Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Manufacturing more jobs
Vishal Gulati

Careers options in engineering have increased in direct proportion to industrialisation, urbanisation and the growing presence of multinationals in India. Until recently, the branches in engineering were limited to the traditional ones. Now with newer and emerging branches to choose from, the engineering module has widened in scope and evolved significantly. New areas, such as manufacturing technology etc, have been added to the already strong repertoire.

Future scenario

Career options in manufacturing technology are on the rise. With the recent boom in industrialisation, especially in the Indian automobile industry, the country is emerging as a manufacturing hub due to the availability of qualified manpower and skills.

The total share of the manufacturing sector is likely to rise from 22 per cent to 40 per cent in the next 10 years, feels Dr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University.

“Engineering students can start their career in steel making, alloy manufacturing, forging, manufacturing of rolling mills, production of sheet metal components, cold-rolled steel strips, etc,” says Dr Salwan.

Besides, they can take up postgraduate courses and research projects in advanced manufacturing and material science.

Training talk

Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, in association with the UK’s billionaire steel magnate Lord Swaraj Paul, is starting graduate courses at the PTU Caparo School of Excellence in Manufacturing and Material Technology, near Pushpa Gujral Science City on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road, from this session.

It is the only university in this region that will conduct engineering courses in these disciplines. The courses will equip young engineers to get absorbed in industry, including Caparo industries in India and abroad.

The school is starting admissions to B.Tech (electronics) with specialisation in manufacturing electronics; B.Tech (mechanical) with specialisation in manufacturing technology; and B.Tech (information technology) with specialisation in process planning control.


It is a four-year professional degree programme open to plus two students with physics, chemistry and mathematics as subjects. The selection is based on the rank in the common entrance test conducted by the PTU.