how to choose your engineering college

Just scoring well in AIEEE is not enough. What is important is to choose the right field of engineering you wish to pursue and which college should you enroll? In this engineering admission season, Learnhub speaks to experts and students to help you choose the right college and stream of engineering. So get clicking to make the correct choice.
In this lesson, we will try to sort out your confusion on what should be the parameters to pick your engineering college. Should brand take precedence over placements or should faculty be given importance over infrastructure? Let's find out…
1) Faculty: If the faculty is good, the quality of education you will get will also be good. Important tips by experts to check out if the faculty of an engineering institute is good are -:
a) Review the number of faculty members with a PhD degree.
b) Check out the number of faculty members with an M.Tech degree.
c) Find out where your teachers have got their highest degrees. If it is from the same institute in which they are teaching, then the quality of education would not be very good.
d) Find out the faculty-student ratio: A small ratio would mean personalized attention and help you to perform well in academics.
e) Find out if your faculty members are active in research. These research-oriented teachers will normally have a better understanding of the latest developments in the area, and will therefore be in a position to explain better.
f) Number of workshops, seminars conducted by the institute also reflects the quality of an institute.
2) Accreditation: Your institute should be recognized by NAAC, AICTE or NBA. Accreditation is a process of quality assurance whereby programmes in an approved institution is critically apprised to verify whether that programme meets the norms and standards laid down. It is important if you are interested in studying further or even applying for a job/migrating abroad. Get the legal status of the degree you study for. If the school is not well-known, make sure that the degree is recognised.
3) Infrastructure: In fields like engineering, biotechnology and biology, having state-of-the-art and well equipped labs are a must. Also how good are the libraries, computer labs, projection room, etc? Also check out the sports, hostel facilities to know more about your institute.
4) Brand value: The names of some colleges, like IITs, NITs, is enough and have a high brand recall because of their quality of education. This is reflected by the achievements of their alumni and the research output of faculty and graduate students, other colleges have high brand recall due to advertising on a large scale. The brand of an institute also has an impact on its placements. Big companies will make a beeline for IITs and other renowned institutes than compared to other institutes of less repute. Also companies that recruit thousands of students from campuses every year would typically not go to campuses where they are likely to get just 5-10 potential employees.
5) Placements: Check out the campus placements graduates have got to get an understanding about the value of an institute. If big companies and MNCs are coming year after year to recruit students from that institute, it means that the quality of graduates is highly employable.
6) Location: Try to find an engineering institute in metros as there are better placements prospects. Talking about this, Saumil Shrivastava, an alumnus from IIT-Bombay, says, "Always try to go for an institute in Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore as most big companies recruit engineering students from big cities as it is convenient from them."
7) Other factors -:
A) Status of the institute: A university status typically would mean greater academic freedom for innovation.
B) Updated curriculum
C) Renowned alumni
D) Extracurricular activities
E) A fully-residential campus usually provides a better learning environment.


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