Take a look at the “Top Engineering Colleges” rankings, in any newspaper or on any website, the first half of the lot is always occupied by the IITs, 2-3 by some other colleges, and then again, you’ll see an IIT there.
On a general note, you do hear comparison between different engineering colleges, but comparing any, with the members of the elite league of IITs is totally unheard of.
In 2008, Government of India added nine new institutes in this league:
- IIT Bhuvaneshwar
- IIT Gandinagar
- IIT Hyderabad
- IIT Indore
- IIT Rajasthan
- IIT Mandi (HP)
- IIT Patna
- IIT Ropar
Upon introduction of these institutes as IITs, no doubt, the dreams of a majority of twelfthies to be an IITian could now be achieved, but the question that this phenomenon generated was quite worrying:
Are these institutes really that good?
On the other hand, you must have seen one more institute in the list of the “Top 10”, i.e. BITS Pilani.
No matter, which organization takes the survey; this institute’s gotta be there, even beating some of the older IITs, implying, obviously, it has some metal.
So, the worrying question becomes even more worrying, adding to it,
Is the tag of being an ‘IITian’ by getting into the new ones and ignoring all the other institutions, really worth it?
Well, if you are struggling with the same question, 100marks is there to usher you out. We’ll ease your decision by comparing the new IITs with BITS, Pilani, and no, we are not biased towards any.
Although IIT Bombay, Delhi etc are the best ones, no one’s arguing about it, but it was not late after the introduction of the new ones that the Government of India realized, it wasn’t such a great idea. In fact, the Fmr. Dy. Director of IIT Indore (a new IIT) once admitted in an interview that “There definitely was no need to open all IITs simultaneously because there is always resource crunch to efficiently fund eight IITs in addition to seven older ones”.
They say, it’s best known when experienced firsthand, so, who else can be the better judge but the Dy. Director. He even added that “It is difficult to find the right faculty so quickly”.
On the other hand, if we talk about BITS, Pilani, it’s the best private institution in the country. Although, not a government college, it pips a majority of them in terms of all round performance. The college exposes you to world class education, along with an all round development, and a damn fat paying job.
Since our stand must be very clear by now, here is the biggest advantage that BITS holds against the new IITs:
Any logical mind would argue how can the students excel if the teachers are not, leave up to the mark, but available!
The new IITs have an acute shortage of faculty.
“Faculty selection at the new IITs is a serious issue. I was highly disappointed in the work the faculty carried out. The most available item was student. There was nothing else – place, director, faculty etc,” an official at IIT-Indore alleged.
While BITS Pilani already has an international infrastructure, excellent faculty and best placements, the new IITs are struggling on one or the other aspect. The new institutes are on a bumpy ride to achieving the levels of ‘IIT’ excellence which is evident from the latest HRD ministry data.
So, until and unless the new IITs stabilize and prove themselves, opting for them even if you can go for BITS is HIGHLY PROHIBITED.1033 Views