We got a query the other day, from one of our users (Srikant Sharma), which read, “Where can I find the best engineering college for me?” Speaking honestly, we were clueless about what kind of engineering college he had sought. We had no information about his preferred engineering courses, his rank or anything that could give us some hint. Then the team sat down and devised some outlines to construct a well-researched article wherein all the important points to find the best engineering colleges in India would be provided.
Have you chosen which engineering branch that you wish to pursue? Without having one, proceeding further for the best college is not a wise idea. Whether it is Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science – be clear with your specialisation as long as you want to do Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) or Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech). Those who randomly choose any branch just for the sake of doing engineering would undoubtedly fail in due course of time.
We can’t be more agreed when Elsaba Jacob, Assistant Professor of the Department of Computer Science at TIST, Cochin, Kerala said, "Choosing the course should be purely based on the student's interest in that subject and his/her abilities. If the student had to choose between two engineering colleges for the same engineering branch, the better-established college should be the choice. Qualification of faculty, as well as their experience, matters a lot, so the recognition of the institute contributes to this".
What kind of college do you want to get admission in? Narrow down your search and come up with a list of things to help you pick the ideal technical colleges. Some of the elements that you should note down are courses offered, reputation, accreditation, campus facilities (computer access, libraries, lab, etc.), cost, class size, faculties, private or government and placement.
Compromise! We would suggest you not to be stringent about choosing a particular location. Give it a second thought if you get admission offers from some of the leading institutes. For example, if you get a call from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, which was declared the number one engineering institute in India by NIRF, pondering over whether to stay close to home or to take admission in this elite college is complete a waste of time.
Rank does play a major role in getting you call from the elite colleges or institutions. The candidates who fetch good ranks are given priorities than the ones who don’t have. Once the result is out and you know your rank, it is time to prioritise things like the stream, college, etc. Remember, your rank has a lot to do with your priorities. Narrowing down your criteria will be of no use unless you have a great rank.
Now that you know you need to check the background of the college, its faculties, infrastructure and location, it is time to shed some light on other parameters (in case, you have missed). Firstly, there is nothing wrong with opting for brands. Old, well-established colleges or institutions try hard to maintain their reputation. Take advantage of it! Secondly, you must have a stream that aligns with your goals. For candidates whose families deal with the real estate business, they should think of getting a civil engineering degree. Likewise, there are different streams for those students who wish to get into government jobs like civil services, etc. Thirdly, curriculum flexibility! Fourthly, a fully-equipped residential campus!
Indian parents, in particular, are the most worrisome people when it comes to shaping the career of their children. They leave no stone unturned to put their children in the most premier institutes. In the process, they make a lot of mistakes - Knowingly or Un-knowingly. A recent survey by a leading media house in the country stated that more than 60% of employees showed dissatisfaction with their jobs, while more than 80% wish to switch their career. This indicates that something is really wrong with our system.
Here are some common mistakes that parents make while picking up the right college.
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has ranked the following engineering colleges on five key parameters:
IIT Madras has managed to stay on the top for the third time (in three consecutive years) in the NIRF ranking. The Institute was followed by IIT Bombay (second rank) and IIT Delhi (third rank).
Every IIT aspirant must know that NTA will take care of the JEE Main exam from the academic year 2019 onwards. The Testing Agency will conduct the entrance test twice in a year – January and April. Check out the below URL to know more about NTA and how it is useful for engineering students.
If JEE Main appears to be very tough for you, why not try out other national and state level engineering entrance exams. Some of the important exams are GATE, BITSAT, VITEEE, IPU CET, KCET, MHT CET, etc. Click here to know ‘Top 30 National and State-Level Engineering Entrance Examinations in India’.
India produces more than 15 lakh engineers per year. Now you must be thinking “do they all get hired”? Quite obvious though! Well, these high paying engineering jobs will make your mouth wide open.
What strikes your mind when it comes to engineering colleges? IITs or NITs, right? Obviously! Every parent wishes their children to get an engineering degree from the prestigious colleges like the Indian Institutes of Technologies, etc. But the process is not a cakewalk.