Go for core engineering subjects

Jayaprakash Gandhi addressing students. –

Jayaprakash Gandhi addressing students. –   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

Amutha Kannan

‘They are seen as emerging fields in careers’

Look out for civil, textiles, material science, geo-informatics, petroleum and refining engineering

Every civil engineer, even failed candidates, is employed

COIMBATORE: It is not imperative to undergo a course only in computer science to work in an Information Technology (IT) company, education consultant Jayaprakash Gandhi said here on Thursday.

“A degree in any core engineering subject is enough,” he added.

Speaking at a course-guidance session at the education fair organised by The Hindu Education Plus, he said that those pursuing core engineering courses would have double the amount of opportunities in the future when compared to those who had knowledge only in IT.

Underlining the importance of choosing the right institution, he said: “Where you study and how you study makes a lot of difference. Those who have cut off marks above 182 should give weightage to the institution; while those who have less than 182 should give weightage to the course.”

Mr. Gandhi said that out of every five graduates, only one got a job. Out of those, 70 per cent were not happy with their career.

“On the one side companies are hiring; while on the other they are firing,” he warned.

For the coming academic year, Mr. Gandhi listed out civil engineering, ocean engineering, textile engineering, materials science, geo-informatics, petroleum and refining engineering, pharmaceuticals and electro-chemical engineering, as ones to look out for as they are seen as emerging fields in careers.

To those who believed that civil engineering did not have prospects, he said that every civil engineer was employed.

An educationist added that even a civil engineer who had failed was employed.

“But, there are electronics and communication engineers without jobs,” Mr. Gandhi said. Before joining college, he asked students to equip themselves with communication skills, general knowledge and current affairs.

He said that students should visit institutions to check on the infrastructure and also interact with students studying there to get a clear picture about it.

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