We’ve got camps arguing that where you go to college makes all the difference, and then we’ve got the opposition who insist that this choice is not some “sweeping judgment” of your ability. I remember this line from a New York Times blog post: Shiny diplomas from shiny schools help. They do, don’t they? However much I’d like to be idealistic, reality says something else. Even then I can’t help but wonder if a college degree is only as good as its prestigious reputation.
College can be stressful enough. Deciding which one to go to is worse. The faculty that educates the novice programmers, the peer group that bolstered them to learn and build new things, or the infrastructure that provided them with the facilities to program their ideas to reality—everything matters. This debate has been going on for ages. Sigh!
on top computer courses to become an ace developer, but it can make life so much easier. To that end, we’ve put together a list of the best schools for computer science/information technology courses, in no particular order, in India.
- IIT Bombay
- IIIT Hyderabad
- IIT Kanpur
- IISc bangalore
It came as no surprise in 2016 (yet again) when 67 of the top 100 ranks in the Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced opted for IIT-B. Happily for India, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) is ranked 13 on the Quacquarelli Symonds University Rankings BRICS 2016. IIT Bombay has a very strong computer science program. IIT-B is ranked among the top 100 institutions for computer science on the QS World University Rankings by Subject list! These IIT-ians are a regular feature at ACM ICPCs and a lot of students go to the Google Summer of Code program, working on very interesting projects. Also, IIT-B is one of the largest exponents of the startup tech workforce in India. You will find a lot of young engineers working on innovative programming at some of the country’s (if not the world’s) most impressive startups. Research shows that in 2015, for each of the 990 seats allocated for CSE across 18 IITs, there were 209 contenders! The IIT-B 2015 placements saw the average salary go up by 10 to 15 percent. About six students even bagged 1-crore offers from Oracle, Microsoft, and Visa!
This autonomous university, perhaps, has the most experienced CSE faculty in the country. It has a strong coding culture with students consistently qualifying for the ACM-ICPC World Contest finals; the curricula also focus on research. Google selected the most number of students for its GSoC program from this “mecca” of computer science—accepting 69 students in 2014 and 62 in 2015. A unique aspect of this college is its low intake of students, hence ensuring more focused training.
Read this answer on Quora which talks about International Institute of Information Technology –Hyderabad (IIIT-H). “IIIT-H has unique and consequential courses of study, blending Computer Science at one of the best CS schools in India with; well, any and everything you like. A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Semantic Web (Web 3.0), Human–computer Interaction or be it Sanskrit, Ontology or Indian Culture and Tradition! You get to study in a small group of 10-15 people with some of the top-brass in of IIIT-H. Some of the courses take you right to the open fields where cutting-edge research is ongoing, both in IIIT and outside. It may not carry the coveted IIT tag or and an Ivy league batch, but at the end of 5 years, you’ll walk out as a specialist in your field of interest and at least have something on your resume neither an IITian nor an MITian can boast of “Exact Humanities!”
With top faculty and consistent placements, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) has everything that you’d expect from a high-end computer science institute. Perhaps the most important part of studying at IIT is the cross-disciplinary research that happens there. A 2014 Brown University study says that IIT-Kanpur is among the top 10 contributors of faculty to undergraduate computer science programs in the US. The placements are amazing. The first three days of the first-phase placement (December 2016) drive brought 315 offer letters! And Microsoft offered an IIT-K student a 1.5 crore deal to work on “software designing, implementation, and fixing the bugs” at its Redmond facility. And here’s a fun fact for you: IIT Kanpur predicted Donald Trump’s win six days before US polls.
This year, Times Higher Education spoke to 2,500 recruitment managers and decided that in the Global University Employability Ranking, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) takes the 38th spot. And, this is what Anurag Kumar, IISc Director, had to say about the findings of the BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017: “India is making great strides. Its flagship university, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), breaks into the top 15 for the first time this year in 14th place, thanks to improved scores for its teaching environment and research influence.” Placements are never a problem when you graduate from this over a century-old institute that has made the nation proud in so many ways. Two students, who will graduate in 2016, from the Department of Computer Science and Automation (CAS) have been offered jobs abroad for USD1,50,000. Now that is some amount! Great skills in software development and algorithm design got them these jobs said a source from the institute. “Students studying these (computer science, electrical and electrical communication engineering) subjects mostly dominate the placements with companies hankering for them. Their domestic salaries range anywhere from Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh a year,” added the source.