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Shift From Engineering To Commerce And Arts Courses



A drastic shift from engineering to arts and science courses like B.A, B. Com and B.Sc courses is becoming noticeable in this year’s undergraduate admission season in Coimbatore This change is apparently due to the drop in job opportunities in the engineering field over the past few years.

“My son studied mechanical engineering and now he is doing a business in partnership with one of his friends. He was an average student so he didn’t get any campus placement. He attended Interviews in various companies. But the salary they offered was very low and the working conditions also did not suit him”, said Mrs. Jaya, Mother of Stephen Issac, an engineering graduate.

Much the same condition is that of a large number of engineering graduates. It is very difficult to get a good job for an average engineering graduate. He has to be brilliant to get through Campus Interviews to get a job in any good company.

Many of the small scale Industries had shut down their business in the previous years due to many reasons like sudden GST Implementation and De-Monetisation and some other reasons. The small scale Industries which were job worker units for large scale industries could not cope up with the back to back implementation of government’s new policies. Hence, the intake for engineering students has come down drastically.

“I don’t want my son to take up engineering as the fees are very high and prohibitive and the possibility of getting a good job related to what he learns is also very low. Nowadays there are lots of job opportunities for students who take up the Arts and Science courses”, said Mrs. Bindu, parent of Akshay.

The shift from engineering to arts and science courses is also due to the very high cost of education for engineering courses compared to arts and science courses. Seeing the trend in the recent times colleges have introduced many new courses under B.Com stream like B.Com (IT), B.Com (CS), B.Com (PA), B.Com (BPS), B.Com (AF) etc.

After completion of these courses there are many job opportunities to the students in Banking, Insurance, Stock Marketing, IT Companies, Teaching. Some also try their luck in Government jobs.

“I took up Commerce as I want to become a Bank Manager in future. Now I’ve enrolled for B.Com (BPS) in Sri. Krishna College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore,” said Akshay, a school topper of 12th standard from V C V Shishu Vidhyodaya School, Coimbatore.

The overall academic performance of science students has come down from 94.7% to 92.3%. . This is because many bright students had opted for Commerce and Arts stream in their 11th and 12th Standards.

“The number of students who have enrolled for arts and commerce courses have surged compared to last year. Students these days are also aware of the increased job opportunities available after finishing arts and commerce courses compared to engineering courses”, said Dr. Reshmi Vijayakrishnan, an Associate Professor in Sree Narayana Guru College, Coimbatore.

Arts and Science colleges in Coimbatore are currently witnessing a flood of admission-seeking students from various neighbouring towns, including Namakkal, Erode,Trichy, Tirupur and so on.

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