Hi folks, here is my tip to the 4rd semester EEE student (VTU)....> Engineering Mathematics-4 (M4) is one of the easiest of all the four we study in engineering. I referred Dr. K S C's Engg Math-4 Book. It is very Good and is beautifully written and structured for the subject conforming to syllabus. Concentrate on the Statistics, part-b of the Syllabus (it is more difficult than part-a)> Microcontrollers (MC) was one of my fav subjects in 4rd sem. It is usually the fad in electronic projects of 8th Semester. I referred the books: For PART-A: Kenneth J. Ayala ; “The 8051 Microcontroller Architecture, Programming & Applications” 2e, Penram International, 1996 / Thomson Learning 2005. For PART-B: Muhammad Ali Mazidi and Janice Gillespie Mazidi and Rollin D. McKinlay; “The 8051 Microcontroller and Embedded Systems – using assembly and C ”- PHI, 2006 / Pearson, 2006> Control systems (CS) was my fav subject in 4th sem. Tuitions of RCS @ SSM taught me not just the subject but rather its soul. Everything is elegant in this subject. Study it with lots of passion. I referred Control Systems by Bakshi as a supplement to my tuition notes.> Field Theory (FT) is another classical Physics subject which can bring joy if you can capture the subject in your imagination. I partly referred the book, “Engineering Electromagnetics”, William H Hayt Jr. and John A Buck, Tata McGraw-Hill, 7th edition, 2006. I also took tuitions by RCS @ SSM. Only his teaching is solely responsible for the liking I developed for the subject. I studied his tuition notes mainly. The implications of stuff studied in FT are apparent only in your higher semester subjects.> Power Electronics (PE) is clearly one of the hottest branches of EEE. PE provides a sound basic for higher study in this subject. I studied the book, “Power Electronics”, M.H.Rashid 2nd Edition, P.H.I. /Pearson, New Delhi, 2002. Mainly i referred to "Power Electronics", J. S. Chithode (inspite of its raw dealing with the subject)> Transformers and Induction Machines (TIM) is one of the core subjects of our Branch. A sound understanding of this subject is required for both subjects later as well as the TIM lab. I referred to "Transformers and Induction Machines" by Bakshi, Technical Publications. But to score well and understand the subject well, please refer to the books, “Theory of Alternating Current Machines”, Alexander Langsdorf, T.M.H. and “Electric Machines”, I. J. Nagrath and D. P. Kothari, 2nd Edition, T.M.H.> Microcontrollers Lab (MC Lab) requires the best possible understanding of the assembly and C programming. The skill in both these shall be an enormous benefit to successful completion of MC Lab. Refer a good manual, moreover be prepared to write your own version of the programs...> Power Electronics Lab (PE Lab) is a direct applicatin of circuits studied in the theory part of the subject. Ability to predict the outcome and behaviour of a PE Circuit shall be a booster in this Lab. Refer a good manual and study lots of theory...ALL THE BEST!!!