IIT Madras was established in the year 1959 and is considered to be the most prestigious to study in, by engineers and industry veterans alike. USP of this institute, as rated by experts, was predominantly the expertise amongst teaching faculty and the overall coaching imparted.
Another important aspect that was rated highly was, the instutute’s incubation opportunities for students to establish startups. IIT Madras also offers the IIT Madras Research Park that is set-up to further technology research in India.
Location: Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Joining essentials: Valid score and ranking in the IIT-Jee Advanced examination conducted by the central government.
Vellore Institute of Technology
Also called VIT, engineers today rate the institute’s instrumentation engineering department as one of the highlighting factors, other aspects include placements and recognition that engineers get after graduation.
Research facility offered, at VIT, also found preference amongst the experts we spoke to.
VIT offers twenty-seven graduate level engineering programs. These are termed B.Tech courses.
Location: Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Joining Essentials: Valid score in the VITEEE examination; branches can be selected as per order of merit.
Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore
This institute is better known as SJCE, was established in 1963 and is currently aided by the government of Karnataka. USP of the college are its Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Civil Engineering departments.
Placements offered by the colleges, along with its international connect, are also other factors rated highly by the general engineering community.
Location: Mysore city in Karnataka
Joining essentials: A valid rank in the Common Entrance Test (K-CET) conducted by the Karnataka state.
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (aka BITS Pilani)
Yet another engineering institution that is considered prestigious, BITS is a deemed university; the engineering community in general has rated the institute’s dedicated entrepreneurship focus, along with technical competitions, as a major USP apart from the coaching and the overall campus life on offer to students.
“I would rate BITS Pilani higher than the IITs considering its sheer competitive entrance examination, and the overall life that is offered to students,” states Dr Radhakrishnan.
Location: Pilani town in Rajasthan
Joining essentials: Valid score and ranking in the BITSAT entrance examination conducted by the BITS university.