A discipline of Electrical Engineering, Power Electronics deals with controlling the flow of electrical power using electronic switching devices. Power Electronics will look into the functioning of power supplies, power converters, power inverters, motor drives and soft starters. The subject deals with the methods of converting electrical energy from one form to another in an efficient manner for convenient utilisation. You can find jobs in technology organisations, companies that provide power electronics solutions, manufacturing plants and in research firms. You could also get into teaching.
■ St Joseph’s College of Engineering
The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering offers an MTech in Power Electronics. The College is affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum, Karnataka. The intake for this two years course is limited to 18. Admission is based on an entrance exam and personal interview. You need to have a BE/BTech in Electronics and Communication/Instrumentation Technology/Telecommunication/Electrical and Electronics/Biomedical Engineering/Medical Electronics to apply.
■ IIT Varanasi This institute offers an MTech in Power Electronics through their Department of Electrical Engineering. The programme was started in 1982, says the website. You could do a BTech in Electrical Engineering and apply for MTech. IIT-Roorkee also offers these courses.
■ Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
Their College of Engineering in Hyderabad offers an MTech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering specialising in Power Electronics. You need to have a B.E./B.Tech./AMIE in Electrical and Electronics Engg. (or) Equivalent Engineering degree. Their intake is limited to 13 and tuition fee per semester is `15,000 for regular candidates.
■ Sathyabama University
This Chennai-based University is offering an ME in Power Electronics and Industrial Drives. You will study Advanced Mathematics, Analysis of Rectifiers and Choppers, Analysis of Inverters, Special Machines and their Controllers, Advanced Power Semiconductor Devices, Solid State DC and AC Drives and Embedded System Design.