EIE - the new age multi-utility course
Experts advise students to go for the hybrid course, which offers a plethora of opportunities in India and abroad, writes G. RAVIKIRAN
New technology: Hybrid solar cooking lab attracting the attention of visitors at an electronics design expo.—
Electronics and instrumentation engineers have a plethora of opportunities spread across a wide spectrum of industries in India and abroad. There are plenty of employment chances if one does a B.Tech course in electronics & instrumentation engineering (EIE).
The B.Tech (EIE) degree course is an excellent hybrid course formulated from the electronics and instrumentation subjects leading to multifaceted opportunities that will otherwise be unavailable to those doing electronics and instrumentation courses separately.
A common thing now in the US and UK is that their modern Electrical Engineering Departments have introduced hybrid courses, which are offered with course content drawn from any two basic courses from subjects like electronics, instrumentation, computer engineering and son on.
There will be immense chances for research, patent and product realisation thanks to the seamless integration of these basic and time-tested subjects in a hybrid course, says Dr. N.N. Sastry, head of the department of EIE at the VR Siddhartha Engineering College (VRSEC), Vijayawada. He says that it is for this reason, many modern universities in +India and abroad nurture offer hybrid courses even at the risk of initial sluggishness in getting wider acceptance.
With ‘innovate or perish’ being the buzzword in engineering community, hybrid disciplines offer wide scope for innovation and stability since new areas for research will constantly emerge.
Dr. Sastry says that in this backdrop, one has to view the hybrid courses from the point of their ever expanding nature. Knowledge in basic spheres alone is found to be inadequate to meet current day needs. It is for this reason that hybrid courses have come into vogue and are being vigorously pursued by many modern universities across the world. The electronics & instrumentation course covers electronic measurements, transducers & sensor technology, programmable logic controllers, embedded systems, digital signal processing, digital electronics, microprocessors, VLSI design, automation, process control, microcontroller based subsystems & systems, biomedical instrumentation, basics of communication, electromagnetic field theory, computer networks etc.
The primary focus of electronics & instrumentation engineering is the development and implementation of electronic instruments and subsystems for the purpose of measuring, monitoring, and recording physical phenomena. Electronic subsystems/systems developed by electronic instrumentation engineers include analog, digital, and mixed signal electronic devices, electronic safety and security systems, exotic sensor technology based devices etc.
Major users of these instruments include industries that rely on automated processes, such as chemical, textile, steel and other manufacturing units. They depend on these devices for safety and for improving productivity and reliability. A lot of opportunity also exists in Oil and Natural gas production and distribution, biomedical engineering, and in metrology.
The EIE graduates are needed almost in every industry - Chemical, Drugs & Pharmaceuticals, Aluminum, Steel, Mining & Metallurgy Paper, Textile, Consumer electronics, Space, Defence R&D, Remote sensing, Aerospace industry, AAI, Indian Railways, Nuclear Power stations, Power sector etc.
It is because of the wide opportunity that in Tamilnadu alone there are about 50 or more engineering colleges offering EIE course and 14 colleges offering instrumentation and controls as there are several industries in and around Chennai and Coimbatore offering jobs in this area. In Andhra Pradesh, there are about 48 engineering colleges offering EIE course and 21 engineering colleges offering instrumentation and controls course. In Pune, there are 6 engineering colleges offering EIE course.
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