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Friday, May 28, 2010

IIT-K is India's Top Engineering College

New Delhi: IIT Kanpur (IIT-K) is the leading engineering college in India, according to a new survey that has ranked the country’s top 20 engineering colleges in 10 cities.

The extensive survey, commissioned by Zee News and DNA, was conducted by Ipsos, the world’s third-ranked research agency. According to the findings, IIT-Kanpur topped the list, followed by IIT-Delhi and IIT-Mumbai.

IIT-Kharagpur, which was once considered the best engineering college in the country, was ranked fourth in the survey. IIT-Roorkee, IIT-Madras, IIT-Guwahati, BITS Pilani, Delhi College of Engineering, and Institute of Technology-BHU (Banaras) are also in the top 10 bracket.

NIT-Warangal, MN-NIT (Allahabad), Engineering College of SRM (Chennai), College of Engineering (Pune), Visvesvariah Technological Institute (Belgaum), Indian Institute of Information Technology (Hyderabad), Vellore Institute of Technology, Manipal Institute of Technology (Manipal), Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Technology (Gandhinagar) and NIT (Trichy) are among the others who made it to the top 20.

The research was undertaken to evaluate the status of engineering colleges in India.

Said Satish K Singh, editor of Zee News, “One can’t manufacture growth but can engineer one. It goes without saying that technical expertise or engineering marvel is the bedrock of any country’s development, more so in contemporary times. It is precisely because of this that Zee News decided to take stock of our engineering institutions and hence this survey. It is the second in our series of surveys of the country’s higher education system. Many more will follow.”

The world-class survey was backed by foolproof groundwork undertaken on the basis of inputs from leading academicians, faculty members and alumni, and the current as well as prospective students of the colleges concerned.

B ‘Nary’ Narayanaswamy of Ipsos elaborated on the logic behind the research. “India will now lay more emphasis on infrastructure, both in physical terms, such as in the form of townships, SEZs, roads and ports, and also IT infrastructure. This will vastly expand the scale at which different specialists would be needed, especially as compared to the demand in the past. In other words, it is not just a generic need for technocrats that will intensify. The IITs and other technical institutions would do well to examine their curriculum and the medium of instruction in this light.”

The parameters of the survey were chosen after a lot of research and planning.

The history and reputation, admission process, course curriculum, learning environment, faculty competence, infrastructure, foreign exchange programmes, research facilities, laboratories and workshops, hostel facilities, placements, and new innovative courses of the colleges were taken into account while conducting the survey.