The Hindu Education Plus career counselling organised at Rangaraya Medical College
Kakinada: Students who qualified in the EAMCET 2009 and were anxious about their careers had their doubts dispelled in The Hindu Education Plus career counselling session held at Rangaraya Medical College auditorium here on Friday. They have got a valuable insight into what needs to be done by them to become successful engineering and medical professionals as experts from the K L University, JNTU-Kakinada and some other institutions guided them on different options available for them with regard to courses being offered by various universities (both government and private) and private colleges and the finer aspects of engineering and medical education. Nearly 200 students took part in this program organised by The Hindu for the sixth consecutive year.
The bottom line was that the students should first assess their capabilities before choosing a particular branch of engineering or medicine and the parents should not impose their wishes on their young ones. Due emphasis had to be laid on pursing inter-disciplinary courses.
Participating as the chief guest, JNTU-K Vice-Chancellor Allam Appa Rao said parents and children should put their heads together while selecting the courses of specialisation as only then they could achieve the desired results. Parents and also their children tend to be influenced by what others do in shaping their careers and land themselves in trouble when the realities dawn on them. This should not be the case at a time when the opportunities are abound. What is needed is a proper plan and its effective implementation.
‘IT will spring back’
Prof. Rao who is a specialist in information technology and bioinformatics, asserted that the IT revolution might have slowed down but it would spring back to the level where it had created a huge number of jobs around the world. The strength of IT lay in its strong links with every area of technology, hence it is indispensable.
JNTU Engineering College (Kakinada) Principal E.V. Prasad said students could look at dual degree programs and five-year integrated courses which would help students earn the best jobs but they should be prepared to take upon themselves the extra burden of studying more number of subjects than they normally do in B.Tech or M.Tech courses. A. Sreerama Rao, Principal of V.S. Lakshmi Engineering College, said civil engineering was and continues to be the mainstay of development. He has also advised the students to develop communication skills without which merit would be of little use.
K L University Dean (admissions) P. Srinivasulu said it was advisable to stick to the core areas of engineering electronics, electrical, computer science, mechanical and civil at the B.Tech level and pursue specialised subjects in M.Tech. Prof. K. Padma Raju of ECE Department (JNTU-K), Prof. G. Ranga Janardhan of Mechanical Engineering Department, Y. Narasimha Rao, a Vizag-based consultant architect and Jayaprakash Reddy of the Department of Petrochemicals, Government Institute of Chemical Engineering (Vizag) were the resource persons for the engineering session.
Dr. R. Pratap, Principal of Rangaraya Medical College, KVRNS Ramesh, Principal of Aditya Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research and Dr. Manish of GITAM Dental College, Vizag were the experts for medicine session.