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Students explore career avenues

From simple direct questions on prospects in a field to more intriguing ones on careers less – opted for, the seminar hall on the Periyar Science and Technology Centre campus here came alive as the question – answer session began.

Abhinav, a student of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, an aspiring aerospace scientist, sought to know who was better to work with – ISRO or NASA. Another boy posed a question on the role artificial intelligence would play in 2011 while a third participant wanted to know “Is it better to work with a private firm or a government company?”

These were some of the questions at a panel discussion on ‘Career Opportunities for Higher Education’, conducted as part of the ongoing Chennai Science Festival by Science City here on 31st January, 2011. S.P. Thyagarajan, Pro – Chancellor (Research) of Sri Ramachandra University, who was moderator for the session, told the students and teachers about the number of productive jobs available in agriculture, power, pharma and teaching.

In the panel were C. Thangaraj Vice – Chancellor, Anna University of Technology; P. Balasubramanian, Director (Scientific), TICEL Bio Park; P. Kaliraj, Dean, AC College of Technology; N.K. Sudeep Kumar, Professor, University Publication Division, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University and S. Sriman Narayanan, Dean (Research), University of Madras.

Prof. Thangaraj, who answered queries on the different branches of engineering and asked them to take up a branch for which they have an aptitude. Communications, civil and automobile are some of the major preferences, he added.

Rather than delving into prospects of agricultural science, Prof. Balasubramanian gave examples of bureaucrats and senior police officials in the city who took the discipline to get into Indian Administrative Service.

It was a question from S. Priyadarshini, a student of Hindu Senior Secondary School, [Why is everybody focussing on engineering. Aren’t other careers interesting?] that was the icing on the cake.

Prof. Thyagarajan explained that was the main reason for organising the Chennai Science Festival, where avenues in different fields are explained. He concluded by giving 10 reasons why careers in science holds promise.