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JAIPUR: With consumer electronics and mobile companies making hay even in hard economic and financial times, electronics and communication (EC) branch continues to be the most sought after among aspiring engineers.


Over the years, the branch's popularity has surpassed that of computer sciences (CS), another favourite among students, in terms of number of seats in engineering colleges affiliated to the Rajasthan Technical University (RTU).


According to RTU officials, EC has 12,500 seats against 11,453 seats for CS out of a total 54,032 seats in 151 engineering colleges. These include 11 government colleges


Electrical and civil engineering too seem to be making a comeback. Earlier given a cold shoulder by meritorious students, the core branches have witnessed a gradual rise in popularity due to opening up of various attractive career options.


Several colleges, which have come up after the recession, opted to offer these core branches to students.


The number of seats for these two branches has gone up from 750 in 2007-08 to 7,500 in 2011-12. "The demand for core branches is back with massive government and corporates investment in infrastructure. This trend is likely to continue till a major shift in economic policies," said Shashikant Singhi, director, Poornima Group of Colleges.


This year, 71,000 students have appeared for the Rajasthan Pre-Engineering Test (RPET) vying for 54000 seats, which includes 48,000 for general category, 3000 for weaker sections and 2,880 for the second shift.


Of all 17 branches offered by RTU, both EC and CS constitute for about 40% of the total seats. "Newspaper articles on the boom in electronics sector have helped me in preparing my mind to opt for this branch. Besides, it will give me an opportunity to work with multi-national firms," said Mukesh Gurnani, a student who wishes to opt for EC.


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