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ENGINEERING STRUCTURES: School of Architecture & Planning at Anna University offers a course in architecture.
I would like to know about a career in audio engineering.
Audio engineering is part of audio science dealing with the recording and reproduction of sound through mechanical and electronic means. It draws on many disciplines, including acoustics, psychoacoustics, and music.
Unlike acoustical engineering, audio engineering generally does not deal with noise control or acoustical design. An audio engineer is often more affiliated with technician work rather than engineering. Acoustical engineering relies heavily on the underlying physics and mathematics of sound waves and their propagation.
An audio engineer is someone with experience and training in the production and manipulation of sound through mechanical or digital means (analog and digital).
This person is sometimes designated as a sound engineer. Audio engineers are generally familiar with the design, installation, and/or operation of sound recording, sound reinforcement, or sound broadcasting equipment.
In the recording studio environment, the audio engineer or recordist is a person recording, editing, manipulating, mixing and mastering sound by technical means in order to realise an artist's or record producer's creative vision.
While usually being associated with music production, an audio engineer may be involved in dealing with sound for a wide range of applications, including post-production for video and film, live sound reinforcement, advertising, multimedia, broadcasting.
Audio engineers operate mixing consoles, microphones, signal processors, tape machines, digital audio workstations, sequencing software and speaker systems. In Chennai, private institutes such as SAE College offers courses in audio engineering.
I am a final-year student in computer science engineering, I would like to know about the institutes offering programmes in embedded systems and the career opportunities.
An embedded system is a special-purpose system in which the computer is completely encapsulated by the device it controls. Unlike a general-purpose computer, such as a personal computer, an embedded system performs one or a few pre-defined tasks, usually with very specific requirements. Since the system is dedicated to specific tasks, design engineers can optimise it, reducing the size and cost of the product. Embedded systems are often mass-produced, so the cost savings may be multiplied by millions of items.
Today, any object can have tiny computers embedded in them. As an embedded systems developer, you will build software for special-purpose computer systems that are completely encapsulated by the devices they control. Whether working as part of a multi-disciplinary team or as an individual contributor, a successful career in this field requires strong analytic, diagnostic and problem-solving skills and the ability to generate ideas and solutions.
Engineers who relish a challenge and are never tired of exploring new vistas can look for a fulfilling career in Embedded Systems Technology. Training in Embedded Systems would equip the student to be proficient in both the software and hardware aspects of Information Technology.
The skill sets required to excel in the field includes hard coding skills. Embedded devices are either coded in C, C++ or Java. Languages like ADA or FORTRAN are also extant. Some assembly language skills, like competency in ARM are also a necessity.
In Chennai, there are institutes such as AU-PERS Centre at Anna University offering courses and programmes in embedded systems.
I am doing Plus-Two and would like to know about architecture as a career. What are the examinations one is required to take for joining a B. Arch course?
Architecture is the study dealing with planning and designing of building and structures. Architects engage themselves in designing of a variety of structures including houses, apartments and colonies, offices and industrial complexes, hospitals, hotels, airport terminals, stadia, shopping and commercial complexes, schools, etc. They provide professional services to individuals and organisations not only regarding new constructions but also alterations and renovations.
Anybody who has studied Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry at the 10+2 level can apply for admission to study architecture at the graduate level in colleges offering the course. B. Arch is a 5-year course and most of the universities select students through a written test. On completion of the graduate course, if interested, one can study postgraduate programmes which vary from 18 months to two years.
Entrance test for B. Arch courses: The Council of Architecture conducts an aptitude test, NATA, on an all-India basis for admission to colleges of Architecture. Engineering colleges select students on the basis of the results to the appropriate engineering courses. Some other renowned institutes like Anna university carry their own selection tests to identify suitable candidates, while some give weightage to Class XII marks and conduct entrance examinations to select students.
The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA Test) measures the aptitude of applicant for Architecture. The test measures aesthetic sensitivity, critical thinking, that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are related to Architecture.
NATA Test is offered year-round at test centres located at colleges/ schools of architecture in India. For further information about NATA, you can visit www.nata.in.
Some of the colleges/institutions/universities offering graduate/postgraduate courses in Architecture are mentioned below.
School of Planning & Architecture, 4, Block-B, IP Estate, New Delhi 110002.
Punjab University, Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh 160012.
School of Architecture CEPT, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380009.
Lucknow University, Govt. College of Architecture, Tagore Road, Lucknow 226002.
Goa University, College of Architecture, Campal Panaji, Goa - 1.
University of Mumbai, Sir J.J. College of Architecture, 78/3, Dr. D.N. Road, Mumbai 400001.
Indian Education Society's College of Architecture, 791, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050.
Pune University, Marathwada Mitra Mandal College of Architecture, 302, A, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune 411004.
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, School of Planning & Architecture, Mahavir Marg, Hyderabad 500028.
Kerala University, College of Engineering, Thiruvananthpuram 695016.
Anna University, School of Architecture & Planning, Sardar Patel Road, Chennai 600025.
IPS Academy, School of Architecture, Rajendra Nagar, Indore 452012.
Bengal Engineering College, PO Botanic Garden, Howrah, West Bengal.
Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Sushant lok, District Gurgaon, Haryana.
Vastu Kala Academy , School of Architecture & Interior Designing, 9/1, Institutional Area, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067.
I am in final-year electronics and communication engineering. Please let me know about a courses in digital design.
The National institute of Design-Bangalore centre has introduced a new postgraduate programme in design for digital experience this year.
Design for Digital Experience focuses on human experience in the context of designing products (information kiosks, handheld communication and navigation devices, etc) and services (e-health, e-banking software applications, digital libraries) in the digital/electronic domain.
NID also offers another programme in Information and Digital Design.
The two-year programme in Information and Digital Design is aimed at providing the students with adequate knowledge and training which will enable them to design effective and accessible products for a wide range of audience and media from print to digital, from education to Artificial Intelligence.
For further information, you can visit www.nid.edu.
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