Experts threw light on how to go about choosing a course and how to build up on it once they are in college at The Hindu Education Plus career guidance programme organised in Vijayawada recently. Here's what they had to say about the engineering stream. P. Trimurthy, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Acharya Nagarjuna University There are many profiles in Information Technology industry, which include hardware, software, internet-based, other IT-centric jobs such as call centres and animation and multi-media. There are many myths. For instance that computer science and IT are entirely different; that computer science is software oriented and ECE is hardware oriented; and that electrical related subjects fetch jobs immediately whereas civil and mechanical engineering do not. While choosing a college, students should look for curriculum, faculty, facilities, recognition, regularity of classes and track record. One should also check whether the particular course being opted has accreditation of National Board of Accreditation. K.R.S. Sambasiva Rao, Department of Biotechnology, Acharya Nagarjuna University From making curd to therapeutics and gene therapy, biotechnology today is deeply rooted in our lives. Until recently, both MPC and BiPC students were allowed to pursue B.Tech Biotechnology. But this year onwards, only MPC students are allowed. MPC students find courses such as morphology, physiology and anatomy of plants difficult. The foundation course in B Tech Biotechnology is not very useful. Instead, MPC students can buy books on these subjects and study them before joining the course. As for job opportunities, there is a boom not just in Andhra Pradesh, but also in Karnataka and Kerala. In biotechnology, mere degree is not enough. A lot of practical training and dedication is necessary. Lakshmi, V.R. Siddhartha College of Engineering One must always pay attention to the core subject and acquire good marks. It is important to improve soft skills such as communication. It is also important to develop an individual personality by appearing for presentation of papers. Students must try to attend as many seminars and conferences as possible during their four years of study. K. Ramaiah, Correspondent, Praksam College of Engineering, Kandukuru Parents are unfortunately not paying much attention to selection of college. It is important for parents to visit some colleges before admitting their wards. They should check whether their ward could get attuned to the faculty. Parents should also interact with senior students to gather information about the studies there. Lastly, do not stop visiting the college once your son or daughter is admitted. K. Babu Rao, Technical Director, Navayuga Infotech Jawahar Knowledge Centres have proved to be immensely useful to students, especially girls who have been failing to convert their degrees into jobs. From the recent batch, 1,276 found jobs in various companies. A company like IBM picked up 151 students. A student from Adilabad, who secured 50,000th rank in EAMCET, was one of them. While opting for a college, look for one that has a JKC