How to rate your college
Quality of placements: 40% marks
Two issues have to be kept in mind when you look at placements -- numbers and the type of companies that recruit the bulk of students. First, identify the average percentage of placements by looking at the Mandatory Disclosures (downloadable from site). If the list of companies and the number of offers are given, it is a good sign. See the percentage of students placed. Since the biggest recruiters are IT companies, and since they recruit from circuit branches (ECE, EEE, IT, CSE) branch-wise placement record is quite essential.
Quality of Infrastructure: 20% marks
Do not go by buildings and land holdings. They are the easiest to acquire. How good are labs in the discipline of your choice? Do they have modern equipment and in enough numbers? How many books per student are there in the library? What e-journals do they subscribe to? How much bandwidth on a per capita basis do they have? These are difficult questions that can get answers from the website alone.
Quality of faculty: 20% marks
This is impossible to assess correctly for any young student. But be on the lookout for years of experience of the faculty. Verify if a sizable section of the faculty has less than three to five years of experience; they would be rookies with no teaching experience. The more the number of faculty in the team between 10-20 years, the better would be the quality. This is only a ballpark measure so take it as such. Speak with your seniors to see if the quality of faculty is good.
Quality industry interface: 20%
Look for tie-ups with industry, like the Microsoft Research Centre, IBM Research Centre or Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) core. See if the institute has a tech park. Find out whether it has received funding from external agencies for research.
If a school in your assessment scores less than 35% overall, and if you still join it, because you just have to do a BE/B.Tech, then go with the realization that it will be a hard grind in your life after education.
Types of engineering colleges
The best in the country, nearly 2-3 lakh students vie for the 15,000 seats on offer. But the new IITs are plagued by faculty shortage, and their infrastructure is yet to be in place. So the established IITs must be the first choice. Vis-Ã -vis the newer ones, the established NITS might offer better value.
NITs & IIITs
NITs and IIITs are set up by the central government (IIITs are set up in collaboration with private sector and State governments) and are the places to go for engineering. While older NITs have established themselves, newer ones need time to be in the reckoning. However, next to IITs they offer the best engineering education.
University Departments/Constituent Colleges
These are colleges, which gave birth to engineering education in the country, like the College of Engineering, Anna University, or the College of Engineering, Pune University. These are pioneering institutions in respective States and remain the first choice for State-level engineering aspirants.
They form the largest number of engineering colleges both in public and private sectors. They account for over 90% of the seats. And they are quite varied in their quality and value of their programme. So evaluate carefully before you sign up.
Private universities/ Deemed Universities
Despite the uncertainty due to the Tandon Committee Report, Deemed universities have emerged out of existing engineering colleges and some of them like BITS Pilani are very well known. Do look at their pedigree and then decide on the admissions.