STUDENTS LOOK AHEAD OF IT COURSE The fashion for mechanical and civil engineering programmes seems to continue even this year with more students looking for long-term employment than short-term money. Enquiries with some private engineering colleges in the state discovered that more students had evinced interest to know about the availability of seats in mechanical and civil engineering courses. Engineering aspirants this newspaper spoke to said they wish these courses as they were disturbed about job security rather than short- term money in the stir of present financial disaster. S. Santosh, an engineering aspirant, said, “In the past, several students joined computer-related courses as the IT industry was at its hit the highest point, but later the breakdown started. We have seen how a number of IT professionals missing their jobs because of recession and economic delay. This made me think of mechanical engineering as my career option.” G. Siddarth, another student who wishes to join mechanical engineering, said this course had several compensation, including easy employment. “Even if you don’t get a job in a company you always have the advantage of starting your own workshop or scheming a vehicle and become your own master,” he said. With the Central and state governments launching more transportation projects, civil engineering students have a fair chance of getting employed in one of the top infrastructure companies with profitable pay, said D. Sujatha, adding that it was not only IT firms that pay good salary but also automobile and infrastructure houses. “Several Indian companies have in use up construction projects abroad for which they need thousands of engineers. So, why not we be part of it? This made me look at civil engineering as an brilliant option rather than the IT industry in which you sit along with hundreds of people who do the same work,” said Subramanian, another student.