Owing to the rise in demand for Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) courses, the state of Tamil Nadu will offer 50% more seats of CSE and allied courses like BE or B.Tech. Out of the total 1,96,627 sanctioned seats for different engineering courses, CSE has the most number of seats allotted. In the past, around 27,000 seats were available for CSE courses but now the number of available seats is over 42,000. Correspondingly, the seats for B.Tech Information Technology (IT) increased from 9,114 to 15,718.
Furthermore, around 2,732 seats in B.Tech Artificial Intelligence (AI) were offered last year. However, this year, many colleges are offering various combinations of AI, Data Science (DI), and Machine Learning (ML) courses, and the number of seats available in these courses is over 14,000. Seats in BE Robotics and Automation have also increased and approximately 25 colleges are offering 1,020 seats for the program. One college is even planning on offering a course on BE CSE in Tamil instead of English.
Increase in seats in these courses have led to a decrease in the number of seats offered in courses like mechanical, civil, and other core engineering courses. Only around 26,600 seats are being offered for Mechanical Engineering (ME), and merely 15,000 seats are available for Civil Engineering (CE).
This increase in demand for CSE and allied courses is due to the boom that the industry is currently seeing. However, experts have opined that rather than jumping on the bandwagon, students should opt for courses that they actually like since there is no telling if the market will have the same demand for the field four years hence, which is when they will graduate. They also suggest that the students should look for seats in good colleges rather than chasing seats for a particular course.