Top rankers in India, have easy choice for them and then students with low ranks have clear things to do. High rankers go to IITs and low rankers go to a college near their homes. But the real challenge is for an average candidate all the time. Where to go so many options and really don’t know what is best for them.
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Questions like what is better average NIT or a good university, IIIT or a good university. Shall I spend a year prepare and go ahead or just move take admission? All these questions wont one let sleep for many nights if you are serious about career.
In this post I will try to give some pointers that would help you to resolve this mystery. Problems are always big n there in life, the best thing to find a way to solve them. This question is one like that.
If I have many options I would see what all these institute are going to offer me and how big I can grow with a degree from there. I would classify any institute for following categories.
For me it’s really important to make a decision. I really love to grab the best things in my life and sometimes I give too much effort to reach out there. I think only IITs and IISc deserve a crazy effort. If you are getting into it just go ahead. You can refer to my vid about M.Tech admissions 2013 to know my stand why I go after best brands.
If somehow I got to leave Top Engineering schools in India then the first thing I do is to look for the people (faculty) behind that Institute or University. They are real face of any institution. IITs are exception because of its super performer students, who rocked the world of engineering.
When you are doing research about faculty of the institute do visit the department website and check faculty profiles and see their research contribution and checkout how many books and research papers they have and how many published in last two years.
Its impossible find that all faculty members are active. Just make sure you have enough number of good faculty members from whom you can learn a good deal of technology. I prefer faculty who wrote books because they know what they are teaching.
Another thing to look at when you are trying to learn about faculty is projects and industrial relations of a faculty member. Few faculty members are more active and focused in industrial research.
Go through the placement stats for the institute for last couple of years and make sure that best companies in the nation are visiting the institute for placements. Many NITs don’t have top companies visiting for placements so be careful when making a choice. NIT is not as big brand as IITs that surpass all other parameters.
Culture (Student Diversity)
For me culture of the institute is also very important. Does institute have diversity of students? By diversity I mean students from all parts of India instead of being focused on some state. This is important to understand the whole nation while you are just a student. This will help you in moving all around for good opportunities and adjust and adopt quickly.
History (Alma matter)
This is one of the most important criteria to select an institute for higher education. Institutions are known for their outcome. What kind of students they contributed nation, industry and the entire world tells a lot about the institute. For example IISc produce few brightest minds in research area, IITs produce great industry and technology leaders. NITs contributed to the national development, few great universities contributed a lot towards domestic and international research. IIITs are trying to focus on industry and applied research.
When you don’t have a great score and you have make a choice I would suggest you search for this information and classify it reach out to the best possible place. The more competitive people you face the faster you grow in life.
I would prefer an institute with a great alma matter and faculties if I have an average GATE score and not reaching out to top brand in the nation. If you have any questions do visit InI forums and feel free to ask.
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Hope this helps, whish you all a great luck ahead.