Hyderabad: Education is one of society’s cornerstones. It is what makes one useful and productive member of society. However, as the job market is continuously shifting, education needs to shift ahead of it.
The universities worldwide are constantly adding innovative courses to their curriculum that can ensure employability of the students. With several fields of studies waiting to be explored, students are drifting away from engineering and medical fields.
Joining the trend, several Telangana students are also slowly moving away from conventional engineering and choosing other courses.
Prof Vinod Pavarala, HOD at Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad, shares that the interest in liberal arts has increased among students over the years.
He says, “Students, mostly from of the southern States, have been opting for sciences over other subjects for decades now. However, the trend is slowly changing and is visible, too. We have seen that many students want to get into designing — fashion or interior. In fact, the National Institute of Design and National Institute for Fashion Designing are offering some very interesting courses.”
“Similarly, several private schools are introducing liberal arts to the senior students, as there is an interest among the pupils for that subject. Another field of study that has garnered much interest is Law. With institutions offering five-year combined courses of Law, students who are interested in public administration and social issues are moving towards these fields of study,” adds Prof Pavarala.
Not just in Indian universities, students are exploring newer courses in foreign institutes as well.
Sanjay Gupta, owner of JSG Certified Consultants, says, “Engineering is still the priority. However, many students who want to go abroad are looking for courses in Pharmaceutical, Literature, Business Manager and even Social Sciences. There are also students who approach us for courses in fashion or interior designing courses in foreign institutions. So, it is safe to say that the Telugu students, who were known for their preference for engineering courses are looking out for more options.”
Interestingly, even after finishing their undergraduate degree in engineering, many pursue completely unrelated subjects for masters.
Prof Pavarala shares, “During the interview for our courses we see so many students from the engineering background. When asked they generally say that they did engineering due to their parents or they didn’t know what else could be done. But now students are more aware about which subjects they want to pursue right from school.”
Keeping pace with the changing world, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, has also introduced new engineering streams in the colleges.
“The world of science is evolving. New technologies are emerging every year. We don’t want our students to stay behind. So we introduced several new streams including Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security and Data Science. These course with help the student’s employability,” says the University Registrar, Manzoor Hussain.
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