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SIMILAR BRANCHES / BRANCH GROUPS, NO DISCRIMINATION PLEASE


Various national & state level counselings are in progress & students are confused a lot in choosing a right branch. The CS is being preferred over IT whereas the electronics & communication is given weight over the electronics & electrical, without knowing the nature of subjects taught. Here we take you through the overview of the similar set of branches/ branch groups to enable you to choose a branch without discrimination.

 

Information Technology (IT) / Computer Science Engg.(CSE):

 

Computer Science (CSE)branch primarily specializes in the core computing area. It offers subjects such as logic advanced programming, computer languages, embedded systems, distributed operating systems, compiler design, and advanced net works. Computer scientists study what programs can and cannot do, how programs can efficiently perform specific tasks, how programs should store and retrieve specific kinds of information, how programs might behave intelligently, and how programs and people should communicate with each other.

 

So with this knowledge you can find work in corporations like GE Research Centre, Microsoft Research. On the other hand Information Technology deals with dynamic analysis of evolving plethora of information and applying it towards the manipulation of design and development of communication strategies.

 

The IT branch has object- oriented programming, database structures, Software project management, software engineering, and functional programming, System Analysis and Design and deals with development of application packages and usage of computers. Emphasis is on networking, communication, web engineering, security , hardware design and management. Some universities also provide specialized knowledge on the analysis and design of information systems.

 

You can work with corporate bodies like Infosys, Accenture, Wipro etc. Between CSE, IT unless you have a research Orientation, it would make sense for you to choose IT specialization. But in terms of number of seats in Andhra Pradesh CSE (54925) scores over IT (29300). So it would be easier to get CSE than IT.

 

Electronics & Telecommunication / Electronics & Instrumentation


Though electronics forms the common core, in each semester from the fourth semester onwards, the course offerings differ quite a bit. The telecommunication option has papers like television engineering, radiation and propagation, microwave laboratory, radar and navigation, antenna theory etc. It is primarily suited to individuals interested in working in the telecom vertical. The operating discipline here is telecommunication domain.

 

The Instrumentation specialisation is a recent offering and very few colleges do offer this specialisation. Here you would do courses like analytical instrumentation, computer networks, real time and embedded systems, robotics, transducer laboratory amongst others. It is more hardcore electronics and hence job opportunities would be there in almost all verticals, which have electronics. Unless you have a special interest for telecom, it might make sense to opt for plain electronics or a combination with instrumentation

 

Industrial Engg. / Production Engg. :

 

Production engineering attempts to teach the courses like metal cutting, thermal engineering, process control, Mechatronics, mechanical systems, dynamics of machines etc. It primarily equips the student to work in large scale industrial concerns like BHEL, NTPC, Dow Chemicals, and Tata Steel etc. On the contrary, Industrial engineering is slightly more sophisticated in terms of its course of ferings. It has subjects like cost estimation, quality control, facilities engineering, evolutionary optimization, reliability engineering etc. It deals with work that precedes actual manufacturing and is heavily computing dependent. Work invariably would not be in the shop floor , but in the control room.

 

Electrical Engg./ Electronics Engg


Both the disciplines have core papers on electrical and electronics domain like electromagnetic theory, circuit analysis, digital electronics, and microprocessors amongst others. While the electronics specialisation then moves on to offer a range of electives encompassing all the allied fields like instrumentation, telecommunications, computing and IT, the electrical specialisation moves into focused papers on the sector.

 

From the fourth semester onwards, you have papers like Generation of electrical power, power electronics, transmission engineering. Static protective relays, electrical machines, which help you develop competency in electrical engineering vertical. In other words work by GE, Siemens, Schineder Electric, BHEL, NTPC etc. If you are not very clear as to what it is that you want to do in electronics, but have general liking for circuit branches, then you must opt for electronics engineering.

 


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