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Intermediate Board examination is the stage when one has to take a decision, and that crucial choice paves the career path.

The Intermediate Board examination and the other equivalent qualifying examinations have just begun and many consider this 10+2 hurdle as the most important stage in a student's life. This is the stage when one has to take a decision, and that crucial choice paves the career path. The Registrar of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University V. Krishna Mohan points out that it is not easy to come to a conclusion. “The young minds are clouded with many questions such as which course to join, which college to join and what are the opportunities linked to each stream of study. Primarily, the judgement has to be based on the equation between the aptitude - attitude and opportunities available,” he says.



The Registrar suggests, shunning of the ‘herding concept'. “There will be pressure from various external sources such as parents, neighbours and peers- never get into that ‘pressure cooker'. Weigh your aptitude and attitude to take the decision.”



According to him every course has got its own value and opportunities. It only depends on how seriously one takes it up.



Talking of aptitude and attitude, Prof. Krishna Mohan says that is all about recognising the latent talent. “A student may not have a liking towards the subject of mathematics, but he or she may like economics. In such a case- going for engineering study may be a bitter experience. There are many opportunities in the field of economics, right from Reserve Bank to World Bank and from United Nations to government sector.”



He further urges that before joining a college one should do some leg work by visiting the colleges. “Do not depend on brochures and websites,” he cautions. “Seeing is believing,” he says.



Listing out a number of things that one needs to check on before taking decision, he says, “Primarily check on the infrastructure.” “And when I say infrastructure it is not the air-conditioned rooms and buses and landscaping, but how well the library is stocked, the number of journals subscribed and how well the laboratories are equipped.



Also check on the number and quality of faculty. If possible find out how many research papers they have submitted to international journals. To check on all these things, one needs to go to the college and speak to the seniors. And most importantly, delve into the genuineness of the collaborations with the industry and various other institutions and foreign universities and the placement record that the colleges normally boast of.”



Adding up, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of GITAM University D. Harinarayana cautions that one should not mix up between ‘placement and career'.



“Placement or opportunity is short-lived but career is a long term prospect. The demand for software and IT may erode after 10 years and civil engineering may look up. Visualise the future, before taking a decision,” he says.



Sceptical about the much talked of demographic dividend, he says, “The opportunity is there in the form of the demographic dividend but it needs to be channelised in the right direction. Right now we are ticking at 25 engineers per every 100 in the employability quotient and that figure needs to be bettered to reap the demographic dividend and become global leaders.”



Dr. Harinarayana also advises to check on the accreditation of the colleges. “Before joining a college, it is important to verify whether the colleges are recognised by the respective bodies. An engineering college should have the recognition of AICTE, a medical or dental college should have the approval of MCI or DCI respectively and a pharmacy college should be recognised by the PCI. In the case of a university it should be approved by the UGC and rated by the NAAC,” he informs.

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