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Rules for choosing an Engineering College

Rules for choosing an Engineering College“Engineering” and “Medicine” have stayed two most lucrative professions in India for a long time. Till late eighties in 20th century in India, every middle-class family would dream to have at least one child educated as an engineer. In early eighties, only few government educational institutions in India provided courses in Engineering. It was rapid industrialization and surge of information technology in nineties in India that opened floodgates for employment and growth of private engineering colleges across the nation. The same decade also saw the growth other faculties in engineering, such as civil, space and aeronautics, electronics, nuclear and space engineering. Being the second largest population in the world, India has now the second highest number of engineering colleges. In the last few decades, the country has incredible growth in science and technology and there goes no doubt that “Engineering” would stay the dream of a true careerist. Realizing the need for quality technical education in India, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was formed as the topmost institution in India in the year 1945 for overseeing every matter related to the spread of technical education. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) formed the National working group in AICTE to take care of the formation and growth of technical educational institutions in the year 1987 by an Act no 52. Following which, umpteen private institutions in Engineering and other professional studies came in to existence.

Frankly speaking, the scope for study of engineering has broadened considerably in the last two decades and unlike the past, now the average students could seek admission in engineering courses. But the student needs to know that only a certificate awarding an Engineering degree would not bring job opportunities either in government or private sector. As hundreds of thousands students are aspiring to take to this field in technical education, studying in a good engineering college has become difficult due to over-competition. Although, the number of institutions imparting courses in engineering has increased considerably, ‘quality’ of faculty and facilities for students are still abysmal in many colleges.  The students need to exercise caution and become selective while they seek admission in a college.

Good record in Campus Placement

Good record in Campus PlacementThis is the first criteria in selecting a good college. The important thing is students pursuing Engineering education often have to shoulder the dream of their parents, who expect them to land in lucrative careers after completing the course. Campus selection has become a potential trend of employment in India as elite engineering colleges serve as gateways to good careers. A successful candidate joint entrance examination (JEE) needs to check first that whether the particular college has good record in campus placement for its earlier batches. If the record is poor, it becomes sure that  quality of teaching, training, and faculty of the college cuts a sad figure and the institution is unworthy for the study of meritorious students. If anyone takes admission in such college, he would only end up with hard struggles after completing the course.

Selection of good branch in the course

A student needs to select good branch in engineering, which would bring opportunities either for higher studies or career. Survey conducted among students suggests that a higher degree after graduation courses in engineering bring better opportunities in employment. A post- graduation degree in engineering or Management could help the students gain access to better careers. For this, the students need to select from the branches available in courses, which would bring them opportunities in employment and higher studies. Here the students could take options by making a suitable choice from the courses like Computer Science, mechanical, Civil, or electrical. Selection of a good branch in the courses for engineering could bring opportunities for a better career.

Wait for the next chance

Wait for the next chanceWhen the student gets a poor ranking and finds prospect of admission in a college, which neither has superior facilities nor good teaching faculty, it is better for him if he does not take admission and waits for another year. Sitting at home and preparing for the next chance is thousand times better than studying in an engineering college, which does not provide good faculty and facilities to the students. Such colleges are a dime a dozen and ultimately end up in ruining the career of a student.  Excellent faculty and advanced labs are the two vital necessities in engineering study.

Does the College offer “Research Programme”?

Research ProgrammeIf the college has opportunities for research programme, it is certainly a worthier place for study. To add to it, if the college has done publications of papers in the reputed journals, it proves its quality in excellence of teaching as well as research. Few from the privately run colleges have such capacity in India. It is certainly an advantage, if the student gets admission into this college. He would gain better opportunities after completing the course from such colleges.

Does the engineering college offer coaching in fluency in English and personality development?

Fluency in English and personality developmentFluency in English is certainly the first necessity for finding a good job after completion of the course. Although in several private colleges in India, “communication skill and personality development “labs exist, lack of good faculty hampers development of students in finding  good job. A student might be sound in knowledge but if he is poor at proving his skill in the job interview, he would not gain anything ultimately. Again, selection in the job interview goes through various parts, such as group discussion, written test, and job interview. For success in these three parts, the students need multi-level preparedness. Therefore, only good teaching of subjects in a course in the engineering institute does not make it a holistic place for study. In the over-competitive world of engineering, students need to prepare intensely to get through the job interview. The engineering college must have the complete apparatus to teach the students about fluency in English and personality development. Without these facilities, the institution would not qualify as a fit place for the study of the students.