Unusual & existing, this is branch of study that has never failed to attract students attention.
"The potential of mechanical engineering is endless. This may be one of the oldest branches of engineering, but technological innovations and demand have led it to constantly reinvent itself and newer disciplines come up every year," says Bhushan Karihaloo, professor of hybrid concrete innovation at Cardiff University.
Most mechanical engineering curriculum's train students on subjects such as mechanics, thermodynamics, robotics, kinetics, structural analysis and fluid mechanics, These concepts are then applied to design manufacturing units, stat-of-art motor vehicles, aircraft's, equipment and a vast assortment of industrial machinery.
"Mechanical Engineers also contribute to the development of various engines, power plant equipment, heating and cooling systems. They not only design new systems but are also often responsible for testing, maintaining and manufacturing them as well. Today students from the field are ready to focus their attention towards new areas of research such as nanotechnology, development of composite materials, biomedical applications, environmental conservation," adds Karihaloo.
In India students have the option of studying mechanical engineering at a number of new institutes such as GLA university in Mathira, Banars Hindu University, BITS Pilani, Delhi Technological University, Sona College of Technology and National Institute of Technology to name a few.
"There is fierce competition in the filed but at the same time rewards are aplenty. Almost every industry requires the services of a mechanical engineer either directly or indirectly. I have wanted to join this field since I was in class 8 and have been working to sit for my entrance exams for the last four years," says Randhir Gole from Gurgaon.