There’s more to Engineering than just the usual choices. Here are a few off-beat courses you should take a look at
Dual Degree Programmes
IITs and BITS-Pilani offer dual degree programmes through which students can earn two degrees from engineering and science streams. Instead of the conventional four year programme, a dual degree program lasts for five years and students take up courses in both the degree programmes in their third and fourth year. In BITS – Pilani, a combination of M.Sc (Hons) Economics and Engineering courses like Chemical, Computer Science, EEE and Mechanical Engineering are usually the most sought after. IITs offer a B.Tech-M.Tech five integrated programme in various streams. A dual degree programme opens up innumerable opportunities for students during placements, depending on what courses they have taken up.
Electronics and Telematics
Electronics and Telematics (ETM) is a branch of engineering which sees the culmination of electronics and telecommunication using informatics (telematics). Students who take up this course analyse and design different telecommunication protocols and their applications in different technologies like – Telemedicine, Vehicle tracking, Telemetry & Telecontrol in industries. The course is considered to be similar to ECE but ECE students study convectional Electronic Communication subjects where as in ETM emphasis is laid on computer communication subjects like computer networks, ISDN, ATM networks, Advanced Telecommunication Technologies and its applications. This course is offered in the state only at G Narayanamma Institute of Technology & Science
This distinguished field of engineering was born out of mankind’s earliest professions — the craft of metal working. As a course of study, Metallurgical Engineering offers the study and production of metallic components. It is a practical application of the science of metals. Presently, this course is offered at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Technology, Hyderabad and also at MGIT, Hyderabad. The university offers an intake of 40 students, while MGIT provides 60 seats for the course.
This branch of engineering deals with physical science and life sciences and is involved in converting raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms. Chemical engineering as a course is offered at very few colleges in the city. Aurora’s Scientific and Technological Institute, Bhoj Reddy College of Engineering for Women and CBIT offer Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering. Their current intake is 60 students.
Engineering Physics is a combination of physics, engineering and mathematics. Very few colleges in India like IIT-Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and IT-BHU offer this programme. It offers an in-depth study of applied physics with a speciality in areas like optics, quantum physics, materials science, nanotechnology, microfabrication, aerodynamics and energy. Apart from a Bachelors Degree, the Department of Physics at IIT-Mumbai also offers a Master and PhD in Engineering Physics. Students can sit for placements for organisations like ISRO, DRDO, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.