I started writing a complete guide for PhD at InI Research just to make a difference between M.Tech and research programs.
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Since I was in M.Tech final semester I started looking good places in India to conduct research in computer science and engineering. After making three failed attempts to IISc Bangalore, I started looking for alternatives to do PhD that could get me recognition as well as security in terms of job and position.
Selecting a place for research can be a difficult choice and may depend on many factors. Choosing a very good place like IISc may not be good for everyone. As a case one may end up fighting problems with too high standards of the institute and take over 5 yrs to finish PhD and sometime drop the plan for a job. On the same time opting for a part time PhD may not satisfy you or may not be able to fetch recognition and a respectable job.
It also depends on reasons for doing PhD. If one need a PhD for his promotion in academics career, hike in salary, or stable job in academics then usually state run universities and part time PhDs do for these causes. Going to good places for PhD may lead to regret as they will take over 5yrs and without a good motivation it will be real pain.
It also depends on age and motivation. If one is about 40yrs of age with two kids, usually they prefer just PhD degree, rather than the interest to contribute. But there are exceptions too. But for young people it is always recommended to opt best schools in India to have a good research exposure and career.
Many Universities and Institutes including private institutes in India are now offering PhD in Engineering and Sciences. The institutes I preferred during my quest for PhD are below. India will be a great place for PhD if you how to work in limited resources. The list is as blow for engineering and sciences.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
Indian Institute Technology (IITs)
Tata Institute of Fundamental Reseach (TIFR)
Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI)
Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata (ISI)
Hyderabad Central University (HCU)
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
There are other dedicated research centers supported by CSIR and other research agencies in India, that offer PhD and Masters programs in a specialized field. I will try to post a comprehensive list of research centers and their specialization on this blog. And will start a page for PhD Admissions in India. You can find ranking of Indian Institutes based on research here.
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