Opportunities need to be tapped by students after their studies

With the existing 62 per cent of the buildings across the world needs to be revamped and more power projects on the offing, there is ample opportunities for graduates in Civil Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) respectively, A. Jayaprakash Gandhi, career consultant, said here on Wednesday.

Speaking at the fifth edition of The Hindu Plus Career Fair 2013 held at Ponnusamy Gounder Tirumana Mandapam, he said that power projects and infrastructure projects are to come up in large numbers and hence, opportunities need to be tapped by the students after their studies.

He said that EEE students should prepare for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) from their second year with complete focus. Post-graduate courses in Sustainable Development, Ocean Engineering, Structural and Earthquake Engineering are most sought in foreign nations and students here can opt for those new courses, he added.

He asked Computer Science (IT) students to get jobs through campus placement as searching for jobs after studies are difficult.

Mr. Gandhi made a point that there is a 20 per cent change in the preference for arts courses than professional courses due to the engineering placements and said over two lakh engineering seats are available for counselling in the 552 colleges across the State. Mr. Gandhi also interacted with the students and made a presentation about the cut-offs expected in the current year.

Dr. K.K. Ramasamy, Director, Administration, Paavai Group of Institutions focused on the need for gaining additional knowledge beyond curriculum and asked students to prepare accordingly. He also spoke about the groups thrust on academic and non-academic areas and asked students to consider all aspects of institutions before joining it.

Dr. A. Nagappan, Principal, V.M.K.V. Engineering College said commitment in the part of students would help them for successful placements and asked them to plan meticulously.

Asking students to be clear about their goals and their target, motivational speaker Isaikkavi Ramanan recited a song that focused on opportunities in life and how one should utilise it.

“Opportunities are more for students now and they should decide what they need and what they should be,” he added.

Earlier, Venkatesh Natarajan, Regional General Manager, Advertising, The Hindu , Coimbatore welcomed the gathering, while R.L.N. Sivakumar, Senior Assistant General Manager, Advertising, The Hindu , Coimbatore introduced the chief guest. The vote of thanks was proposed by A. Balaji, Senior Assistant Regional Manager, Advertising, The Hindu , Salem.

The event was presented by Paavai Institutions, Namakkal and was powered by Vinayaka Missions University, Salem. Students also visited various stalls put up by educational institutions in and around Salem and nearby districts.