VELLORE: At the commencement of the week-long counselling at VIT University for the first batch of top 5,000 rank holders for admission to B Tech courses, a clear swing towards Computer Science Engineering (CSE) was observed. Computer Science Engineering seems to have made a comeback after a gap of three years.
For the past two years, toppers opted for Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical Engineering. In 2009, the trend was in favour of Biotechnology.
This year, of the 650 CSE seats available, 355 were ta-ken by the end of the first day of counselling. While 269 seats of the 580 Mechanical Engineering seats were filled, 234 of the 650 ECE seats were taken. The counselling will continue till May 19.
“CSE is picking up again this year, since more companies have made a comeback after the recession faced by the IT sector in 2008-09. Last year, the placement scenario improved, encouraging students to opt for CSE,” said Dr James Jabaseelan Samuel, admission officer at VIT.
Close on the heels of CSE are Mechanical Engineering (with specialisation in Automotive Engineering) and ECE.
Thodupunuri Venkata Sai Nikhil from Andhra Pradesh (who secured 26th rank) was the first candidate to receive the admission letter from the VIT vice-chancellor Dr V Raju, vice presidents Shankar Viswanathan, G V Sampath and Sekar Viswanathan.
Mechanical Engineering became a safe bet as students now feel they have placement options, said Dr K C Vora, deputy director of the Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), who was also present on the occasion.