Engineering streams are among the most popular educational options for high school graduates in India. There are numerous well-established and reputed universities and colleges offering scores of engineering specialisations for students to choose from.
Choosing an appropriate engineering college for your higher studies is an important decision and merits consideration on a lot of factors. Read this blog to explore some vital factors that can determine the best engineering college for you.
- College certifications and accreditations
The most important task before selecting any college is to check its certifications and accreditations. These approvals are given to universities which maintain certain academic standards. Earning a degree from a non-accredited college can result in you wasting a lot of money and effort for an unrecognised degree.
In India, engineering colleges should be approved by the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) and UGC (University Grants Commission). In addition, some colleges also receive approval from the NBA (National Board of Accreditation) and the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council).
You should check the websites of your short-listed colleges to ensure that they have the necessary accreditations and approvals.
- State-of-the-art facilities and amenities
Engineering is a technical domain and requires extensive practical knowledge in addition to theoretical concepts. Hence, the colleges offering degrees in engineering disciplines should have decent technical infrastructure and equipment such as practical labs and digital classrooms for all the specialisations.
The college should also have other infrastructure and amenities for students such as a well-stocked library, lots of athletic and green open spaces for physical exercise of the students, auditoriums and clubs promoting extra-curricular activities.
- Availability of in-demand engineering specialisations
There are a number of engineering specialisations available in India like petroleum engineering, IT, computer science, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and mechanical engineering with high career prospects. Most engineering colleges offer a good mix of these engineering specialisations.
Depending on your career aspirations, you can select an engineering college that offers the specialisation of your choice along with a customised curriculum in the subject. Good engineering colleges usually have updated programme curriculum’s to help acquaint their students with the latest engineering trends.
- Excellent placement record and academic support
Campus placements are a huge determinant for selecting the right engineering college. Reputed institutions and established colleges generally invite technological companies to their campuses to recruit their students. Efficient campus placements can ensure you get a decent job even before your graduation.
To ensure if your short-listed college has good campus placements, you can check their past placement records or interact with the college alumni to verify the colleges’ claims. You should also look for colleges that offer academic support programmes to prepare their students for job interviews with communication skills training and resume assistance.
Apart from the above-mentioned factors, you should also look for colleges that have qualified and well-trained faculty, excellent research initiatives and affordable education and scholarship programmes.
Once a college meets all the above criteria, you can be assured of your education in the institution. UPES is a premium institution renowned for its academic prowess and diversity in educational programmes. You can check this page to find about the UPES School of Engineering and the different specialisations offered under the school.