Monday, January 23, 2012

Four Rules for Selecting Your Engineering School and Branch

There are so many engineering seats that remain vacant especially in Southern States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It has reached a stage that every Tom, Dick and Harry can get a seat in one of the engineering colleges that have mushroomed in all parts of these states. Now with so many colleges offering so many courses it is a tough task to select the most suitable engineering school for you. Here are four tips that may possibly help you select the best possible engineering school.
Rule # 1 – If you are looking for just “A JOB” after engineering, take any branch in a good engineering school that has a track record of campus placement over 95% of their students:
When one interacts with the 12th grade students preparing for their engineering entrance exam one question that comes up most – “which branch of engineering should one opt for?” The students asking this question have no preference for any branch and most of them are planning to do engineering just because of pressure from parents or because their friends are doing it. To such students if one asks them what he/she wants to do after engineering the most common reply will be that “I need to get a job that pays me very well”. They are happy with any engineering job as long as it pays them well. This is the same trend we see in campus placement also. Students specializing in Civil or Mechanical or Chemical or Biotechnology end up in software companies. To such students who don’t have preference for any particular job and still want to do engineering – choose a good and established engineering school with a good placement record and take any branch of engineering in that school.
Rule # 2 – If one has plan of doing higher studies after their bachelors try to take the traditional branches of engineering.
If one has plans to do higher studies after their engineering it is always better to go for traditional branches of engineering like Mechanical, Civil, Computer Science or Electrical and Electronics. There are lots of opportunities available in India and abroad do higher studies in the traditional branches of engineering. Suppose one student took Polymer Engineering branch for undergraduate degree, that student has already narrowed down his area of specialization. Now that student wants to do a Masters degree, he has to do in Polymer Engineering only. Now if the same student has taken Chemical Engineering for his under-graduation, then Polymer Engineering is one of the many option available along with many other areas of specializations like Biochemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering or Transportation Engineering to name few. 
Rule # 3 – It is better to wait another year than join an engineering school with no facilities or good faculties.
There are hundreds of engineering schools around that don’t have good facilities or teachers. Companies never even come to these schools for campus placements and students graduate out of these schools as half baked engineers with no jobs. It may even take them years to find a job. Rather than wasting your precious years after graduation it is always better to sacrifice one year after 12th grade to get into a good engineering school with good facilities and good placement records if you cannot make it first time. 
Rule # 4 – Best engineering schools are always the one where maximum research happens
If one wants to study in best engineering school, you should look beyond facilities and placement records. One should aim to get an admission in a school that does cutting edge research in your area of study. The number of papers published in peer reviewed journals, funded projects and the consulting works in schools should be one of the criteria in selecting the best engineering school. When a school has good facilities, faculties and good research program, it means more exposure for students studying there to the latest advances in their area of study. A student coming out of such a school will never has to look back as he may have all the necessary foundation for a successful career in his chosen engineering field. 
Please do share if there are any other rules that you used to select the engineering school.

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