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Options in instrumentation and control engineering
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Wide scope: Students who pass their M.Tech. degree course with good marks can find plenty of openings in the private sector.
I am a B.Tech. graduate in instrumentation and control engineering, and would like to know more about the higher study options in this discipline.
HARISH R., EMAIL
Instrumentation engineering is a specialised branch of electrical and electronics engineering. It primarily focuses on the principle and operation of measuring instruments, which are used in the design and configuration of automated systems.
Instrumentation and control engineering requires sound knowledge of mathematics, physics, electronics, chemistry and process control.
Instrumentation is the technology of creating, constructing and maintaining the measuring and control devices and systems found in manufacturing plants and research institutions. The discipline is also the basis of mechatronics and robotics engineering.
The main objective of the instrumentation and control engineers is to ensure that these systems and process operates efficiently and safely.
Higher study options
There are several higher study options for meritorious B.Tech. degree holders in instrumentation or instrumentation and control engineering.
Some of them are as follows:
The Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Koramangala, Bangalore, 560034, offers integrated M.Tech.-Ph.D.(Tech) course in astronomical instrumentation in collaboration with the Department of Applied Optics and Photonics, Calcutta University. The duration of the M.Tech. course is two years.
After successful completion of M.Tech. course, a student can opt for registration for Ph.D. (Tech) programme at Calcutta University.
Meritorious B.Tech./ BE in electrical/ instrumentation/ electronics and communication/ computer science and engineering or M.Sc. degree holders in physics/ electronics science/ applied mathematics/ applied physics with good marks are eligible to apply.
The selection is on the basis on an all India level entrance test to be held at Kochi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi, followed by an interview at Bangalore. GATE qualified candidates with 95 percentile and above will be exempted from the entrance test.
The entrance test will consist of multi-choice questions on basic mathematics; physics and advanced physics and engineering subjects.
The selected students will be given a fellowship of Rs.12,000 per month for the first two years and be provided with hostel accommodation and medical facilities.
The classes for the first two semesters will be held at the Department of Applied Optics and Photonics, Calcutta University.
The third and fourth semester of the course will comprise of internship at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics Laboratories at Bangalore and other projects at field stations.
After successful completion of two years in the programme, the candidate will be awarded M.Tech. degree in astronomical instrumentation from Calcutta University.
In the third year of the programme, students who qualify for continuation in the programme leading to the Ph.D. (Tech) degree will begin research work at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore.
The fellowship will be enhanced to that of research fellows as per AICTE norms. The normal duration of the programme will be six years including two years of Master's degree. The candidates would satisfy all the requirements of the university and submit their Ph.D. thesis to the university.
The course structure will include mathematical techniques for astrophysics, electromagnetic and wave optics, astrophysical concepts, optical techniques in astrophysics, optical testing and meteorology, sensors and transducers, observational techniques in astronomy, detecting techniques in astronomy, control electronics and control instrumentation, computational astrophysics, statistics and data–mining, instrumentation molding and simulation, optical and digital image processing.
Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) offers excellent study facilities for M.Tech. level programmes. IITs shortlist students by their GATE score for further test or interview as part of their selection process.
IITs offer monthly assistantships to M.Tech. students. IITs at Delhi and Bombay offer M.Tech. degree in control and instrumentation programme. IIT Madras offers M.Tech. degree in catalysis technology, nuclear and petroleum engineering. Meritorious B.Tech. degree holders in instrumentation/ instrumentation and control engineering with valid GATE score are eligible to apply.
IIT Roorkee conducts M.Tech. programmes in measurement and instrumentation system engineering and operations research.
Meritorious engineering degree holders in electrical, electronics and communication, instrumentation can apply. IIT Roorkee also conducts M.Tech. degree in computer science and engineering and information technology. Bachelor's degree holders in any branch of engineering can apply.
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Calicut, conducts M.Tech. degree course in instrumentation and control systems. Web site: www.nitc.ac.in.
NIT, Tiruchirappalli, also conducts M.Tech. degree course in process control and instrumentation. Meritorious B.Tech. degree holders in instrumentation and control with a valid GATE score are eligible for admission.
Anna University, Coimbatore, offers ME degree course in control and instrumentation. Web site: www.annauniv.ac.in.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University College of Engineering, Kakinada, conducts M.Tech. degree course in instrumentation and control. BE/ B.Tech./ AMIE degree holders in electronics or instrumentation or control engineering with a valid GATE score are eligible for admission.
The admission for candidates who have not qualified the GATE will be based on an entrance test conducted by the university.
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, offers ME degree course in electronics and communication with specialisation in instrumentation and control engineering. Web site:www.bitmesra.ac
Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Cochin, offers M.Tech. degree course in electronics with specialisation in digital electronics, microwave and radar electronics; M.Tech. degree course in computer and information science. Meritorious B.Tech. degree holders in instrumentation are also eligible for admission. Web site:www.cusat.nic.in.
Amrita School of Engineering , Ettimadai, Coimbatore, conducts M.Tech. degree course in embedded systems, computational engineering and networking, remote sensing and wireless sensor networks; computer vision and image processing, and VLSI design. Meritorious BE/ B.Tech.degree holders in instrumentation and control engineering are also eligible for admission.
Amrita Centre for Nano Sciences, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, conducts M.Tech. degree course in nanomedical sciences. B.Tech. degree holders are eligible for admission. The selection is based on the marks scored in the entrance test. Web site: www.amrita.edu.
DOEACC, Calicut Centre, offers M.Tech. degree programme in embedded systems. BE/ B.Tech. degree holders in electronics/ electrical/ instrumentation engineering with at least 60 per cent marks are eligible for admission. Preference will be given to GATE.
Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, conducts ME degree course in control and instrumentation engineering. Web site: www.dce.edu.
Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, Sangrur, Punjab, offers M.Tech. degree course in instrumentation and control engineering. Web site: www.sliet.ac.in.
Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamil Nadu, conducts ME programme in process control and instrumentation engineering. Web site: www.annamalaiuniversity
National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Hatia, Ranchi, offers M.Tech. in environmental engineering. Bachelor's degree holders in any branch of engineering are eligible for admission.
National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, conducts postgraduate diploma course in industrial engineering. GATE qualified first-class engineering/ technology graduates in any branch are eligible for admission. Web site: www.nitie.edu.
Those who qualify M.Tech. degree with good marks or secure Ph.D. in the relevant branch of engineering and technology can find lecturer/ teaching posts in colleges/ institutions. Instrumentation engineers can also find jobs in heavy industries such as steel plants, fertiliser plants, thermal power stations, refineries and research and development departments of public and private sector companies.
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