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Harun Serpil
Yiğit Yurder
2020 Volume 10
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Çevrimiçi Erken Baskı / Online Preprint Issue
Original Empirical Research
Received: November 3, 2019; Accepted: February 16, 2020; Published online: May 15, 2020
doi:10.2399/yod.19.017000; Copyright © 2020, Deomed
Determinants of Students' Choice of Engineering Disciplines in India
Jandhyala B. G. Tilak ORCIDID (E-mail)
Council for Social Development [Former Professor & Vice Chancellor, National University of Educational Planning & Administration], New Delhi, India
*The research reported in this paper is a part of a research project that is being funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, though its programme of National Fellows.
Engineering education has expanded fast in India during the last three decades. However, all branches of engineering education have not grown at the same pace. While standard traditional branches like mechanical, civil and electrical engineering have bad been popular for a long time, areas like electronics engineering, computer science engineering and information technology related engineering have evolved fast in the recent years. Senior secondary school graduates face a dilemma of making a rational choice in selecting the disciplines of their study. Using the data collected through a survey of about 7,000 students enrolled in 40 engineering institutions in four different states in India, an attempt has been made in this paper to examine the determinants that explain students' choice between 'traditional' and 'modern'/ 'information-technology-related' branches of engineering, by estimating a probit regression equation. A few sets of major factors - individual, household, academic background of the students, current education, future employment prospects and further educational aspirations etc., have been identified and used in the probit analysis and the results are discussed in detail.
Keywords: Disciplinary choices, engineering education, engineering disciplines, higher education, India, modern streams, student choice, traditional streams
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