.manipal.edu)

Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women, Coimbatore, conducts an ME degree programme in computer science and engineering (www.avinuty.ac.in).

Noorul Islam University, Kumaracoil, Thuckalay, conducts ME and M.Tech. degree programmes in computer science and engineering and software engineering. (www.niceindia.com)

At IIITs

The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala, Technopark campus, Thiruvananthapuram, conducts a Master of Science programme in information technology. The entry qualification is a degree in any branch of engineering or technology or a Master's degree in computer science or computer applications. Selection is made on the basis of a national-level entrance test followed by an interview. (www.iiitm.ac.in)

The Atal Behari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM), Gwalior, an autonomous institute, offers the M.Tech. programme with specialisation in advanced networking, information security, digital communication, VLSI design, or visual information process. Those with a first-class BE or B.Tech. degree in computer science and engineering; electronics and communication; electrical engineering; or IT and a GATE score may apply. (www.iiitm.ac.in)

The Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, conducts a two-year, full-time M.Tech. programme in information technology with specialisations in software engineering, wireless computing, intelligent systems, robotics, human computer interaction, micro-electronics, and bioinformatics. Those with a BE or B.Tech. degree in the respective disciplines, including computer science, and a GATE score may apply for admission. (www.iiita.ac.in)

The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, offers M.Tech. programmes in computer science and engineering; computer science and information security; VLSI and computer engineering; bioinformatics; computational linguistics; and computer-aided structural engineering. The entry qualification is a BE or B.Tech. degree in any branch, including computer science and engineering. (www.iiit.ac.in/ admissions.pgee)

The International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, offers an M.Tech. course in information technology. (www.iiitb.ac.in)

The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, conducts an M.Tech. degree course in computer science with specialisation in data engineering and information security. (www.iiitd.ac.in)

The Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, conducts an M.Tech. degree course in information and communication technology. (www.daiict. ac.in)

The DOEACC Centre, Kozhikode, conducts an M.Tech course in embedded systems design, which has a high job potential. (www.doeacccalicut.ac.in)

Other options

Graduates in computer science and engineering may also opt for M.Tech. courses in embedded system and VLSI design; computer and information science; information technology; and bioinformatics; or MBA (IT).

Details of engineering colleges that offer ME or M.Tech programmes approved by the All India Council for Technical Education can be had from www.aicte.ernet.in

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