When it comes to choosing a stream subject after class XI, Science is often the most popular choice amongst the students. It not only gives you the maximum choices for future exploration but is also a required subject for many competitive exams after class XII.

Engineering is one such branch that gets many takers at the college level. Every year lakhs of students appear for various entrance exams to secure a coveted seat in the top engineering colleges of the country. The most famous and prestigious college for pursuing engineering sciences, which is often at the top of every student’s bucket list, is the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

It is considered to be one of the premier institutes for higher education in the country and securing a seat in any of them is very tough and highly competitive. The institute grants admission to the students in its various undergraduate courses via an All-India Examination known as the IIT JEE. The exam is divided into 2 stages- JEE Main and JEE advanced. Candidates who want to pursue master’s courses at IIT need to appear for the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam.

The concept of IITs was conceived soon after the independence of the country to improve the standard of technical education in the country and soon after, in August 1951, IIT Kharagpur was formally inaugurated. There are currently 23 IITs in India spread across the country. Here is a complete list of IIT colleges in India:

  1. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  3. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  4. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  5. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  6. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  7. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
  8. Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
  9. Indian Institute of Technology, Indore
  10. Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi
  11. Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad
  12. Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar
  13. Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
  14. Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar
  15. Indian Institute of Technology, Patna
  16. Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi
  17. Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur
  18. Indian Institute of Technology, Tirupati
  19. Indian Institute of Technology, Bhilai
  20. Indian Institute of Technology, Goa
  21. Indian Institute of Technology, Jammu
  22. Indian Institute of Technology, Dharwad
  23. Indian Institute of Technology, Palakkad

All these institutes are the source of quality higher education in India and every year produce thousands of well-qualified individuals who excel in diverse fields of science and technology.

Read on to know what makes IIT the most prestigious institute in India:

Academic & Innovative Environment

IIT are most famous for their vibrant academic environment. After acing one of the toughest and most competitive exams in the country, the students which enter these premier institutes are crème de la crème. IITs attract some of the most intellectual and analytical minds from all over the country and give them an environment that nurtures their strengths and helps eliminate their weaknesses.

Institutes like IIT foster a healthy, passionate and competitive spirit amongst their students which give them the ability and confidence to excel in any field of their choice. Be it the field of engineering, mechanics, robotics or even entrepreneurship, often getting the top positions in every one of these fields is an IITian.

Strong Alumni Network

IIT boosts an active and strong alumni network. Graduates from these institutes form a part of a vast and influential pool of individuals who are spread across the globe and command some high-ranking positions at various high-tech companies. IIT alumni have excelled in every field there is- be it academia, banking. finance, national science programs, commerce, politics, administration or diplomacy; one can find an IITian anywhere proficiently leading in his/her field.

IITs have produced some of the most successful professionals including Google and Alphabet CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai, former RBI Governor and economist Mr. Raghuram Rajan, founder of Infosys and industry legend Mr. Narayan Murthy, former Defence Minister of India Mr. Manohar Parrikar, Co-founder of Sun Microsystems Mr. Vinod Khosla, Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal etc.

Wide Range Of Opportunities

IITs provide their students with a plethora of opportunities. It encourages multidisciplinary research in fields of engineering, technology, humanities and social sciences. One can get ample opportunities to pursue research and courses of their choice. The institutes are home to some of the most high-tech incubation facilities, laboratories, research parks, libraries and innovation platforms.

IITs offer its students some state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities and top-grade amenities which in turn help them in achieving higher avenues of success in their respective fields. It also provides various fellowships and internship opportunities abroad. The institute often collaborates with top-ranking universities of the world like Harvard and MIT for student exchange and research programs.

Best Faculty & Staff

For producing the best of the best students, teachers and professors must be equally good and experts in their fields. IITs boost some of the best teaching and research professors in the country. Various alumni of the best colleges in the world including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford and MIT teach at these premier IITs and guide future professionals.

Teachers and professors at IIT are considered to be some of the best in the country because they not only devise innovative methods of classroom teaching but also mentor students in various research programs.

Globally Ranked

IITs are globally recognized institutions for engineering and research studies. According to QS World University Rankings 2021, 3 IITs featured in the top 100 engineering institutes with IIT Bombay grabbing the 49th position, followed by IIT Delhi and IIT Madras at 54th and 94th positions respectively.

IIT Kharagpur (101), IIT Kanpur (107), IIT Roorkee (176) and IIT Guwahati (253) also featured in the top 200 list of best engineering colleges in the world. These world rankings are further proof of the high level, globally competitive and top-quality education that is provided in these eminent institutes of the country. 

Exciting Events & Activities

IITs focus on the overall development of their students. Events and activities form a core part of campus life. Multidisciplinary events ranging from music, dramatics and sports to cultural programs and social work, IIT gives its students a holistic and inclusive environment that helps them build a well-rounded personality. Various workshops and seminars are also organized for students from time to time, promoting a vibrant culture of debate and discussion.

IITs are deemed to be Institutions of National Importance. They are the temples of education that produce some of the finest talents of our country which helps not only in nation-building but also represent India on the global platform. Scores of aspirants every year dream of becoming an IITian because these institutes prepare their students to be global citizens and take on the world.

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