Engineering is among the most popular choice of study for many Indian students. India is a country where the population makes it very important for students to compete at their hardest to get into good institutions. The IITs hold a special place in the world of engineering. Setting standards of engineering, these colleges take in the cream of the crop as their selection exams are among the toughest to crack. But students need to realize that there are colleges other than the IITs which, too, have taken up the flag of engineering high. With that in mind let us look at the top 10 government engineering colleges in India other than IITs.
10. College of Engineering, Guindy:
The College of Engineering, Guindy is located in Chennai and is the nation’s oldest engineering college. It was established in 1794 and is one of the leading colleges in the nation even today. It is one of the four colleges that are under Anna University. The college has regularly set standards in the field of engineering and technology. It has much international collaboration and has some of the best engineering programs on offer to its students. It has regularly been featured in different lists for the top engineering colleges in the nation.
9. NIT, Rourkela:
The National Institute of Technology, Rourkela is in the state of Orissa and was established in 1961. It was formerly known as Regional Engineering College and the name was changed when it was recognized as a National Institute of Technology under the Institutes of National Importance in the year 2007. Like others in its class, NIT Rourkela is a deemed university and all its workings are looked after by a board of governors.
8. NSIT, Delhi:
Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology is among the top engineering institutions in North India. The institute is affiliated with the Delhi University’s Technological faculty. The admission for NSIT was done in conjunction with the Delhi College of Engineering but since DCE was changed to DTU, it offers B.Tech programs for Delhi University students. It was established in 1983 and has since remained one of the top technology colleges in the nation.
7. NIT, Warangal:
NIT-Warangal is the oldest of the Regional Engineering Colleges. Commissioned by the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru, it was established in 1959 in Andhra Pradesh. It offers excellent courses in engineering for bachelors and masters discipline alike. The admission for the NITs will be done by a new method starting 2013 where ranks will be given to students based on a test and a weighted value of the score in the class XII exams.
6. IIIT, Hyderabad:
The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad was established in 1998 and it has since then managed to become one of the most prestigious and coveted institutions for engineering studies. The college focuses largely on research even at the undergraduate levels which is uncommon for most engineering colleges in the country. Getting into the institution requires a good AIEEE score.
5. Delhi Technological University:
Delhi Technological University, formerly known as Delhi College of Engineering, is among the nation’s top technological institutions. It was established as a polytechnic university in 1941 but was given university status in 2009. It had recently come under fire as the DCE brand was dissolved and the DTU was created in its place, students did not take kindly to this and there was a long series of protests in 2010 but things seem to have died down and the new DTU is back to its old ways of securing high rankings.
4. ISM, Dhanbad:
The Indian School of Mines is one of the nation’s elite engineering institutions. It was established in 1926 and, today, is one of the only institutions outside the IITs which select students based on their performance in the Joint Entrance Examination. The procedure for converting ISM to an IIT has already begun. It is a deemed university and also offers courses in sciences, management and humanities; however, engineering continues to be the primary course.
3. NIT, Karnataka:
NIT-Karnataka was founded as Karnataka Regional Engineering College in 1960 and is one of the leading NITs of the country. It is often ranked as the best of all NITs though there are others which also deserve that position. Its suburban campus has its own beach and its very own lighthouse. It has a primarily residential campus because of its location.
2. NIT, Tiruchirapalli:
NIT-Tiruchirapalli is among the nation’s top engineering colleges. It was established in 1964 as one of the Regional Engineering Colleges and today it is one among the top 30 NITs. The 3.2 square kilometer campus is located just on the outskirts of Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu. Its department of Architecture is also among the best in the country as it is also regularly featured in the top 10 rankings. It is one of the best colleges to opt for and is considered at par with IITs sometimes.
1. NIT, Calicut:
NIT-Calicut is one among the best NITs in the entire nation. It is one of the best engineering institutions in the country and is also among the few to have its own supercomputer. It was established in 1961 as REC-Calicut. It is a fully residential institution and is located a few miles outside the city of Calicut in Kerala. It is run as a deemed university which is autonomous in most aspects. It is home to one of the country’s largest libraries and is also considered among the best institutions for research and development.