Lets start off with Vellore Institute of Technology. It is often the first choice of students after the central and state-funded universities across India. Although, there is a mixed opinion from experts about this university regarding its faculty and academics, there can be no mixed feelings regarding its placements. Companies like Flipkart, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Schneider and Cisco have recruited from their campus this year with Flipkart offering 12.5 lakhs per annum. DE Shaw hired for 14.5 lakhs per annum. VIT is quickly emerging as one of the more finer institutions in the country. Yes, placements is not the sole criteria to judge any college, but, if the MNCs are paying the bucks, they sure are finding quality at this institution, aren't they. This should probably, end any doubt in a student's mind as to whether he or she should join a private university beyond the BITS or not.
Let us now focus on the placements of NIT Warangal, till Dec 2012 of-course. It has had its best placement season so far despite the global economic slowdown. Infact, NIT-W, with 9 foreign placements ( highest of $119,000) till December '12, has more students placed abroad than all the other NITs put together, according to our findings, till date. But, it was surprising to find that all the students placed abroad or with the highest of domestric salaries, were from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering. We have found that the highest for ECE and Mech Departments were only 15.4 lpa and 13.77 lpa and the average package at these branches were only 7.5 lpa and 6 lpa respectively. Even, the highest domestic package of 20 lakhs was from the CSE department. The average package for Computer Science at NITW this year rose to around 11 lakhs per annum. The only question that arises is why aren't the engineers from the core branches being paid high enough!
The package at NITs, although posh, are however, much lesser than the old IITs where the average package for CSE lies between 16-25 lakhs per year and touches upto 9 lakhs for the core branches. The difference, as identified by the students at NITs and other government colleges, are that there are still many premier MNCs which recruit only from the IITs. They want the best of the best, and the rest are just not good enough. The highest package at IIT Kharagpur was $145,600 followed by $136,500. The situation of core branches however was not comparable with the Computer department even here.
At Delhi Technological University, a Korean company offered 35 lakhs per annum jobs to its students. Also, a healthcare company from the US recruited 6 students at a whopping renumeration of $100,000. DTU was always known for its superb placements, and it has made its position only stronger. NSIT Delhi too has had two of its students placed in Facebook thus making Delhi a richer city.
At another premier south NIT, NIT Calicut, a student was recruited for Rs. 70,00,000 by Google. In the year 2010-11, the average package for Mechanical was 8.4 lpa here which was higher than most of the IITs as well. NIT Calicut is nowadays regarded as a top class technical institute of India.
MANIT Bhopal created history, when two of its students got sold for a mind-blowing Rs. 1.1 crore. 2012-13 was defenitely the best year for MANIT when it comes to placements.
More than 100 companies had already visited NITK Suratkal till December 2012. Although, there were no foreign placements here, 10 students made it to Microsoft at 16 lpa from this institute. However, the situation of core branches like Chemical and Metallurgy were not too good even here.
The question what would come to anyone's mind is why are the core branches suffering. Although students from Civil and Chemical Engineering get placed easily at top Tech schools in India, we often find that they need to take up financial or software profiles. Most engineers aspire for a core job early on in their career and finding that is getting extremely difficult it seems. Maybe, we need to upgrade the curriculum and teaching style for the core branches and make them equally appealing for the international recruiters, and thereby ultimately improving the infrastructure of our own country in the long run. Lets face it. There are students from the IITs and NITs at each and every organisation you can possibly look into. From IAS officers to IIM faculty members to NTPC, they are everywhere. How they learn in their undergrad determines to a great extent, how they perform for their country later on.
Two private colleges , BITS Pilani and IIIT-H too had a great placement season. Infact, a student from BITS Pilani, Pilani campus got placed in the three software giants Microsoft, Google and Facebook. IIIT-H might be the youngest amongst all the premier T-schools, but that does not mean it is lagging behind anyone. According to our sources, the average package at IIIT-H for CSE touched 15 lakhs per annum with two of them getting recruited by Facebook.
Despite the fact that the NITs and other government colleges are performing well and are always trying to match up to the IITs, the infrastructure and industry exposure at these colleges are inferior to the IITs. The number of startups at IIT Kharagpur, is second only to IIM Ahmedabad. This is in contrast to the NITs where the startup culture is yet to catch up. NIT Warangal has recently established a Center for Innovation and Incubation keeping that in mind and NITK Suratkal too has a Science and Entrepreneurs Park. However, we are still awaiting the results.
Although many would be happy to know that students are getting placed abroad immediately after their graduation, it rings a bell in the minds of those thinking about the future of India. With all the talented individuals leaving India after their graduation, who is going to take the responsibility of Nation building? The government spends lakhs of rupees on each student studying in a government college. This money is the money of a tax-payer from a small town in Jharkhand, or a clerk working in a rural bank anywhere in India. The fact that some students just abandon their nation after reaping all the benefits is something we all need to be worried about. All Indians expect the students studying atleast in the IITs and NITs to play an active role in creating a better India. Many students at IITs are becoming entrepreneurs at an early age and that is inspiring to say the least, however, it would be great to see that habit catching on with the other insitute students.
A new group called "Nation First" was created at IISc Bangalore with the motto to stop brain drain. IISc ranked 35th in the Global Employability List with no other indian university being a part of that. The fact that even after being the most desirable and the creme-de-la-creme, these students are looking to work in India, is surely great news.
Let us have the winds of change.