If the vir­tual world has al­ways fas­ci­nated you, learn more for a ca­reer in the same

India Today - - COMPUTER SCIENCE - By Deepshikha Punj

It all started with Alan Tur­ing, a Bri­tish sci­en­tist and the man con­sid­ered to be the fa­ther of com­puter sci­ence. Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, he de­vised a num­ber of tech­niques for break­ing Ger­man ci­phers. But that was just the be­gin­ning com­puter sci­ence has evolved many folds since. To­day, soft­wares such as Face­book and Twit­ter have taken an im­por­tant po­si­tion in our lives re­sult­ing in con­nec­tion and in­for­ma­tion on the go. It is per­haps the rea­son for im­mense pop­u­lar­ity of com­puter sci­ence en­gi­neer­ing.

A ca­reer in the field is con­sid­ered one of the most high- pay­ing and is full of op­por­tu­ni­ties; par­tic­u­larly when In­dia’s prow­ess in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try is recog­nised across the globe. The field is pri­mar­ily re­lated to de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance of soft­ware. A com­puter engineers can work as a soft­ware or hard­ware en­gi­neer, which are the two main sec­tors in the in­dus­try. “Such engineers are also in de­mand in man­age­ment con­sul­tancy or­gan­i­sa­tions. They can also work as pro­gram­mers, data- based ad­min­is­tra­tors, web de­vel­op­ers and E- com­merce spe­cial­ists with in­dus­tries that build or use com­put­er­based sys­tems, such as telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, au­to­mo­tive, aero­space, petroleum, chem­i­cal and power plants,” says Harpreet Singh, pres­i­dent, JRE Group of In­sti­tu­tions.

He adds that a bach­e­lor in tech­nol­ogy ( B. Tech.) or com­puter ap­pli­ca­tions ( BCA) or even a mas­ter in com­puter ap­pli­ca­tion ( MCA) can be­come an IT en­gi­neer. Ap­pli­cants in­ter­ested in B. Tech. or BCA must prefer­ably have stud­ied higher level math­e­mat­ics, How­ever, there is a strin­gent se­lec­tion pro­ce­dure for com­puter engineers and ad­mis­sion to the BE or B. Tech. course is ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive. An in­tern- ship pro­gram at var­i­ous IT com­pa­nies would garner prac­ti­cal knowl­edge and em­ploy­a­bil­ity and it is a must and can be ei­ther af­ter or dur­ing the course. Ad­di­tion­ally, can­di­dates can also opt for add- on cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cour­ses of­fered by Mi­crosoft, Or­a­cle and Red­hat, to name a few. So that they have higher chances of get­ting hired.

Some of the best com­puter sci­ence col­leges in­clude In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Kan­pur, Kahrag­pur, Bom­bay, Madras, Roor­kee, Delhi and Guwa­hati, Birla In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Mesra, Na­tional In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Trichy and Waran­gal, Delhi Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity, Delhi, BITS Pi­lani, IIT Roor­kee, Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing, Anna Univer­sity, Guindy, Ja­davpur Univer­sity, Cal­cutta and Guru Gobind Singh In­draprastha Univer­sity, New Delhi.

A per­son hired as a com­puter sci­en­tist or en­gi­neer will typ­i­cally start at the soft­ware en­gi­neer level. In course of time, the per­son will move up the lad­der and would be lead­ing teams in a project leader role. They could then be­come project man­agers. Since the in­dus­try is grow­ing fast and their is de­mand for spe­cialised engineers, they can start with 3 lakh up to 6 lakh per an­num.

Re­quire­ment of com­puter engineers has re­sulted in de­vel­op­ment

of the IT sec­tor

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