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BE/BTech is the preferred choice of PCM students after Class 12th. With so many engineering colleges offering degrees and diplomas in the country, where does BSc as a course stand today? Are we ignoring the merits of BSc in the rush for a seat in BE/BTech? Here’s what experts have to say.

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BTech is a professional degree in engineering which is an applied field and can fetch you a place in India’s booming private sector as soon as you are done. Whereas, BSc being a degree in theoretical and research field of science, must be supported by a higher degree like MSc or PhD for entering into industrial research/academics. Similarly, a BTech wanting to enter into research or academics is required to pursue MS and PhD. India being a developing country has more focus on enhancing industrial production over industrial research i.e. producing what developed countries have already made rather than inventing new technologies. This gives BTech a little advantage over BSc but with increasing emphasis on making research as part of India’s growth story, BSc (supported with MSc and PhD) is emerging as a good career option.                      – Kumar Apoorva Singh, BTech (Mechanical Engg), IIT Kanpur

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BTech is a professional degree in engineering which is an applied field and can fetch you a place in India’s booming private sector as soon as you are done. Whereas, BSc being a degree in theoretical and research field of science, must be supported by a higher degree like MSc or PhD for entering into industrial research/academics. Similarly, a BTech wanting to enter into research or academics is required to pursue MS and PhD. India being a developing country has more focus on enhancing industrial production over industrial research i.e. producing what developed countries have already made rather than inventing new technologies. This gives BTech a little advantage over BSc but with increasing emphasis on making research as part of India’s growth story, BSc (supported with MSc and PhD) is emerging as a good career option.                      – Kumar Apoorva Singh, BTech (Mechanical Engg), IIT Kanpur

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As job opportunities increased with passage of time, competition also grew, thereby refining the job requirements and the need for quality. There was no time for ‘generalists’ who had a broad base of theoretical knowledge of a randomly selected academic curriculum. Rather, the employment market needed youngsters who were ‘specialists’, who completed a professional course, which acted as a sequel to class XII but with a job-oriented approach. Hence, now-a-days students prefer BTech over BSc. The flipside of a BTech degree could lie in the excessive focus on completing the course, getting a job, and applying the concepts without intellectual pros and cons. While typically, for a BSc student the chances of the conceptual knowledge being corroded when the person enters a professional life increase with no urgency or opportunity to apply the concepts in a practical setting.    – Arvind Joshi, BSc Biology, Lucknow University

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Students are preferring a lesser period of study with better returns on investment in education. Moreover, the current IT boom demands more technical skills turning students away from BSc, BA and BCom. BTech is offering more career options than many other programs. But BSc/MSc are unarguably good choices for confident students with a career goal of research in basic sciences.                                    – Nithin Kumar Peralta, MTech, teaching assistant at IIT Madras

 

 

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