VELLORE: Computer science engineering (CSE) appears to be the first choice of students who are going through the first phase of counselling for admission to the B Tech degree courses at the VIT university here.
The counselling, which began on Monday on the Vellore campus, saw the first batch of rankholders in the range of 1-8000 taking part. On the first day, all the 700-plus seats in the computer science engineering branch was filled at one-go.
As many as 1,475 students received the admission letters on the first day for the Vellore and Chennai campuses while 962 students received the letters on Tuesday. The counselling would be held until May 22 for rankholders up to 20,000 in order to admit 4,020 students in 14 branches of the B Tech degree course.
Siddhanth Rohila of Himachal Pradesh, who had obtained sixth rank in the VIT engineering entrance exam this year, received the first admission letter from the VIT vice-presidents Sekar Viswanathan and G V Selvam on Monday. Rohila opted for computer science engineering.
The mechanical and electronics engineering branches were the next choices for the students as these branches were in great demand in many manufacturing and production sectors.
A cross-section of the parents admitted that their wards were opting for CSE this year as this branch offered quick placement options in the fields of mobile and cloud computing. Besides, the CSE students had plenty of opportunities to study abroad, they reasoned.
Orientation sessions on the overview of courses and employability aspects were given to students undergoing counselling at VIT, before the counselling everyday. Deans of the various schools at the university presented detailed information about the choice of the courses and contents to help students make the right decision on the courses.