How do I gain knowledge in electronics and communication engineering?

I have completed four years of B.E. E&C. I can help you improve your knowledge. It is the best time to begin your studies in E&C. Many students discover that electronics is not something they know until they reach fourth year, when they begin to prepare for placement.

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It happens to everyone, regardless of their score, whether they are 9 or 10. They don’t understand what they are reading. The time factor will be a problem. They will be working in software companies, where programming is much easier to learn and the companies offer good salaries.

Warning: This is a long answer. This is all you need to know. 😉

These are my points. You will get the best knowledge possible on the subject if you do this.

  • You can watch NPTEL videos. The best collection of lectures by IIT professors is available. It is impossible to guarantee that all college lecturers will be good. Although they may have great subject knowledge, their teaching skills are not as good. It could be the opposite. You have good teaching skills but not great knowledge of the subject. NPTEL videos were something I began to watch in my third year. It is the most comprehensive collection of videos on the subject. I enjoyed the lectures by Shanthi Pawan and Prof Nagendra Krishnapura of IIT Madras about Analog circuits.
  • Links to the videos – NPTEL online collection – CLICK HERE

. NPTEL Online with IIT certificates CLICK HERE Prof.Nagendra Krishnapura’s lecture : CLICK HERE

  • Check out your syllabus to see if you are eligible for a course. Basic electric circuits can be used as a starting point. You can work for 1 hour each day or for 3-4 hours on weekends.
  • In electronics, there are 3 main streams that you might get interested as you learn. First one is embedded systems and programming . You can go into the field of Robotics, automation, automobile electronics, image processing or even machine learning and artificial intelligence. Some of it might not be core electronics. But it depends on the interest you develop.
  • Second one is circuit design, analog and digital circuit design. You will come across IC designing and VLSI during the end of 3rd year. You need to be good at 2nd year analog and digital circuits.
  • Third one is communication and networking part. But I want to say that the networking that you will come across are mainly theory oriented. It should be thought giving examples, but it wont be done. There are few practicals in communication part. But most of them will be interested in the first and second streams that I mentioned and you have good opportunities for that in future.
  • Projects: This is most important. You need to have at-least 3 mini projects and a final year project. Take a project starting from 2nd year itself. It helps you to develop interest in electronics and this is where you feel engineering is not boring, but fun. Take a circuit designing project, micro-controller project, Verilog mini project and another project which you are more interested with.
  • Apply for internship. You can apply for any company. Placement department or your seniors can help here. Or you can also apply for projects at IISC or IIT’s. Trust me, it has a great value and is a great opportunity for you too.

Finally, I will share the skills that are needed beyond curriculum. Engineering is more than what is on the curriculum. It is also about your extra-curricular activities, your skills and what you are best at. Here are some tips to help you improve your engineering skills:

  1. C++ and C programming. This is important regardless of what branch you are in. Programming skills are essential if you want to work in embedded systems. For image processing and robotics, learn Python.
  2. Purchase an Arduino, and if you can, a Raspberry Pi. Before you can complete the second year, you will need to be able to connect various sensors and motors with Arduino. Raspi is an open-source programming language that you can use to create your own projects.
  3. Multisim, Protius are both circuit design and PCB designing software. If possible, attend a summer workshop or course. If possible, learn Lab-View. During the third year, you will learn Matlab. You will need to learn the rest on your own.
  4. You will learn about the 8086 micro-controllers in your class. These are obsolete and you won’t find anywhere else. Some colleges offer an ARM microcontroller elective. You can check if your college offers one. You can also learn to program ATMega and PIC microcontrollers after your third year.
  5. Kanodia Gate books are available for network analysis, analog, and digital. As many problems as you can. This is a great hack to get core companies. You can also prepare for GATE if there aren’t any Semiconductor or core companies in attendance.

This is all I can recall. I’m sure there are more.

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