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Choose your course then college, experts say at The Hindu Counselling Programme

Staff Reporter

Students told not to blindly choose what their friends are taking

–Photo: K. V. Ramana

For a bright future:A student getting her doubts clarified over the functioning of web-counselling at the career counselling jointly conducted by The Hindu Education Plus and Vignan University in Nizamabad on Wednesday.

NIZAMABAD: Academic experts from different fields of engineering and pharmacy advised parents not to thrust courses on their wards and instead leave it to them to select the branch of their choice. They also said that students should not imitate their friends while selecting courses.

The career counselling for EAMCET candidates jointly conducted by The Hindu Education Plus, the Vignan University, 93.5 Red FM Radio and TV5 at the Pragathi Bhavan conference hall here on Wednesday had large number of students coming to get expert opinions.

Relative concepts

Professors from Kshatriya College of Engineering (KCE), the Nizam Institute of Pharmacy, Scientific and Reference Laboratories and Vignan University explained to the students that every course in engineering was good and that good and bad was a relative concept. “You must accord your first preference to a course and then to a college”, they said.

Listing out precautions that should be taken while selecting courses in engineering, Prof. Venkat Rao, Dean of KCE said that staff, placement activities, digital labs, internet facilities, NCC and, extra-curricular activities should also be looked at during the selection of a course in a particular institution. He told the students that their chances were more for a stream like mechanical engineering.

Differences explained

Explaining at length the difference between Computer Science Engineering (CSE) and Information Technology (IT), Dr. B. Ram Prasad said that the majority portion for the two courses were common, except the emphasis of the two courses would be different. He said that the next decade will be the decade for IT as there were plenty of opportunities sprouting in the field. He also added that 1.5 trillion US dollars were being invested in the IT sector now.

Prof. A. Bhavathi Rao, Principal and Head of Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) in KCE said that unless students had good knowledge of mathematics and physics they should not choose this branch as all the mathematical formulae learnt in childhood were to applied in it.

List colleges first

Clarifying doubts expressed by students Dr. M. Venkat Ramana, Principal of Vignan Engineering College, Hyderabad, suggested that students categorise colleges first because there were umpteen colleges and courses. “Now-a-days students of any branch should have inter-disciplinary knowledge”, he said.

Dr. D. Harinarayana, Assistant Professor of the Nizam Institute of Pharmacy asked students to not be confused between Pharma D and doctorate in Pharmacy. Both are different and Pharma D is only a graduate level course, he said. He added that pharmacy is largely a research oriented course.

Happy parents

Deputy Editor for The Hindu, K. Srinivas Reddy, explained the precautions that should be taken while filling the application for web counselling in engineering. Professors and parents praised The Hindu for its efforts to create awareness about engineering courses.

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