Indian Institutes of Technology- IITs -enjoy national as well as international reputation as the power house of brains and intelligence where only the cream of IIT aspirants enter.What separates the Indian Institutes of Technology from the rest of the colleges? Unparalleled training facilities, excellent faculty and to top it all, the opportunity to have “the best of India” as classmates. Anybody who cracks both the two tiers of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) – JEE MAIN and JEE ADVANCED – along with being in the top 20 percentile of Class XII boards, and gets admission into one of the IITs has perfected his fundamentals and is still willing to work harder.
A study conducted in 2004 found out that 70% of the companies in the Silicon Valley had Indian Engineers as critical resources – and most of them from IITs. If you look around you in the corporate world in India too, you can find many captains of the Indian Industry who have honed their skills at these venerable institutions. Union Minister Jairam Ramesh, ITC Chief Y C Deveshwar, Nandan Nilekani Co Founder and ex CEO of Infosys, N R Narayana Murty, Co Founder and Former Chairman Infosys have all spent the most important part of the academic career in the IITs. The life at the IITs has even inspired a best-seller fiction “Five Point Someone” authored by Chetan Bhagat. Chetan Bhagat is himself an alumnus of IIT Delhi.
Apart from the unparalleled education that one gets at the IIT, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved in co-curricular activities – activities that would challenge all faculties of the individual.
One more point regarding a student’s academic pursuits is that, since the academic environment in IITs is very serious and focused, the question of “what next?” gets addressed early on. Students at IITs decide pretty early on the different career options – whether it is CAT for the MBA route, GRE for the MS route or GATE for the M.Tech route. These are the three most sought after options for further studies. That is if the student is not really keen on the several job offers he is likely to be made ever before completing his course.
The IITs continue to cater to the different aspects of technical education in our country, often keeping pace with the expanding knowledge and the changing socioeconomic requirements. The IITs are governed by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 which has declared them as “institutions of national importance”, and lays down their powers, duties, framework for governance etc.
The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 lists sixteen institutes,
IITs and other related institutions
- Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
- Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.
- Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
- Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal.
- Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.
- Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, Mumbai.
- Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
- Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
- Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.
The newly started IITs from 2008 are:-
- IIT Gandhinagar
- IIT Ropar, Punjab
- IIT Patna
- IIT Hyderabad
- IIT Bhubaneswar
- IIT Rajasthan
- IIT Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
- IIT Indore