The answer to ” which is the best engineering college in India” is almost redundant. Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have been at the pinnacle of engineering education for decades and have once again topped the list of best engineering colleges in India, according to a latest report.
In fact, it is IIT Kanpur that sits at the top of the list of India’s top engineering colleges, in an India Today Nielson findings of 2012. Established in 1959 as one of the first Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT Kanpur was created with the assistance of a consortium of nine leading US research universities as part of the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP).
Second on the list it IIT Delhi, which was established as College of Engineering and Technology in 1961, before being upgraded as an Indian Institute of Technology in 1963.
The third on the list is India’s oldest IIT – Kharagpur that was set up in 1951 to train engineers and scientists. Among IITs, the Kharagpur institute has the largest campus (2,100 acres), the most departments, and the highest student enrolment.
The fourth place is taken by IIT Chennai, and at the fifth position is a private university – BITS Pilani. Set up in 1964, Birla Institute of Technology and Science has 15 academic departments with a focus on education in Engineering and the Sciences.
At number six is IIT Roorkee which is Asia’s oldest technical institution. Founded in 1847, it was given the university status in 1949 and, became an IIT in 2001. IIT Roorkee has 18 academic departments covering Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences and Management programmes.
In fact, IITs have secured six of the top ten positions in the engineering universities’ list in India. Make it seven, as IT-BHU in Varanasi, at number seven, will soon be declared an Indian Institute of Technology. Students admitted to the institute after 2006-2007 will be awarded IIT degrees.
However, IIT Powai (Mumbai) has missed a place in the top 10 engineering colleges of India. Thousands of students appear for the IIT JEE – the entrance test to get into an IIT, and compete for about 10,000 seats available.
Many of these seats are reserved for special groups like scheduled and backward classes, and others, including those for the children of NRIs (non-resident Indians). The Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (popularly known as IIT-JEE ) is an annual college entrance examination in India.
About 17 colleges use JEE as a sole criterion for admission to their undergraduate programs. The fifteen colleges include the 15 IITs, IT-BHU Varanasi, and ISMU Dhanbad.
However, not all is lost for those that can’t make into the IITs. Many students also appear for the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) in addition to IIT JEE. More than 1 million students appeared for AIEEE in 2012, which opens the doors to many top-rated engineering colleges like the National Institute of Technology and Delhi Technological University, in addition to the IITs. AIEEE cut offs are believed to be lower than IIT JEE.
India’s Top 10 Engineering colleges
- IIT Kanpur
- IIT Delhi
- IIT Kharagpur
- IIT Chennai
- BITS Pilani
- IIT Roorkee
- Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi (soon to become an IIT)
- National Institute of Technology Karnataka
- National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
- IIT Guwahati