6 Tips for choosing an Engineering College
With the announcements of fresh dates of JEE Mains (taken up by approximately 9.5 lakh students for getting in BE or B.Tech programs) and Advanced Exams, the admission season will soon begin in India. Depending on the results, some will go in IIT’s, NIT’s or other government and private colleges spread across the country. The option of getting into the preferred college becomes easy for a student who secures good ranks, but the dilemma among the others continue. All the IIT’s, NIT’s, IIIT’s and other GFTI’s combine for a total of approximately 40,000 seats. The rest of the students, thus fall into a painful exercise of choosing a better college from a vast pool of available colleges. This initial step of deciding a better college becomes very important as your entire future (or major part) depends on this very decision.
Cleared JEE and got into IIT’s, NIT’s, IIIT’s, or any other reputed GFTI’s???
Congrats, Go ahead and take it and all the best for the future!!!
Not able to get into any of these Institutions??
Don’t worry, this article will help you in choosing a good Engineering college.
For choosing a good Engineering college, you need to have these SIX things in mind:
1st TIP: Opt for an Accredited College and don’t fall prey to advertisements and other things that colleges promote.
Accreditation serves as an important tool to determine the quality of educational Institutes and their academic programs. Accreditation of higher education institute is compulsory in India. The benefits of accreditation are manifold that includes, Quality Education, better job opportunities, and easy access to various financial aids. The most important and critical benefit of accreditation is towards landing a job after studies, as most of the recruiters prefer students from accredited institutions. In India, all the technical institutes are governed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and universities by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). AICTE established the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) for evaluating technical institutes and their programs according to the standards of the Council. Similarly, UGC established the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to evaluate Universities and colleges.
2nd TIP: Opt for a College that has qualified Faculty members in your preferred branch.
This is again a very important criterion when deciding your future educational institute. Nowadays, generally, all the reputed institutes keep their college website updated and provide a list of available faculty in a particular department. Go to their site and look for the faculty’s profile, their qualification their place of education, etc. This is very important because there are a number of engineering colleges that do not have properly educated and credible faculty in various branches. They have made crap out of this system and appoint below par faculties as a measure of cost-cutting. A genuine proper and educated faculty would be of great help, not just in imparting quality education but with providing essential and useful help and guidelines throughout your 4 years.
3rd TIP: Opt for a college with good Infrastructure.
The infrastructure of college here doesn’t refer to tall buildings etc. but it is associated with the availability of proper labs and equipment in the laboratory. Again this information is easily accessible on college websites and even you can take the help of your seniors or someone who is aware of that college. The proper laboratory is essential as it determines the practical knowledge that will be imparted by the institute in the long run.
4th TIP: Opt for a college with good Placement History.
The main aim of obtaining a degree is to land a proper job after completing the studies. Do look for the placement history of your prospective colleges. A lot of colleges just mention some huge numbers of placements in their advertisements, so do check the T&P page of college websites and even ask your seniors or others who are into this program to let you know about the placement scenario.
5th TIP: Opt for a college which focuses on Research works.
This point is generally not considered important by both parents as well as students, but the infrastructure of college (read as labs and equipment available) is directly related to the research prevalent in the institution. Also, research works help in developing better analytical skills among the students. Not only this, but research work is also related to the quality of faculties available in the institute. The culture of a better and efficient research environment not only helps in the brand building of college but it also makes it easy in terms of obtaining funds from various sources for conducting research work. These benefits are then indirectly transferred back to students.
BONUS TIP: Do not fall prey to various meaningless rankings that are conducted by various independent sources. The majority of the times these rankings are heavily biased, and because of this, you will hear some XYZ college ranked as number 1 or something but actually that institute might not even have proper accreditation. Only follow the official ranking of engineering colleges issued by the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) and is accepted by MHRD.
6th TIP: Look out for college that offers Extra-Curricular development.
Being into higher education, you need to develop various skills. The easiest way to develop them is to participate in various extra-curricular activities. A lot of institutes offer various clubs and societies that conduct various events throughout the year. Make sure your prospective college has these clubs that provide a platform for overall development.