Engineering entrance tutoring is regaining popularity, and admissions are increasing.

There is a significant increase in students in Kochi preparing for various engineering entrance exams . The rise of campus placements and higher wage packages in the engineering industry is appealing to students .

Kochi: Students who are pursuing a science stream in schools are often put into the debate about whether to pursue an engineering or a medical field for higher education after graduation from Class XII because both are the most sought-after degrees with a variety of jobs and a competitive salary structure.Though the debate is still ongoing and the medical stream has not lost its shine, there is a significant increase in the number of students in the city preparing for various engineering entrance exams, particularly Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE), compared to medical entrance examinations.Some of the centers even had to start new batches in the engineering entrance field.During the pandemic, coaching professionals and instructors said that the motivation was mainly due to the increased job opportunities and growth in the engineering industry, particularly IT, which is being attributed to the increased demand.

Moreover, the preparation for JEE, one of the hardest exams, will enable students to successfully complete other engineering entrance tests conducted by well-known universities such as Cusat, Vellore Institute of Technology, and Birla Institute of Science and Technology.In addition, JEE preparation is crucial for all other examinations where high scores in math, physics, and chemistry are required.Teachers also noted an increase in the number of students wishing to pursue research-related activities in institutions such as the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru; and the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram; and the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), where ranking in JEE is a criterion for admission, according to Arun Viswanath, area business head (central and north Kerala).For those who want to join the Indian Statistical Institute, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, and the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy, JEE is required.

Viswanath said that the low number of MBBS students in Kerala is one of the reasons for the growing affinity towards engineering.According to Jim Elias, Cusat's placement officer, IT firms offered up to Rs 40 lakh per annum in salary package for campus placement, while all engineering courses saw a higher rate of recruitment.During the pandemic, the IT industry boom was explosive, and now other industries such as building, semi-conductor manufacturing, etc.are reviving, which has fueled a growing interest in civil and electronics engineering courses.