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The Master of Computer Application (MCA) course is losing its sheen. An MCA student now is looked at more as a poor cousin of an engineering graduate than as a professional sought by the IT industry. The popularity of the course has been dwindling over the last couple of years across the country, with some institutions like the Mumbai Business School closing down courses for want of takers. This year, the southern regional office of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) received just one application to start an MCA course in the state.
Across the country, the number of applications declined by 12% in 2010-11 compared to the previous year. In the state, 11, 960 candidates have applied for the MCA eligibility test through the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (Tancet) to gain admission to 21,310 seats. MCA is definitely losing popularity in the state and many colleges have opted to closedown the course, said an official in the AICTEs southern regional office. Even popular institutions like Rajalakshmi Engineering College are opting to reduce the intake from 120 to 60 or lower this year. Those following industry trends say that during placement programmes at engineering colleges, companies prefer an engineering graduate over one with an MCA because the former studies practical subjects and programming languages like Java and C++ in more detail during the third and fourth years than MCA students. Another reason is the AICTEs decision to change the eligibility norms. Only those who take mathematics in the higher secondary classes are eligible for the course.
Courtesy: Times of India
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