the For many years, I am observing a strange pattern among new admission seekers (and their parents) at JIIT and at other universities. A large majority of new admission seekers who claim to be ‘really really interested’ in taking admission in BTech (CSE) don’t put BTech (IT) or Integrated MTech (CSE) as their next choices at their preferred college/campus. Instead they prefer to either (i) settle for BTech (CSE) at a lesser preferred institute or (ii) take admission in some other discipline at their preferred institute, hoping that such disciplines will open doors for CSE in future.
Is there any logic behind this tendency? Or it is yet another example of misconception driven herd mentality?
Many of the most successful graduates of our department (CSE&IT) studied BTech (IT) or dual degree BTech-MTech (CSE).
A. Here are some facts that can help in clarifying some common misconceptions wrt BTech (IT):
1. At most universities, the 2015 curriculum of BTech (CSE) and BTech (IT) differ only in terms of 3-4 courses. At many institutes, e.g., JIIT, interested students can bridge this difference through electives. For example, the following table gives a comparison of the computing courses in these two programs at JIIT:
General Engg. Courses for all departments by CSE/IT deptt:
Sem-I – GE-CSIT-1: Software Development Fundamentals – I : Theory and 4 hrs weekly lab
Sem-II – GE-CSIT-2: Software Development Fundamentals – II : Theory and 2 hrs weekly lab
Discipline Specific CSE/IT Courses for CSE/IT students
|II||1||CSIT-1: Theoretical foundations of Computer Science|
|III||2||CSIT-2: Data Structures|
|III||3||CSIT-3: Introduction to Digital Systems (by ECE deptt.)|
|III||4||CSIT-4: Database Systems and Web|
|IV||5||CSIT-5: Computer Organisation and Architecture|
|IV||6||CSIT-6: Algorithms and Problem Solving|
|IV||7||CSIT-7: Operating Systems and Systems Programming|
|IV||8||CS Elective –1||IT Elective-1|
|Flexi-core (Student will have a choice to pick any)|
|V||9||CS-1: Computer Networks/Embedded Systems||IT-1: Computer Networks|
|V||10||CS-2: Software Engineering/ Artificial Intelligence||IT-2: Cloud based Enterprise Systems|
|VI||11||CS-3: Theory of Computation and Compiler Design /Theory of Programming Languages||IT-3: Data Mining and Web Algorithms /Mobile Applications and Internet of Things|
|VI||12||CS Elective –2||IT Elective –2|
|VI||13||CS Elective –3||IT Elective –3|
|VII||14||CS Elective –4||IT Elective –4|
|VII||15||CS Elective –5||IT Elective –5|
|VII||16||CS Elective –6||IT Elective –6|
|VIII||17||CS Elective –7||IT Elective –7|
|VIII||18||CS Elective –8||IT Elective –8|
1a. Except for CSIT-1, all other core courses listed above also have a lab component.
1b. The 3rd year core courses are also available as elective courses for those who students do not study these as core.
2. Some institutes, e.g., JIIT, have a common department of CSE & IT. The distinction between CSE and IT in such institutes is even more blurred than at other institutes as the faculty pool is common.
3. In Indian institutes, mostly the curriculum of IT or IS (as in Karnataka) focus more on application aspects of CSE. This means that students of the BTech (IT) learn more about applied aspects, e.g., Web, Mobile, Data mining, etc., whereas the CSE curriculum gives good importance to some theoretical aspects, e.g., Automata, etc.
4. Typically the BTech (IT) students get as much (some times even more) training for nurturing their software development skills as BTech (CSE) students.
5. The Indian IT industry is mostly application oriented. Hence wrt placement offers, companies do not distinguish between the BTech (CSE) and the BTech (IT). At JIIT, several of the top class companies like Amazon have been regularly picking up BTech (IT) students as well.
6. There is a common GATE exam for both the discipline – CSE and IT. Hence, wrt to admission in MTech (CSE) programs in India, there is no difference in the opportunities. Several of the BTech (IT) graduates of JIIT have gone to pursue their MTech/MS at IITs and IIITs.
7. International universities do not bother about the title of the degree. They want to see if the students has taken sufficient technical courses at UG level. Several of the BTech (IT) graduates have gone to pursue their higher studies at JIIT students at leading universities, e.g., Columbia, Cornell, UTAH, UFL, etc.
B. Here are some facts that can help in clarifying some common misconceptions wrt Integrated MTech (CSE):
1. Integrated MTech (CSE) curriculum is a superset of the BTech (CSE) curriculum. The students of Integrated program study extra MTech level courses over and above the BTech courses.
2. The extra time spent by the students of the Integrated MTech program helps them take more mature decisions about their career. For example in 2014, for the Dual degree BTech-MTech (CSE) students, the average quality (in terms of technical content) and remuneration were better than the average of BTech students.
3. For some kind of jobs, e.g., Faculty positions, Patent Analyst, R&D work, MTech is the entry level minimum required qualification.
4. A few motivated students also go for second masters in the specific focussed area of their interest.
5. Indian R&D industry is growing rapidly and a good quality PhD is in high demand for high end R&D jobs. After integrated MTech, students can immediately start their PhD.
6. Further, Integrated MTech is an excellent option for the students to plan to set up their own tech startup. They can start working on their idea in their 3rd or 4th year and give it a good shape in their 5th year of study. As per the new scheme, the last semester of this program is reserved for dissertation/industrial project only. The option for the industrial project can also be leveraged by students for pursuing internship at a good company.