Expert advice offered at ‘The Hindu Education Plus Career Counselling 2012 for Engineering and Other Professional Courses’ has students and parents get clarity on careers and courses, finds SWATHI. V

Indecision and confusion pervading the young minds at the critical juncture of their life, after the Intermediate course and before the EAMCET counselling, were amply addressed by the expert academicians at ‘The Hindu Education Plus Career Counselling 2012 for Engineering and Other Professional Courses’ held here on Sunday.

The annual event conducted by ‘The Hindu’ in association with Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology (SNIST) and Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology saw many anxious students and parents arriving at the venue much earlier than the scheduled time, fighting off the lethargy induced by the Sunday morning.

The event was kicked off without much ado, with ‘The Hindu’ Chief of Bureau S.Nagesh Kumar making introductory remarks. Larger objective of conducting the workshop annually is to empower the youth by addressing the ambiguity dogging their minds at the crucial point of their career, Mr.Nagesh Kumar averred.

Counselling sessions will be conducted in 11 cities this year, he said including Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Tirupathi, Khammam, Warangal, Rajahmundry, Kadapa, Nizamabad, Guntur and Anantapur.

During the morning session for the engineering aspirants, the camp in-charge of engineering admissions, K.Raghunath, dwelt upon the web counselling procedure and cautioned students against relying on private cyber cafes and middlemen, and parting with crucial information such as passwords and registration numbers.

Questions abounded from the students and their parents about which stream to choose, implications of choosing a particular course, whether to base the choice upon stream or institution, and about the suitability of certain streams for girls.

Sudden influx of students into the computer science and information technology streams has resulted in depletion of admissions into the core engineering streams such as mechanical, electrical and civil, J.S.R.Subramanyam, Mentor, TEQUIP observed. Acute shortage of skilled manpower especially with respect to civil engineers is being experienced all over the world, a gap which is going to widen further by 2020.

He predicted that nanotechnology will be the future of any engineering stream, as it is poised to rule the world in the next 15 years.

Former Director, Drug Control Authority, M.Venkat Reddy said prospects are brightening for pharmacy which was considered only a secondary option previously. Though the initial salaries are comparatively very low, after a couple of years, the candidates will be paid handsomely, he promised.

He sounded caution to the pharmacy enthusiasts to verify credentials of the college before joining. Only colleges approved by the Pharmacy Council of India should be chosen for admission, he said.

Placement Officer at the Osmania University College of Engineering V.Uma Maheshwar Rao advised the students to map their career options with their inherent aptitudes, and not to go by what others say.

Promoting the mechanical stream, Mr.Rao said mechanical engineers are the driving force behind the progress of the world in every field. While IT companies test for the candidate’s learning ability and willingness to work in teams rather than the subject knowledge, it is the other way round with the core engineering companies, he observed. They do not recruit in bulk, and are rigorous in selection procedure.

Mr.Rao offered infrastructure, quality of faculty and placement record as the criteria for choosing a particular college, with emphasis on the last. Visiting the colleges and interacting with the senior students will help in knowing about the colleges, he said.

Medical courses

Post-noon session was dedicated to counselling for medical and related courses. C.L.Venkat Rao, a medical expert, advised the students to choose the nearest medical college, whether government or private, for pursuing MBBS, as it is merely a foundational course.

He also dwelt upon the recent enhancement in the number of colleges as well as in medical seats in the state.

For authentic details about recognised medical and dental colleges, one may visit the websites www.mciindia.org or www.dciindia.org respectively, he informed.Retired professor from the Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University L.Jalapathi Rao said 99 per cent of the graduates in agriculture stream have been employed in various fields in the previous few years. Research, agricultural mechanisation and water conservation are a few areas in agriculture where one can explore one’s career choices, he said.

For those looking for immediate and assured employment, veterinary sciences is the best option, he informed.

Students and parents were more than satisfied with the expert advice offered at the workshop.

“We found the workshop impressive. My son was unable to choose between two different streams offered in two different institutions. This session has helped us a lot in seeing through the haze,” said B.V.Gupta, a BSNL official and father of Vighnesh, who came down all the way from Lingampally to the venue at Srinagar Colony.

P.Narasimha Reddy was another happy parent from Ameerpet, equipped with enough knowledge to decide between EEE and ECE streams for his daughter P.Sri Vaishnavi. Sanskriti Thakur, a teenager who wants to do MBA, but in a dilemma about whether to opt for B.Tech or an ordinary degree, got expert assistance to address the quandary.

V.Vasudeva Rao, Principal, SNIST explained about the institute, the courses offered and facilities. Prof. D.Vijay Kishore and Prof. Ravindranath respectively offered guidance with regard to architecture and biotechnology streams.

TV5 was the television partner and BIG FM 92.7 was the radio partner for the event.