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October 26, 2009

How to Choose the Best Engineering College for You

How to Choose the Best Engineering College for You

When you plan to earn an engineering degree in India, there are a plethora of options for you to choose from. In fact, with the large number of engineering colleges that are mushrooming by the day in the country, you are spoiled for choice. From the top tier IITs to the private colleges in each state that are on the bottom rung of the ladder, each college differs only in the quality of the degree, the staff, the infrastructure and the effort you have to put in to get into their portals – the degrees offered are more or less the same. So if you want to choose the best engineering college for you, here’s how you could go about it:

• Know your abilities: You can set your sights high, but do you have the power to reach your goal? I’m sure all of us aspire to get into the premier institutes of the country like the IITs and other well-known colleges. But only if you are capable of setting aside time to prepare for your exam, dedicating yourself to diligent preparation, and finally and most important of all, being able to clear the exam, should you even think of applying to these institutes. If not, you could avoid wasting a lot of time and effort and enroll yourself at a college that is more suited to your abilities.

• Think long term: Even if you are able to gain admission to the top-tier institutions, getting through the four or five years is an uphill climb that most students find difficult to handle. You are under pressure most of the time to perform and keep up to the standard expected of these institutions. So if you know or even suspect that you may not be capable of continuously stepping up to the bar, don’t waste your time and effort in even applying to these institutions.

• Think of the expenses: Educational loans are not very common in India, and it’s mostly the parents who foot the bill for university. And while most admissions are based on merit, there is something called the management quota through which you can “buy” a seat if you have the money. But unless you are pretty sure of recouping all the money you spend on a fancy education at a prestigious institute through a great job opportunity or you come from a rich family with money to burn, think about your choice of university long and hard before you take this route into college. Engineers are a dime a dozen in India, and unless you can prove that you stand out from the crowd in the job market, you cannot go around blowing money on your education.

• Look at job prospects: Some colleges are better placed than others in providing job opportunities through recruitment fairs and other ties with prominent companies and businesses. So choose one of these if you have a choice in the matter.

• Other aspects count too: And then there are the miscellaneous details of travelling to and from home during vacations and dealing with homesickness if this is your first time away from home. If you are the kind who needs the family connection in order to be comfortable at college, don’t enroll at a university that’s far away from where your folks live.

This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of engineering degree online . Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address:

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