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Computer Science at LA 01

“It wouldn’t be wrong if I say that, the year 1978 is when it all started at Loyola Academy,” says Prakash. Wondering what he’s talking about? Well, it was in 1978 that the first ever course was started in Loyola Academy, in the form of Computer Science and Engineering. It is a three-year degree course and is affiliated to Osmania University. In the year 1990, it was brought under grant-in-aid. This course, at Loyola Academy, is characterized by a lot of special features and thus, marks the beginning of a new age approach to technically inclined side of education. The aim of the department has always been to groom youngsters into competitive professionals and produce a balanced mix of both manpower and skill. (Picture – The Computer Science Block. Credit: Inverted Frequency)

The Selection process is based on a written exam in subjects –maths, physics and chemistry, followed by a personal interview. “Both the exam and the interview was based on what we learnt in our intermediate and hence, I found it easy. I’m sure all those who got selected had a similar feeling,” says Praveen. After conducting such preliminary tests, the management at Loyola, looked to improve the subject knowledge of the students in areas which they are already familiar with. Along with basic subjects like Maths, Physics and Chemistry, the curriculum also includes theory subjects like Data Structures Through ‘C’, C++ and Numerical Methods, Data Communications, Operating Systems, JAVA Programming, Internet Protocol and DBMS and a few more. With a plethora of Theory papers, this stream also offers a lot of practical subjects like Advanced JAVA lab, COBOL, UNIX, Engineering Drawing, Data Structure Lab to name a few. Giving a lot of importance to Practical teaching opened the gates for the requirement of adequate infrastructure facilities.  Ramakanth says, “I totally love the facilities here at Loyola. Be it the computer labs, EDC labs, Microprocessor labs or the kind of latest softwares that are fed into the available computers, it’s very authentic and helps us with our subjects. Unlike a lot of other colleges, we don’t face the problems of outdated softwares and systems. We even have internet labs for quick access to any required information.”

A very interesting practical paper. Credit: Inverted Frequency

A very interesting practical paper. Credit: Inverted Frequency

A good system not just includes providing the students with good facilities but, also good faculty. The teachers and lecturers form the most important part of any institution and decide the fate of the students and the institute as well. At Loyola, the standards achieved, in terms of teaching and imparting valuable knowledge, has always been above the expected levels. Ashwin says “ I think the kind of lecturers and their methods of teaching are improving by the day. With due respect to all my lecturers , I personally feel that the faculty in my second year has gone a step ahead of the faculty in first year, in terms of teaching and subject knowledge. Overall, it has been very satisfactory.

The most important advantage of a course is  its long-term effect or its scope. The question of ‘future prospects’ is always a major criterion for a student to decide his/her under graduation stream. In spite, of being one of the most favorite streams for a very long period, the peril of recession did put a doubt or two in the minds of the students. “Recession surely will affect students of our stream. The batch that passed out this year will surely face the heat and will have to be exceptionally good to gain a job with a satisfactory pay, but then I feel that the economy is beginning to recoup. Our economy seems to be doing better than how it was doing last year and it is a very good sign for us as it marks the return of IT sector that undoubtedly plays the most important role in a country’s economy. I’m just hoping that, when I pass out, I’ll have a lot of options to choose from.” Says an optimistic Vaibhav, a second year student.

Hence, despite the hollow dip in the condition of the IT sector and the consequent unfortunate-but-unavoidable process of retrenchment and laying off, students continue to pick this stream. As batches continue to be flooded with students, it would be interesting to see how the IT sector booms, over the next few years and how it treats young, fresh and qualified graduates.

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