Panellists tell students to look beyond engineering and medicine

: Deputy Commissioner Shivayogi Kalasad said parents should not force their children to take up a particular course or career, as such compulsions often affect the career of their children. Instead, they should let the children decide.

Speaking after inaugurating the CET Career Conselling programme organised by The Hindu EducationPlus at Ranga Mandir here on Sunday, he said that often many students fail to choose a career of their choice as they take the decision under pressure from parents.

“Another fact that also goes against the future of the students is peer pressure. Many simply select the course chosen by their friends, without realising their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.

Mr. Kalasad tried to dispel the misconception prevalent among students that the best career opportunities were available only in the fields of engineering and medical.

He said fields such as literature and education also offer good career opportunities.

He advised students not to go only by marks for selecting courses, and instead to go by aptitude.

“If a student has secured over ninety per cent in PU in science, it does not mean that such students should seek only medical or engineering. They could also take up other fields such as agriculture or horticulture,” he said.

Mr. Kalasad, however, underlined the need to select the right career by analysing their strengths, weaknesses and the areas of interest.

He thanked The Hindu for conducting a career guidance programme which he felt would help students choose the right career.

In his address, Col. Balaji, Principal, Sainik School, Bijapur, told students about career opportunities available for students in the armed forces.

He said that the profession in Defence not only provided a high-paying salary, but also respect in society.

He explained about the opportunities available in the Army, Navy and the Airforce and elaborated on the methods to apply.

Dr. M. B. Guled, Dean, College of Agriculture, Bijapur, illustrated the career opportunities available in agriculture.

Lamenting that many students were not aware of the importance of agriculture, he said the sector offered a wide-range of job opportunities and also offered opportunities to work abroad.

He said new inventions were taking place in agriculture with the help of agriculture scientists.

S. B. Girimath, senior nodal officer of Karnataka Examination Authority, explained the process of seat selection for medical and engineering.

He told students about the common errors committed while applying for seats.

M. I. Sakri, HOD, Department of Automobile, BLDE Engineering College, told students about the options available in engineering.

R. Sadasivan, a representative of NTTF, and B.M. Prabhu were present.

Earlier, a book titled The Great Leap, containing career opportunities in various fields, was released.

The programme was sponsored by the State Bank of India. The associate sponsors are Dr. T. Thimmaiah Institute of Technology, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Sambhram Institute of Technology, Padmashree Group of Institutions, Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital, and Beary’s Institute of Technology, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka; M.G.M. College, Udupi, and NSS unit of Sri Ramakrsihna College, Mangalore.