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Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the most de­mand­ing field and no sec­tor can work with­out de­pend­ing on it

India Today - - COMMUNICATION - By Mar­cia Ro­drigues

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion en­gi­neer­ing in­volves sig­nal pro­cess­ing, net­work­ing, mi­cro­elec­tron­ics, pho­ton­ics, mi­crowaves and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions. It pro­vides a wide range of re­search and scope to ex­plore new work in the field of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. With the help of com­mu­ni­ca­tion en­gi­neer­ing, to­day, we are able to net­work and com­mu­ni­cate across the globe. It is dis­tinct from the other streams of en­gi­neer­ing as it al­lows one to think out of the box and cre­ate some­thing in­no­va­tive.

With the com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem be­com­ing a back­bone for any sec­tor, a com­mu­ni­ca­tions en­gi­neer’s day to day task could in­volve de­sign­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate com­mu­ni­ca­tion’s sys­tem for process con­trol. In the re­search and de­vel­op­ment sec­tor one would en­gage in de­vel­op­ing new and faster means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems. Sub­hash Kumar, Man­ager Larsen & Toubro Limited, one of Asia’s lead­ing en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing ma­jor says, “A com­mu­ni­ca­tion en­gi­neer should know that it is a chal­leng­ing field but it has im­mense scope in the In­dian mar­ket.” The chal­lenge in this field is that it is dy­namic and grow­ing at a fast pace. There­fore, one needs to be up to date with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and also mo­ti­vate oth­ers to change to new tech­nol­ogy that has been in­tro­duced.

Kathir Viswalingam, dean, engi- neer­ing depart­ment, Bharath Univer­sity, Chen­nai says, “One should be strong in fun­da­men­tal and ap­plied math­e­mat­ics and main­tain a log­i­cal rea­son­ing that would help in con­vert­ing sys­tems logic and algorithm.” Sau­rabh Kumar, se­nior fac­ulty, Vidya Mandir Classes says, “Com­mu­ni­ca­tion engineers also have scope in ar­eas like satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The DTH ser­vice that has made satel­lite tele­vi­sion com­mon in In­dian house­holds is a per­fect ex­am­ple of satel­lite based tele­vi­sion.”

With the need for faster and re­li­able com­mu­ni­ca­tion links, engineers of­ten come across chal­lenges such as re­duc­ing noise lev­els from the com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nel and pro­vid­ing bet­ter so­lu­tions that help com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The in­creas­ing de­mand for fur­ther progress in tech­nol­ogy and the urge to make com­mu­ni­ca­tion stronger than be­fore re­quires qual­ity engineers and es­tab­lishes a de­mand for them in the mar­ket. There­fore, one should un­der­stand the req­ui­sites that the pro­fes­sion re­quires and build a strong foun­da­tion for them­selves.

Mo­hit Va­j­payee, a stu­dent at the Bharti School of Tele­com and Man­age­ment, IIT Delhi says, “An in­tern­ship plays an im­por­tant role in help­ing a fresher un­der­stand the pro­fes­sion with a first- hand ex­pe­ri­ence.” Do­ing an in­tern­ship is a wise choice and most en­gi­neer­ing in­sti­tutes in In­dia have made them com­pul­sory for stu­dents be­fore they grad­u­ate. It helps one gain ex­pe­ri­ence and be sure about what they are pur­su­ing. Most pro­fes­sors and es­tab­lished engineers ad­vice stu­dents to take up in­tern­ships and learn more about the job skills that one re­quires to main­tain in the pro­fes­sion.

Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion is one of the fastest grow­ing sec­tors, de­mand­ing

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