Out of total 66,290 seats available in the convenor quota in engineering colleges in the state, over 34,000 are in computer science engineering, emerging technologies and its allied courses, as per the data released by Navin Mittal, commissioner of technical education & convenor, TSEAMCET-2021 admissions.
While as many as 16,801 seats are available only in computer science and engineering (CSE), 12,582 seats are in electronics and communication engineering. When it comes to mechanical and civil branches, 5,355 and 5,766 seats are available respectively.
As far as emerging technology courses offered as a specialisation under CSE are concerned, 5,037 seats are available in artificial intelligence and machine learning, 3,003 in data science, 1,638 in cyber security and 1,029 in the Internet of Things (IoT).
Faculty working at engineering colleges said that it was important to find a balance between core engineering courses and emerging tech courses.
“This is going to be a major problem in the next five to 10 years. Even now companies are finding it hard to hire good electrical engineering candidates,” said V Balakrishna Reddy, president, Technical and Professional Institutes Employees Association.
The college managements, however, said that they have no option but increase seats in branches which are in demand.
“Everyone wants to study CSE. To cater to them we are adding more seats in that branch,” said KVK Rao, general secretary, All Indian Engineering Colleges Association. He said that as more jobs are available in the IT industry, it makes sense for students and their parents to do engineering in CSE and its allied courses.