What was the first thought that crossed your mind when you decided to pursue engineering? I would probably bet my last penny on the question: “Which stream should I choose?” All of us have spent hours on the internet, reading blogs and watching videos, and finally concluded after few rounds of deliberate discussions with our family members on which stream to opt. You might have enrolled yourself in Computer Science Engineering, Civil, Mechanical, Biotech, or any one of the multiple streams offered by LPU. All these streams are called majors in technical terms. So, if you are in ECE, after successful completion of the program, your CV will boast a major in the ECE department. What about engineering minors?
Well, minors are nothing but added specializations that one undertakes during his/her course. Consider a cake as a major, and the topping that you will be adding to it is minor: having the option to choose, depending on your taste and interest. Although minors can be done on various topics, it is best on the academic front to pursue the one related to your major.
In LPU, we are provided with some engineering minors to choose from, depending on our stream. While the preference selection by students begins in the 4th semester, the subjects from the allocated minor start getting reflected from 5th to 7th semester. Each minor consists of 4 subjects: the introduction to be covered in the 5th semester, the next two subjects in the 6th, and the last subject in the 7th semester, marking an end to the game of minors during the four-year B.Tech course.
What’s the Allocation Process?
The allocation process for engineering minors in LPU begins with the students selecting the preferences for themselves. LPU provides a bunch of relevant and booming minors of the sector to the students to choose from. To get an overview of every minor available to us, LPU organizes sessions where the knowledgeable faculty members share micro and macroscopic details to help us choosing our minors.
We, as students, are expected to do the required research, ponder over our interests, and fill out the preference form. After the deadline for preference selection is over, the university allocates the seats to the students, based on their preference and CGPA. Allocation is based on merit, with CGPA being the deciding factor. To know more about the selection process, click here.
Is it worth studying minors?
Absolutely yes! In most cases, upon completion of the minor with high grades, students opt for a career in that minor. If someone is interested in Data Science as a minor, and has a good score in it, he/she is most likely to pursue a career in it. Maybe as a Data Scientist, Data Architect, Data Analyst, Data Administrator, or Business Analyst, to pick up the top choices.
And why not? Having an additional subject, although will increase the workload but will add more shine to your CV and provide you with greater industry exposure to flaunt. Lastly, talking about PayScale, a CSE degree without a minor would help you become a software developer, with an average base pay of 6 LPA INR in India, which might soar as high as 13 LPA in general terms. On the other hand, having a minor in Data Science, for example, will push your wages up by around 2.5 lacs INR, standing at 8.64 LPA INR, with the ceiling value being somewhat around 19.61 LPA. And I know I don’t need to explain the importance of starting with a higher package to my fellow readers. 🙂