Every century one thing or the other happens that takes the world by surprise and fosters an era of change. It was this sort of change that made the nomadic group settle down for a more civilised lifestyle and go for things like agriculture.
As history unfolded, this gave way to the industrial revolution and mass production of goods became a worthwhile job. The most recent revolution of this sort has been the digital revolution where the evolution and immense popularity of computers has completely transformed the way things work.
Come to think of it, a life without computers is unfathomable. From defence and healthcare to commerce and entertainment, there is no sector that has remained unaffected by the intrusion of computers.
This has resulted in an all-time high demand for professionals in the field of computer science. To make matters even better, Indian IT professionals are on high demand in the West as well.
To deal with this high demand, a number of colleges are offering postgraduate degrees in computer applications making it difficult for a student to make a pick. To help students with the same, here is a list of the top 10 colleges in the country that offer a degree in Master of Computer Applications.
1. Department Of Computer Science, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
The primary aim of this department is to bridge the digital divide and provide opportunities for research, consultancy and development to its students. This institute aims at providing equal opportunities for learning to all and the reservation policy here is also suggestive of the same fact.
Moreover, the department also gives scholarships to deserving candidates. The department was set-up way back in 1980, when the digital revolution had not yet blossomed in the country.
The fee structure here is pretty reasonable with the figures coming somewhere close to Rs 50,000.
2. School Of Computer And Systems Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
One of the cheapest ways to get an MCA degree is to go to the School of Computer and Systems Sciences at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The fee structure for the entire three-year course stands at a mere Rs 1,500.
This institute has some of the best infrastructure and teaches some of the finest coding techniques.
3. School Of Computer And Information Sciences, University Of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
This institute stands apart from all others in terms of the number and range of electives that it offers to its students. The department is pretty dynamic and the faculty is constantly striving to offer the latest in terms of technology to its students.
Compared to the facilities offered the fee structure here is pretty much justified (it is somewhere close to Rs 3 lakh for the course).
4. National Institute Of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
As with the other two NITs in the list, admission to NIT, Tiruchirapalli, is also based on NIMCET scores. The tuition fee per year in all these three institutes is somewhere around Rs 40,000.
What sets this particular institute above the rest is the fact that it has the most distinguished line of faculty with a vast majority of them having doctoral degrees from coveted institutions across the globe, who engage in postdoctoral research themselves.
5. Birla Institute Of Technology, Mesra
A little on the expensive side in terms of fees - somewhere close to Rs 5 lakh - the cut-off for admission to this college is pretty strict and students who are strong in mathematics and other analytical skills are given preference over the others.
This was one of the first private institutions in the country to offer a master's degree in computer applications.
6. National Institute Of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal
One of the biggest strengths of the department of computer science and applications in the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, is the fact that it has a huge line of distinguished alumni.
The reason for the same is the highly commendable placement scene at the college. Every year a number of top-notch companies visit the college to recruit students.
7. National Institute Of Technology, Rourkela
This is one National Institute of Technology that does not focus in rote learning at all and students of this college are trained to be able to apply what they learn inside the classroom to the world beyond.
This is achieved by organising a number of coding events and fests. On the whole, an ambience for productive learning is set and this results in the students having a firm understanding of the practical aspects of their subjects.
8. Motilal Nehru National Institute Of Technology, Ahmedabad
The MCA course in this institute is one of the most promising ones offered by any institution in the country. NIMCET is the MCA Common Entrance Test for admission to this coveted course and it is among the toughest in the country in this field.
The college has maintained a 100% placement record for years together. The average salary for the graduate students here is Rs 4.41 lakhs while the highest goes up all the way to Rs 14.50 lakhs. As compared to this, the fee structure of Rs 2 lakhs is pretty modest.
9. Christ University, Bangalore
One of the best private institutes to offer an MCA course, this university ensures that it has the best in terms of infrastructure. The fee structure for the entire course is somewhere close to Rs 4 lakhs.
Since this college is centrally located in the city that is the information technology hub of the country, students of this institution are exposed to better internships and job opportunities as compared to their counterparts in other cities.
10. P. S. G. College Of Technology, Coimbatore
One of the major takeaways of this course is its fee structure. Since this is a government college, the fee structure is very low, about Rs 1,67,580 for the entire three-year program.
The curriculum of the MCA course here is designed after taking into consideration all the latest technologies and their applications. Thus, people who graduate from this place always seem to be very well-versed with the latest in technology.