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Computer Science – a Digital Way of Career

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A career in the computer science sector is one of the most talked about today among students and youth. The pool of qualified computer professionals keeps increasing annually but job opportunities also multiply in tandem. The range of industries in which a qualified computer specialist could secure employment cuts across every sector. This is hardly surprising when you consider that computer technology has pervaded every aspect of day to day life.

Industry prospects

The economical and efficient services provided by the Indian computer sector have earned widespread worldwide acceptance;

Do you Know ?
The estimated size of the global market for IT services is US$ 70 trillion ;NASSCOM has estimated that exports by the Indian IT sector will touch US$ 175 billion by the year 2020;The domestic sector size has been projected at around US$ 50 billion for the year 2020 ;.
Indian computer professionals have earned a name for themselves in the United States of America, United Kingdom , Australia and Canada;
Businesses in Dubai, Singapore and Thailand are also beginning to look to India for computer technology related services;


Options after 12th standard

To be eligible to seek admission to an undergraduate course for B.E. / B. Tech. (Computer Engineering), the candidate should have passed the 10+2 examination or any equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
The other undergraduate courses available for students who wish to make a career in the computer sector include B. Sc. (Computer Science), B. Sc. (Computer Applications), B. Sc. (Computer Maintenance & Electronics), B. Sc. (Computer Science Statistics), and B. Sc. (Mathematics & Computer Science)
Students who intend to do a Diploma in Computer Engineering should have passed the 10+2 examination or any equivalent examination with Science.

Options after graduation

After graduation as B.E. / B.Tech. (Computer Engineering), the student is eligible to seek admission to a course in M.E. / M. Tech. (Computer Engineering). Admission to the M.E. / M. Tech. (Computer Engineering) is on the basis of the applicants score in the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) examination.
A graduate with B. Sc. (Computer Science) is eligible for admission to a course in M. Sc. (Computer Science).
For the Masters in Computer Applications (MCA) course, the college / university conducts its own entrance examination or relies on the test conducted by the state.

Diploma Course

The diploma courses include Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Interior Space, Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Computer Science,. Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Hardware, Diploma in Advanced Computing, Advanced Diploma in Software Management, etc.

Certificate Courses

The certificate courses available include Certificate Course in Computer Concepts, Certificate Course in Computing, Certificate Course in Personal Computer Software, etc.

Leading institutes and colleges

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati;
Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai;
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur;
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur;
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras;
Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi;
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee;
National Institute of Technology, Surathkal;
National Institute of Technology, Trichy;
National Institute of Technology, Warangal;
Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad;
Delhi College of Engineering, New Delhi;
College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai;
Jadavpur University, Kolkata;
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani;
Computer Society of India, Chennai;
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune;
Department of Electronics and Accreditation of Computer Courses, New Delhi;
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai

The admission to IITs is on the basis of performance in the IIT JEE while that to NITs is linked to the JEE Mains examination. Other institutes such as BITS, Pilani either conduct their own admission test e.g. BITSAT or rely on Common Entrance Test (CET)
The cost of a course in the IITs may range between Rs.2.00 lakh to Rs.3.00 lakh. Private engineering colleges are expensive but the fees, hostel charges, etc depend on the standing and reputation of the college and there could be substantial variations.
The course content would ordinarily include Systems Software, Data Communication & Networking, Digital Logic Fundamentals, Data Structures & Algorithms, Computer Architecture & Organisation, etc.

Job profile

Hardware engineering is a fusion of electrical and electronic engineering, but the engineer deals only with computers and computer accessories. The engineer’s role encompasses research, testing, design, and installation of computer hardware and peripherals such as circuit boards, computer memory chips, disk drives, modems, printers, keyboards, etc.

Employability Skills

Excellence in mathematics
Logical thinking
Above average communication skills specially in English
Ability to think out-of-the-box

Prospective Employers

Computer specialists are in demand in almost every industry in the economy. The world is networked and there is virtually no enterprise that is not computer driven. The computer industry demand largely emanates from database management companies, data communications companies, design support enterprises, simulations manufacturers, etc.

Leading Employers

i.Cisco Limited;
ii.Sun Microsystems Limited;
iii.Wipro Technologies Limited;
iv.HCL Limited;
v.Dell Inc.;
vi.Toshiba Corporation;
ix.Apple Inc.;
x.ASUSTEK Computers Inc.;
xi.IBM Limited;
xii.Hewlett-Packard Limited;
xiii.NEC Corporation

Compensation Packages

A fresh computer science graduate from an average engineering college could expect a month salary in the range of Rs.15,000/- to Rs.25,000/-. After gaining experience of 3 to 4 years, the monthly salary would be close to Rs.40,000/-. There would be scope for offshore postings which would be lucrative.
Computer science graduates who opt to enter the teaching profession and secure employment in colleges / universities would start their career with monthly salary of around Rs.20,000/- plus dearness allowance, HRA, etc.

Pluses and minuses

A good starting salary;
Expanding sector with ample promotion opportunities;

Tremendous competition for the best positions;
Need for several years of study and on-the-job training before commencement of career proper

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