Engineering is an age old career choice in India and shares equal space with the profession of Doctor. It has become a ‘Golden Career Option’ so much so that India produces the largest number of Engineers.
In the modern times, there is a vast pool of engineering colleges to choose from and whether you are Mr.-Know-it-all, a complete alien to the course or somewhere in between the two; you are bound to be confused, and hence too many choices spoil your Engineering College Admission. And obviously you would want to choose the best engineering college. Right? But which one is the best for you?
The smart way to choose the best college is to plan ahead because investing four years of your life is no joke. Hence, here are 5 Tips to Choose the Best Engineering College:-
1. Find out what’s your type?
IIT, BITS, VIT, NIT look all the same to you? Firstly, know about the kind of college you want to get into. In India, there are four types of engineering colleges – University colleges, government colleges, professional colleges, and privately managed/private colleges.
Knowing the kind of college is useful as Technical Education can slightly be heavy on our pockets. The fee structure of government engineering colleges and other private engineering colleges differs massively. On the other hand, better administration and professional environment can be found in professional and privately managed colleges.
|Type of College||Meaning||Example|
|University||The colleges under the universities, follow laws of admissions, examinations and other administration rules that are laid down by a university.||The University of Mumbai, Anna University, Jadavpur University, Delhi College of Engineering, etc.|
|Government||These engineering institutes are managed by the Central Government and the respective State Government.||All the IIT’s, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), etc.|
|Professional||These engineering colleges are either managed by government or sponsored by private trusts or organisations.||Birla Institute Of Technology (BITS), Dhirubhai Ambani IICT, Gandhi Nagar, etc.|
|Privately managed/private colleges||Colleges that are privately held by a trust or a governing body, and is affiliated with a University||Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore.|
2. What are your goals and what’s your desired career choice?
Within the various sub-disciplines of Engineering, which one would you make your career in? Very often we fail to realise the best career option for us. Hence, it is important to research more on the career options with Engineering.
Try to understand what kind of work life you would have with the selected job. You need to be very clear about whether you want to opt for a job in primary or government sector or run your own/family business.
Ask yourself whether you wish to settle in foreign lands or stay in India? It’s not an easy task but once you get down to it, you’ll try and make better decisions.
3. Perch on a branch!
Engineering is not only about one course; there is a broad spectrum of departments within the course. Engineering mainly consists of main branches of chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and systems engineering.
Apart from this, there are various other sub-disciplines and interdisciplinary subjects that derive from these major engineering branches. If you have a career in mind with Engineering, then you are set and will have no difficulty in choosing the Branch.
If you don’t have a set career, no worries, choose a branch that suits your interest. Reading the curriculum of a particular branch may help you decide better.
4. Do a background check.
With the assistance of first three tips, doing a background check on a college will be easy. There are end numbers of top B.Tech colleges in India to choose from and information on each one of them is just a click of a button away! Focus on the following factors when choosing a college:
- Availability of the desired branch
- Previous results.
5. Don’t hesitate to look beyond IITs
When Engineering comes to mind, the most obvious choice of colleges is IIT’s. It is hardly a surprise that getting into IIT’s is not easy at all. But don’t let your hopes of becoming an engineer come crashing down if you don’t get into IIT or for that matter any other big-shot Engineering colleges.
Do not restrict your search for the best college to IIT’s only when there are some other good colleges too. Colleges like PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur, etc.
To conclude, only you can choose the best engineering college for yourself and with these five tips on your fingertips, doing the same will be easy. Know the type, choose a career, decide a branch, check the college and don’t be stuck on IIT: and you will make the best choice. All the very best future engineer!