How to choose the right engineering college

July 4, 2012

With more than 2,000 colleges in the country, you may be spoilt for choice during admission season. It is important to research well before you take the plunge

Which of the following is true for you?

  • You got into trouble with your parents for opening-up the mobile / computer
  • You think about solving problems when your teacher is speaking in class
  • You are called “very practical”
  • You were told that you have very good observational skills

If you have more than two of the above then you need to be pursuing an engineering career.

Do you realise that choosing an engineering college is also like solving a problem and taking a decision?

With more than 2,000 engineering colleges across the nation you would need to make multiple decisions in order to get into the right college with the right environment and with the right kind of support to launch yourself.

Like any decision there is a risk involved and in this case it might be a big chunk of your parent’s savings and more critically, your career is at stake.

Here are the three decision-making factors that you should keep in mind:

  • Made in Cheena?
  • The ‘Gurukul Test’
  • Tipping Point

Fake products are abundant in the market and so are fake educational institutions.

First and foremost, investigate the legal sanctity of the institution and the degree offered. Choosing and enrolling into a fake institution will not only pour your money down the drain but also plunge you into deep regret.

Read the points below and make a smart choice. It is a bit like learning to separate ‘Cheena’ from ‘China’!

Imagine spending four years of your life in an institute which would feel just like home.

In the ancient days, Gurukuls would achieve a homely ambience. Times have changed now but the importance of the environment still remains. So what comprises a great study environment?

Here are four factors you should get right and will give you a good night’s sleep (not during exams though!) after you enroll.

1. Faculty

Look for the elephant’s tooth! Elephant’s tusks are not used for chewing. So do not mistake the tusk for the tooth. What I mean is that you must try to find out more about the kind of faculties.

Do not just look at the names mentioned in the brochures as it could happen that a lot of such names do not actually teach. If you find fancy names under ‘advisory council’ but do not find those names mentioned under ‘department faculty’, you know that these people are just for namesake and may not actually teach you.

So beware the tusker!

2. Campus

Make sure that you visit the campus where the classes will be held. Look at the lab facilities and try to figure out whether the equipment kept in those labs is actually being used or not.

If you find equipment that looks like straight out of the showroom (or the antique room), you know that possibly you will also never get a chance to use that equipment.

3. Environment

Interact with current students of the college and figure out the kind of environment that the institute provides.

Does the college have a culture of ‘cuts and bunks’, do the teachers take classes regularly, does the management provide right discipline to enable healthy learning environment etc.

Essentially, try to get a feel whether the place where you will spend eight hours every day for the next four years, meets your expectations or not.

4. Accreditation

Most good colleges go in for accreditation from National Board of Accreditation. This generally means that the college maintains certain standards, intends to be competitive and is quality conscious.

Find out the accreditation status from http://www.nba-aicte.ernet.in.

Engineering is a lot of hard work and involves a lot opportunity cost (the alternate uses that you could have put the money to, the alternate college / career that you could have pursued etc) and you want just rewards for all the effort.

The best way the college can reward you is by arranging campus placements. This for many of you will be the ‘tipping point’. In other words, the right company can tip you or push you into a better career growth as compared to poor start in a wrong job.

Also remember, the main role of the college is to provide you good academic inputs and help you get a degree; they have no obligation to get you a job. It is only left to the initiative of the college management to get you a job by the end of your degree.

It becomes all the more important in these tough economic times that the college you join has an active interest in getting you a job. The ‘placement record’ is an external or third party endorsement of the college and is generally an accurate assessment of the quality of the college.

The following factors will decide your tipping point:

1. Training and Placement Office (TPO) activities

Most engineering colleges will have a TPO. However, it is important to know how active they are. What all did the cell do in the last year. How many opportunities did the students get in the last couple of years. Check the notice boards!

2. Placement rate

How many students actually got placed in the last few years? While most colleges will claim 100 per cent placements, it is important for you to find out how true those claims are. If the college is just naming the companies that interviewed the students, chances are high that the students are not getting placements.

3. Career programmes

How many students get selected for good MBA or MS programmes is also a good indicator of how successful students will be after completing their engineering.

4. Employment and career readiness initiatives

A very strong indicator on the attitude of the management towards placements can also be judged by the initiatives being taken to get students ready for the industry. Does the college have industry-readiness programmes being run in addition to the regular academic input?

So while your passion is engineering and you love your subject, also use the three-point formula:

  • Avoid the fakes
  • Select the environment suits you, and
  • Keep placements in mind

When you become an engineer, you will be happy you followed this engineering formula.

Source : Rediff


How to choose the right Engineering College

May 24, 2010

How to choose the right Engineering College?

This is one of the most important decision which students / parents need to take before they choose any college, here are the few points which you should always try to check out before joining any college —

a. Affiliation & Accreditation:

This comes first and foremost. Is the college affiliated with a university which is recognized by industries not only in India  but worldwide. Will colleges abroad recognize the degree when you apply for post-graduation? Be careful with this. Accreditation is the process by which the college conforms to certain standards recognized by institutions and industries. It is a seal of quality.

b. Reputation:

This might sound shallow, but it’s more complex than you think. Look into how long the college has been around and find students who have studied there through Linkedin or other communities. Rankings are usually subjective but getting a hold of a few sources wouldn’t hurt.

c. Infrastructure:

Proper education would only come with the right resources. Have a look at the labs, teacher to student ratio, additional facilities, strong management support. Check to see if labs are shared and that they have the latest equipment.

d. Faculty:

This is huge. Sadly a lot of private colleges will employ your seniors to finish graduating and come back to teach you! What’s the use if there aren’t any experienced hands to give you deeper insight into concepts?

e. Job-skills Training and Practice sessions:

Some colleges have finally started listening to industrialists’ concerns that 80% of India’s graduates don’t possess the skills to be employed. As a result they have started bringing in experts to impart practical training and give them the skills that can actually be used directly at the job given. Internships also fall under this category. PLEASE CHECK FOR THIS. You don’t want to feel like you don’t know anything outside your textbook after 4 years!

f. Location:

A lot of private colleges are set up outside cities or smaller towns because of lesser land prices. As a result many rural students also get admitted into these colleges. While there is nothing wrong about it, choosing a college in the city has its obvious advantages. Access to companies, public exhibitions and any available resource means you have a better perspective.

g. Placements:

Given the recession period, companies are recruiting students very carefully so most colleges are struggling to find partners. But there are still colleges with good links who find jobs for most of their students. Be sure to check for placement record.

h. Personal experience:

With the internet you can find present and former students and get a good idea of the college you want to go to. Keep in mind that even in the same college, one department might be way more efficient and advanced than another one.