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While students are rushing to science streams in droves, once popular fields like engineering and technology and even health care are slowly losing their lustre in Mumbai.
According to a recently conducted study, in 2006, 11% girls and 33% boys were interested in pursuing a degree in engineering. In 2011, however, the numbers dropped drastically: Only 3% girls and 7% boys from Mumbai said they wanted to enroll in engineering colleges.
Even interest in coveted fields in the health care sector such as medicine is waning. While 21% of Mumbai girls surveyed opted for careers in the health care industry in 2006, five years later, the numbers dropped to a mere 9%.
The reason Students said the number of years they had to invest in studying engineering or medicine does not always translate into the quick monetary returns. It's little wonder, then, that degrees in business and finance management are gaining ground. Medical colleges, too, have observed a similar trend. According to an official from a medical college in Mumbai, students pursue courses that ensure quicker returns. In medicine, students have to spend four years in the course and then take up an internship. If students are interested in a specialization, they have to invest another couple of years in their education. A job after the course is not guaranteed. Students therefore seek a management degree after graduation, said the official. He added that in recent years he observed that even engineering students are opting for an MBA. In the states common entrance test for management courses, around 22,000 students who appeared for the exam were engineers. Apart from testing student's aptitudes, Young buzz the career counseling centre that did the survey conducted personality tests. According to the study, Students in Mumbai are more analytical when compared to their counterparts from Bangalore and Chennai.
The number of girls in Mumbai who were interested in pursuing a career in finance increased from 15% in 2006 to 25% in 2011. A similar trend was recorded among male students the survey recorded a 13% increase in five years. Nearly 32% boys said they wanted to pursue degrees in finance.
Courtesy: Times of India
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