Will the shrinking employment opportunities in the information technology and allied sectors bring back the past glory to the traditional post graduate degree courses? Irrespective of such a possibility, the student community appears to be showing such an inclination.

A sizeable section of students, who could not get into engineering after Intermediate and management or computer courses after Degree, were turning towards the IT and allied sectors for employment opportunities by doing some IT-related courses after their degree course till last year. But, the global economic slow down has not only condensed the opportunities there but has also brought some change in the students’ thinking.

The applications received for the joint common entrance test (SKURUCET-2009) for admission into the post graduate degree courses offered by Sri Krishnadevaraya University (SKU) and Rayalaseema University (RU) has given enough indication of the changing perception among the students.

Against about 11,000 applications received for the entrance test last year in Anantapur and Kurnool districts, the purview of the two universities, about 16,500 applications were received this year for 28 PG degree courses.

According to the university officials, about 9,150 applications were received from Anantapur and 7,350 from Kurnool. There was a flurry of applications to chemistry course with the M.Sc. subject with 3,592 students applying for the same.

Increasing opportunities for the education course at masters level have given the second billing to M.Ed course with 1,631 students applying for it. Similarly, spurt in the demand for commerce and economics hands in different sectors has prompted 1,265 and 1,250 students to apply for the courses in M.A.

Emphasising the increasing need for English language skills in the job market today, 939 students applied for the course in M.A. M.Sc. in physics, computer science, M.A. Telugu, M.Sc. in mathematics and biotechnology were the next sought after courses in that order.

B. CHANDRASHEKHAR

In Anantapur