Dual engineering has good scope in job market Q & A

All ears: A student listens to experts with rapt attention at The Hindu Education Plus EAMCET counselling in Kurnool on Tuesday.  

B. Chandrashekhar

KURNOOL: Here are some of the commonly asked questions asked by students and their parents and the answers given by subject experts and resource persons at The Hindu Education Plus career counselling held at Kurnool on Tuesday:

What are dual engineering courses?

Dual engineering courses are tailored courses as per the demands of the job market to enable the students with abilities in more than one field. The concept was first popularised by VIT, Vellore.

The students pursuing a five-year dual engineering degree course will complete two courses at a time and they will be given two degree certificates on completion of the course. For example B.Tech and MBA integrated course has a good demand in the job market. However, the dual degree course can prove disadvantageous if the student fails to put proper efforts to pursue two different subjects.

What is the future for B.Tech biotechnology course?

Biotechnology is applicable in every life science and holds good prospects in the job market.

The field is likely to play a key role in the health sector as re-generation of human organs with the help of stem cells (tissue engineering) to fight different diseases will be crucial in future. The course also offers number of scholarships for higher education abroad.

Still, the Indian job market for biotechnology engineers is limited. Those willing to pursue the course must look out for good laboratory facilities in the colleges of their choice.

What holds in future for naval architecture course?

The course has a bright future with vast job opportunities in ship designing, construction and maintenance. The sector is yet to be explored fully in India, in spite of the fact that the country has a vast sea shore and marine wealth. Similar courses like marine engineering, oceanography and nautical sciences engineering are also being offered by some colleges.

How useful is Pharma D course in India?

The six-year integrated course is being introduced first time in the country from the current academic year. Pharmacy courses hitherto were drug based, but the new course will be clinical based. As the first batch of the course is likely to roll out only in 2014, its future depends on how the medical sector accepts the Pharma D graduates. We need to wait and watch. But, the course has good demand abroad.

Please explain courses related to aviation.

There are different engineering courses in the fields like aerospace engineering, aeronautical engineering, avionics and others. Aerospace sector deals with cryogenic engines and boosting technology study, particularly related to space.

Aeronautical sector is aircraft and missile designing and maintenance and avionics deals with electronics in the cockpit. All the courses have bright future abroad, but the students must look for good laboratory facilities while opting for it.

Is civil engineering only meant for construction activity?

It deals with designing and execution of structures. Civil engineers can go for value addition by doing diploma courses in interior designing, Auto CAD and others. Girls can also shine in the field if they wish to be dynamic rather than static by doing indoor job courses.

Is sliding possible in web-counselling?

No chance to begin with, but there can be a chance if the seats remain unfilled and the government takes a decision.

Can we take up engineering courses in nano technology?

Like the IT and BT sectors, NT field has a bright future, but it is advised to opt for it at post-graduation level as the students must keep in mind that core subjects will have wide scope for diversification and specialisation can be done later.

If specialised courses are taken at up degree level, the opportunities get narrow as also the scope for further studies.

Is it useful to study medicine outside AP as it’s not included in all-India PG pool?

There is no need to forgo the local advantage at the time of admissions. In spite of the fact that AP is not in the all-India PG pool, a large number of students are getting medical PG seats elsewhere in the country purely on merit.