A phenomena called “brain drain” swept India and it it by storm, with numbers of Indian nations immigrating to foreign lands for jobs and to further their education and skills. Why is Indian employment abroad becoming a treasure countries are exploiting and digging into?
The answer would lie in the rigorous education Indian children get based on discipline, academic merit and a focus on school core curriculums. One could make an argument for how children aren’t leading an exactly wholesome, balanced life by becoming robots under the spell and influence of the requirements by the system, but it sure isn’t leading to a dearth of brains in the country.
India is reputed as one of the countries that gives birth to top-class, world renowned, revolutionary scientists, lawyers, doctors and other such challenging academic disciplines. And how could India not? Starting from an early age onwards, children are encouraged to take coaching classes outside of daily school, which puts them in the habit of regular studying for hours.
All counter-arguments set aside, the one fact cannot be disputed is: India is a nation that produces a LOT of engineers. The pressure and challenges that come with are portrayed in famous movies like 2 Idiots, a movie based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel, “Five Point Someone”.
Let’s take a closer look at some of these institutes (not surprisingly, most of them are different branches of IIT) and what makes engineers with their degrees tick:
#10: Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Kolkata
It ranks #5 in terms of ranks in placement segment with a cumulative score of 26.1 out of 40. It does not however, suffice or match the standards of the best architectural and infrastructural schools in the country, as well as in academic environment rankings.
NSIT offers both BE level courses in engineering, as well as post-graduate MTech course levels of learning in different engineering disciplines.
#9: National Institute of Technology, Karnataka
This college, unlike NSIT, does not find a place in top 10 in placement segments but does place ninth in the infrastructure segment with score of 5 on 10.
It was founded in July 1960 as merger between the Karnataka government and the Central government under Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal.
#8: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Although it does not place in the placement segments or infrastructure, it places a comfortable fifth position with a ranking of 10.9 out of 20.
It began in 1919 in Varanasi and has 13 departments and three inter-disciplinary schools.
#7: IIT, Guwahati
Established by the Government of India, it is located in the state of Assam and was the sixth branch under IIT in India. IITG is recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the government of India.
The campus is on a 700 acre plot of land and only about 20km away from the heart of the city. It has the glorious Brahmaputra on one side and lush hills and landscape on the other.
The hostels and rivers are named after North-East tributaries in India and there are a number of festivals and events held on an annual basis in the college campus.
#6: BITS Pilani, Rajasthan
It is an Indian institute of higher education with 15 academic departments and focuses on an undergraduate education in engineering and the sciences.
It was established in 1964, and there are other BITS centers in Hyderabad, Goa and Dubai. The institute is funded privately.
It has faced a lot of expansion since it was founded in 1943 and the intermediate college became a degree college.
#5: IIT, Hyderabad
A public university in Medak district, IIT Hyderabad runs from a temporary campus located at Ordnance Factory Medak’s estate in Yeddumailaram, while the permanent campus in Kandi being constructed.
It is one of the 8 new IIT’s established under the Government of India trust. Admission is conducted through JEE exams annually. ELAN is the annual technical and cultural festival of IITH, held typically in spring season.
#4: IIT, Kharagpur
It is a public engineering institution established in 1951 established to train scientists and engineers after India gained independence in 1947. Among all IITs, IIT Kharagpur has the largest campus (2100 acres), the most number of departments and the highest student enrollment.
It is known for its socio-cultural spring fest as well as its technical Kshitij fest annually.
Admission to undergraduate and post-graduate students is granted through JEE examinations while PhD and doctorate students attend personal interviews.
#3: IIT, Delhi
Slipping in its rankings lately, it is a public research university funded under the IIT Act. IIT Delhi is located in Hauz Khas, New Delhi.
It is a scenic area surrounded by monuments like the Qutab Minar and the Lotus Temple. It is in close proximity to other famous universities like National Institute of Fashion Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru University and AIIMS.
There are 13 hostels named after Indian mountain ranges and separate apartments for married students.
#2: IIT, Madras
It is an autonomous public engineering combined with a research institute in Chennai. Its campus occupies 620 acres and boasts nearly 550 faculties, 8,000 students and 1,250 administrative and supporting staff.
A lot of the campus is protected forest area with sightings of species like the black buck, chital (spotted deer) in Guindy National Park.
The institute has 16 academic departments and advanced research centres across disciplines of engineering and pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories.
#1: IIT, Bombay
Consistently ranked one of the top universities for education in India, IIT Bombay began in 1957 and the first batch of 100 students was admitted in 1958. IIT Bombay has a comprehensive graduate program offering doctoral degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
It was established with assistance from UNESCO. It is situated in Powai, a suburb in North-east Bombay.