Association of Department of Computer Science and Engineering & Information Technology inaugurated at college

  Cloud computing, which envisages conversion of hardware into software, and sharing of computer resources and provision of information technology (IT) services through a drastic reduction in the use of hardware, would be the solution to the problem posed by the accumulation of e-waste, said V. Ramachandran, professor, Department of Information Science and Technology, Anna University.

He was inaugurating the Association of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) & Information Technology at Kingston Engineering College (KEC) at Christianpet near here on Saturday. Mr. Ramachandran said that device independency had come into effect because of the need to safeguard the globe from e-waste. With each engineering college in the State having 300 computers, there would be about 1.5 lakh computers in the nearly 500 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. Within three years, these computers would become obsolete and would have to be replaced. The disposal of accumulating obsolete computers has posed a serious environmental problem.

Mr. Ramachandran said that the calculator which was widely used about a decade ago had become redundant today as it was inbuilt in cellphone. Today, there is no need even for a computer keyboard as the keyboard had come as software embedded in a hand-held Internet-enabled cellphone or other IT device. Research was being carried on the world over to simulate the computer hardware as software in such a way that one computer server could host hundreds of machines as software, thus reducing the number of computers used by the people. This would lead to effective place management and e-waste management, he said, and called upon the CSE/IT students to focus on studies related to conversion of hardware into software. CSE/IT would play a vital role in the development of green engineering and science. “You have to develop your skills to meet the needs of the industry,” he said.

Mr. Ramachandran urged them to constantly update their knowledge on CSE/IT in view of the quick obsolescence of knowledge in these fields. He advised them to avoid relying merely on the university-prescribed textbooks, which contained only a certain set of questions and answers. The practice of students concentrating only on the questions and answers available in the textbooks was not conducive to effective and proper learning of the subject. “You should learn by doing things,” he said.

Pointing out that the IT sector had picked up after a recent slowdown, Mr. Ramachandran said that out of 1.75 lakh students likely to be admitted to 509 engineering colleges in the State - including 42 new colleges on completion of the ongoing counselling process - one lakh students would be admitted in the circuit branches comprising CSE/IT, Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE), Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) and Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering in view of the students' preference to these branches. Of these one lakh students, 60,000 would be admitted to CSE and IT alone. The reason for this was the skill development that had taken place in the engineering colleges in these branches. Employability, and not employment, was the criterion for software engineers, he said.

Mr. Ramachandran said that the number of qualified technical teachers was not commensurate with the number of colleges that had sprung up. As against the requirement of 25,000 qualified teachers in the circuit branches in the engineering colleges, there were only 3000 qualified teachers. Almost 95 per cent of these qualified teachers were in the age group of 30 to 35. “It is hard to find teachers in the 35-55 age group in engineering colleges,” he said.

Later, Mr. Ramachandran delivered a special lecture on ‘Distributed service models.'

G. Baskar, Principal, KEC, said that B.E. Civil Engineering would be started in KEC from the current academic year. The college was awaiting the approval of the All India Council for Technical Education. The intake in ECE is likely to be doubled from 60 to 120. The college, at present, offered B.E. in CSE, IT, ECE, EEE and Mechanical Engineering and MBA, he said. Chitra, Head of the Department of CSE & IT, welcomed the gathering.

  • Students urged to focus on studies related to conversion of hardware into software
  • “Stop relying merely on university-prescribed textbooks”