KARIMNAGAR, JULY 18, 2023: The B Tech Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) continue to be in demand over other traditional courses due to placement opportunities, Dr K Srinivasa Rao, Principal, Jyothishmathi Institute of Technology and Sciences (JITS) autonomous college in Karimnagar town.
The non-updated syllabus, which does not suit industrial needs and lacks placement options, has led to very few takers for the traditional mechanical, electrical and civil engineering branches. However, the Minor programme in Computer related courses is also being offered for all branches and a degree will be awarded as a dual degree for example B Tech in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Excerpts of an interview with Dr KS Rao:
Why are the students opting for only CSE, AI and computer-related courses?
Technological developments have demanded the usage of computer science in every field right from Agriculture to Aerospace. This has produced huge job potential in the area of software. The salary package offered by software industries is far more than that being offered by core industries. Moreover, the nature of the job in software is more comfortable and luxurious than others. This has become more attractive to choose CSE and related branches.
Why other core branches were neglected?
The job potential, salary packages and the nature of the Job are more attractive in software. In core branches like Civil, Mechanical and Electrical the nature of the job is field based and government jobs exist in which recruitment does not happen every year and the jobs in the private sector do exist but with less salaries. However, with the advent of the Internet, the evolution of smart systems like smart agriculture, smart cities, buildings, Drones etc is rapidly progressing. The students of core branches should get trained for better job opportunities.
What will be the future of Engineering education if the present craze continues?
The future can’t be predicted because changes in education are taking place regularly. As per AICTE, the number of credits required to get a degree is 160. However, Honour and Minor programs are being introduced for extra credit of 18- 20. The Minor program in Computer related courses is being offered for all branches and a degree will be awarded as a dual degree For example B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
What measures are to be taken to attract students to traditional branches?
At present Programming languages and other computer-related courses must be introduced in core branches like Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics to meet the software industry requirements so that they can also get jobs in software industries.