Students prefer professional courses over regular degree, say experts
Admissions to this prominent engineering college in the city is based on a state-level eligibility entrance examination.pune Updated: Jun 12, 2018 17:02 IST
“With the job market crossing new levels of competitiveness, students today are required to be job ready and so, many students prefer beginning the professional training at the undergraduate level itself. Popularity of engineering courses rose based on this principle and now the same principle is also driving many towards pharma courses,” said Prof Shashikant Tukaram Vagge, department of metallurgy and materials, College of Engineering Pune (COEP).
Admissions to this prominent engineering college in the city is based on a state-level eligibility entrance examination. According to the college officials, around 2,000 students made it to the counselling session out of the total 3.9 lakh students who wrote the Maharashtra common entrance test (MH-CET) 2017.
“Every year, we have a huge number of students trying for admissions here but we have only limited seats. Over the years, more students are trying for electronic and telecommunication engineering and computer engineering, due to the growing job markets in the sectors,” added Vagge.
AtMaharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), a similar trend was seen in terms of the engineering courses. According to officials, while last year admission process witnessed 6 to 7 applications for one engineering seat, this year, the number has risen to 13. The college has close to 7,000 seats for engineering courses.
Similar trend was witnessed in terms of management courses, likeBachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and also Law course(LLB).
“Many students are opting for specialised courses because of the growing need in the market which provides wider employment opportunities. Also, higher salaries provided to students from these courses as opposed to anyone from a general course, increases the demand for admissions here,” said Anupam Siddhartha, director,Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication (SCMC).
According toSiddhartha, such courses provide opportunities to specialize at the beginning of their career.“General courses provide a conventional base for higher education in the discipline, allowing more time for students to figure out what they truly want to pursue. On the other hand, these specialised courses make them job ready,” he added.
At Symbiosis International University (deemed), college authorities informed that BBA applications have gone up close to 11,000 applications in 2017 and over 12,000 in 2018.Even applications for LLB rose from 7,000 to 8,000 applications this year.