Ahead of the Single Window System of counselling by Anna University, Chennai, for filling seats under the government quota, the Confederation of Indian Industry - Erode Zone, on Saturday oriented students on the factors to consider before choosing the desired engineering college and branch.

Through its ‘Session on Engineering Counselling - Free Guidance to Students and Parents’, the CII conveyed a perspective of the Indian economy with respect to scope for revival of manufacturing sector and the job prospects in the different areas of engineering.

The programme inaugurated by C. Devarajan, Managing Director, URC Construction Pvt Ltd., was addressed by SKM Shree Shivkumar, Chairman, CII Erode Zone and Managing Director, SKM Egg Products Export India Ltd.; S. Subramanian, Vice-Chancellor, Karpagam University, Coimbatore; S. Arumugam, former Additional Director of Technical Education and Chief Executive Officer, Nandha Educational Institutions; and K.K.S.K. Rafiq, Vice-Chairman, CII Erode Zone and Managing Director KKSK Hides Pvt. Ltd.

The speakers sought to impress upon the audience the need to consider vital factors such as the faculty strength, the placement, and the eco system to adapt to the industry requirements before choosing the institution and the branch.

Prof. Subramanian called upon students to shed ‘herd-mentality’ in choosing courses, and to be thorough in the concepts irrespective of the branch they choose in order to fit into industry requirements.


There were several jobs in the SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) sector that the students could aspire to take up after their engineering education, Mr. Rafiq said.

EBET Group of Educational Institutions, Erode Sengunthar Engineering College, Excel Engineering College, Muthayammal Engineering College, Nandha Educational Institutions, Sri Guru Institute of Technology and Vivekananda Educational Institutions for Women exhibited the courses they offer and the facilities in the campuses.