Mangaluru: Colleges in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and elsewhere have received high demand for admission to Bachelor of Computer Applications (ACC) of course, since the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to industry experts and college leaders, the increase in demand is due to an increase in job opportunities in computer programming. Since the pandemic, there has been a shortage of manpower and the demand for IT professionals is constantly increasing, both in India and abroad. Other than that, those who had jobs in IT-related fields were sure to retain their employees during the pandemic.
Aruna P Kamath, director of the SDM College of Business Management here, said that five years ago the college received around 180 applications, for 120 places available at the BCA. This year, the college stopped issuing applications when it passed the 400 mark.
“There is a bad impression among parents and students about the course. Parents, during the interview, tell us that their parish is good at using mobile phone applications and computers. However, the course is not about that, and there is a need for conductive guidance among students, on taking BCA,” Kamath said.
St Aloysius College has added 80 more places for BCA this academic year, due to a legal claim for the course. The college now has 240 BCA places available. Ravindra Swami K, assistant professor, St Aloysius College, said that since the pandemic the salaries offered to BCA graduates have doubled. “The software job market has flourished, especially in the United States, which has created more than two million jobs after the pandemic. American companies prefer Indian labor. As demand grows, candidates are also demanding a good salary package,” he added.
“We have seen many niche courses gain traction, during and after the pandemic on our platform. Some courses that have established considerable market share are fine arts, data science, and law. We’ve seen a lot of BCA graduates on our platform, over the last two years, and they’re going into variations of computer science and other engineering programs, in instructional design, robotics and AI, in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. Over 92% of students in this bracket have found employment, within 3 months of graduation,” said Akshay Chaturvedi, Founder and CEO of Leverage Edu.