The remarkable credit for the prominence of Indians in the arena of ICT (information and communication technology) between 1980s and 1990s is rightly attributed to a particular post-graduate degree. It enabled the Indian engineers to make foray in the design and maintenance of hardware as well as development and applications of varied software. And that was the academic qualification of Master of Computer Application, MCA in short. So much so, in a lighter vein, it was said that an MCA commanded premium better than all other professions including prized civil services in both the job and matrimonial markets!
In fact, even today, the MCA is a passport to prosperity since there is an eternal demand for these professionals. As such graduates from various streams are among the aspirants for this course of 3-year duration.
However, the aspirants are advised to seek only the one which is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA). By and large, reputed institutions and universities offer the MCA courses that cover core subjects ranging from Operating Systems, Computer Networks, Databases, Unix System Programming and Mathematics to Professional Communication, Management and Ethics.
Apart from the core topics, the students are trained in the fields of Systems Designing, Application Software Development, Enterprise Resource Planning, Computer Networks, System Administration, Web Designing and Development, Database Administration, Parallel and Vector Processing, Data Mining and Warehousing among others.
Simultaneously, the students must also ascertain on-the-campus facilities in pursuing this course since it involves very highly rated computer systems with appropriate and authentic software programmes. Despite the mandatory endorsement by the AICTE, the aspirant students need to assess the credibility of the institution.
In the context of reputed colleges, the Dehradun-based DIT University, for instance, has carved out a name as for computer engineering courses. The School of Computer Application established in 1998 is deemed as the strength and excellence of this varsity. Incidentally, its among top mca lateral entry colleges in India . Students pursuing the regular MCA undergo in-house training in an industry or a corporate house during the 6th semester of their course.
Alongside the academics, MCA students are motivated to learn and inculcate the spirit of discipline, devotion, truth and confidence. Well-equipped labs provide ample opportunities for the students in reinforcing their knowledge in a specific area of computing. The students also conduct case studies involving in-depth research based on statistics and other ground realities that they resolve through computer applications.
On successful completion of MCA, the competent students have a wide scope to choose an apt profession in the following streams and several allied fields like –
Ø Software Programmer
Ø Software Tester
Ø Software Engineer
Ø Software Developer
Ø System Analyst
Ø Software Application Architect
Ø Software Consultant
Software engineering and development, hardware and networking, research and development, services and application support in financial institutions, etc. are among the sectors where MCAs can hunt for lucrative and prospective jobs. One can also include global majors in this lengthy list.