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The CSE-IT Block. Credit: Enigmatic Euphony

‘Do you still want to become a Software Engineer?’, ‘Do you think you’ll get a job?’, ‘You better get into some other field. You can have a job guarantee.’ These are the most common things Information Technology students get to hear these days, during the recession hit times. Whereas a few years back, every engineering enthusiast was advised just the vice-versa. Thanks to globalization, the world was hit by the impending ‘Software Boom’ with thousands of IT companies and their recruitments going up everyday. This made every other student opt for software engineering by either choosing Computer Science Engineering (CSE) or Information technology (IT), both equivalent to one another. As in a chain reaction, a huge increase in the number of Engineering Colleges all over India was witnessed. The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNTU) in Andhra Pradesh alone has around 300 colleges affiliated to it as of this year.

A few colleges accelerated towards the top positions through the cut-throat competition while a few others are yet to nurture the basic requirements of a decent college. Whatever it be, GNITS in Hyderabad, affiliated to the JNTU has managed to maintain its stance over the years. The department of IT is being headed by Mr.Ch. Sesha Gopala Rao, since its foundation in the year 1998. His immense knowledge and insight of the subject pertains to his 25 years of experience, 18yers in the teaching field and 7 years in the industry respectively. When asked the difference between CSE and IT, he informs, “Computer Science is a field of science which deals with theory and foundation of information and computations and their application in computer fields, whereas Information Technology, as the name suggests, deals with processing and managing of information in an environment. That is the reason why we’ll never come across CS companies, all of them are IT companies”. Surely, that has cleared any doubt ever borne in ones mind about these branches.

Every year 60 students are admitted into this department, who are later joined by 4-5 diploma students in the second year. The admission procedure is the same as that of any other branch, i.e. done by dividing into two quotas, viz. Convener quota and NRI quota. About 80% of the total seats account to the convener quota, for which a yearly fee of Rs. 33,200 is charged. The rest of the seats belong to the NRI quota, wherein an initial donation of around Rs.5-6 lakh is charged for this course along with the annual fee of Rs. 94,000.

On being asked so as to why they choose this branch, Shravya says, “My seniors and cousins advised me to take it up as  it is considered the easiest amongst all other branches of engineering and I have no regrets”. When it comes to choosing a branch it all depends on the advice one gets, the interest one has or in some cases the EAMCET rank also plays a significant role. Priyanka declares that she has the natural liking towards logic and that is the very reason for her to take up this course. “Working on computers is far better than working with hardware stuff. Circuits et al are not my cup of tea”, shares Kavya of 2nd year.

Computer Lab. Credit: Enigmatic Euphony

Computer Lab. Credit: Enigmatic Euphony

According to the JNTU curriculum, the software languages that one would be well acquainted by the end of this course are: Red hat Linux-9, SCO-Unix , Turbo C++, Visualstudio.NET, Flash, Java, Dream weaver, Adobe Photoshop, Turbo C, Windows–NT, Microsoft Office-2000,C++,C,Oracle. Adequate numbers of computer labs are provided for the students, each equipped with P4 processor computers for the smooth running of the lab sessions. Apart from the computer labs, other related labs are also well maintained. “The faculty is truly knowledgeable and well experienced, that leaves us no scope for complaints. A few of them are strict but that’s manageable as the rest are very friendly and understanding”, chips in Ramya of 3rd year.

The technical association of the department is termed ‘Techno Boom’, which conducts technical activities like paper presentation, poster presentation, project exhibition, technical quiz and various computer languages based tests and activities, etc. take place. The students take part in the activities with a great deal of enthusiasm and thus learn the practical applications of the theory subjects they study.

The college has a brilliant placement record over the years and most of the students have been recruited into the IT companies such as the Satyam, Wipro, Infosys, Accenture, TCS, etc. Deepthi, a pass out student of the IT branch, currently working in Infosys informs, “If one has the right kind of aptitude and interest in working for the software sector, there’s no point in worrying about the recession. They need to concentrate more on their studies now than before, but it pays off well in the end”. All in all, be it recession or not, the significance of IT is never lost. It continues to lure many of the engineering aspirants and why not, when it is one of the best courses of engineering.

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