COIMBATORE: Though Information Technology is the largest employer in the country at present, the future lies in the manufacturing sector, R.Radhakrishnan, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Coimbatore, said here on Thursday.
Moderating a panel discussion on the engineering courses at the education fair organised by The Hindu at the Suguna Hall here, he said the demand for core engineering graduates was on the rise. In the recent years, computers had had immense applications in core engineering areas too.
The situation was such that all branches of engineering required the support of Information Technology. It was difficult to predict the changes in the education scenario pertaining to job opportunities as it was dictated by market forces, he observed.
The Vice-Chancellor advised the parents and the students to have a clear idea of what subject the student wanted to choose for higher studies well in advance. Before joining a college, parents and students should do extensive research about the college and the course. They should also enquire about the fee structure.
Students should keep updating their skills and knowledge and identify the areas where they needed improvement. Communication skills and computer knowledge were indispensable. If students found themselves lacking in these skills, they should undergo special training to get updated. Above all, parents should identify the strengths and the interests of their children before suggesting courses to them, Mr.Radhakrishnan said.
G.Mohan Kumar, principal, Park College of Engineering and Tekhnology, said recent statistics revealed that job opportunities in core engineering areas were increasing. Unlike popular perception, IT and IT Enabled Services were not the only sectors which offered employment. Subjects such as Aeronautical Engineering, Production Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Marine, Automobile, Ceramic and Chemical Engineering opened up plenty of job opportunities.
Tony Jawahar, Head of the Department of Electronics and Media Technology, Karunya University, spoke about the scope of media technology. “After IT, media was the fastest growing industry in the country,” he said. B.Tech in Electronics and Media Technology threw open innumerable opportunities in television, radio, web casting, pod casting and satellite communication.
They could also find employment in the music industry, gaming and animation, computer graphics, transmission, production and post production studio, and advertising and marketing too.
K.Vanangamudi, Dean, (Agriculture), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, discussed the scope of emerging areas in agricultural engineering such as B.Tech in Agricultural Information Technology and B.S in Agricultural Business Management. B.Tech in Agricultural Information Technology had immense scope in areas such as e-commerce and e-governance. Graduates of this subject could also find employment as IT Services Facility Manager and in Weather and Crop Forecasting. Agricultural Business Management involved the study of agro food marketing, intellectual property rights and commodity trading among many other related areas.
According to Mr.Vanangamudi, Energy and Environmental Engineering had immense scope as climate change studies were gaining momentum globally. Students opting for this branch could find employment in pollution control and energy conservation areas. Students who wanted to know more about the courses offered at TNAU could visit www.tnau.ac.in.
A.M.Natarajan, Chief Executive, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, said that IT was the only field which assured students employment anywhere in the world. During the last six years, the growth of IT sector in India was phenomenal.
S.Maragatham, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Avinashilingam University for Women, said the university was one among the seven institutions in the country offering a course in Printing Technology.
The demand for teachers in Printing Technology was huge, she added.
The interactive session that followed the discussion had parents clearing their doubts on the possibilities of employment.
One parent expressed concern over the recession in the IT sector.
“The industry expects 10 per cent to 15 per cent recession. The appointment letters might be delayed by about six months. But, the industry has assured the students that it will overcome the recession. Once upon a time, the focus of the industry was on retention of its employees. Now, it has shifted to assessments and competency,” Mr.A.M.Natarajan, said.