With a major chunk of India's youth population opting for a career in engineering, it is obvious that quite a lot of engineering colleges will pop up to meet this growing demand. Not all of these colleges are good though.
While it is with immense pride we say that we have some of the best institutes in terms of faculty, infrastructure and student quality, it is important to note that only a very small chunk of the engineering colleges in the country is at par with the global standards.
The reason for the same may be attributed to the fact that in a county like ours, almost all the capable engineering students get jobs as they graduate from college. Only those students who are absolutely unemployable or the ones who have an actual knack and interest in higher studies go for a master's degree in this field.
Thus, the institutes that offer a master's degree in engineering also target one of the aforementioned categories of students. Thus, if you are someone who is genuinely interested in research, ending up in a wrong institute can become the worst decision of your life.
On the other hand, if you plan to go for a graduate degree in engineering, choosing the wrong college may hinder your career growth in ways you cannot even imagine. To prevent such a thing from happening, here is a list of top 25 engineering colleges in the country for ME/MTech.
1. Indian Institute Of Technology, Madras
Recognised as an institute of excellence by the government of India, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, was established way back in 1959. Today it has almost 9000 students.
A major attraction of this college is the fact that a major portion of the campus area of the college is a protected forest that preserves the natural beauty of the place and students of this institute are taught to live in harmony with nature.
Fee structure - 51,950 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Madras
2. Indian Institute Of Technology, Bombay
Founded in 1956, this is the second Indian Institute of Technology. It is ranked 179th in the world rankings and is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of engineering research and education.
The institute has collaborations with a number of peer institutes both in the country and beyond and is well-reputed for the innovative short-term courses that it offers.
Fee structure - 67,876 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Bombay
3. Indian Institute Of Technology, Kharagpur
This institute makes its way to the top 100 in international rankings in 15 different disciplines. Being the first Indian Institute of Technology to be set-up, this institute was established way back in 1951 with the aim of training engineers and scientists to lead the country to an era of scientific growth and development.
Since then it has stayed true to its motto and over the years it has established itself as a centre of scientific excellence.
Fee structure - 57,800 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Kharagpur
4. Indian Institute Of Technology, Delhi
This institute appears in the top 100 colleges for civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering in the global rankings.
Other than this, it has 11 inter disciplinary centres wherein the areas of engineering and science overlap to create intellectual marvels that would not have otherwise been feasible. The institute has a plush 325 acre campus in the posh Hauz Khas area of New Delhi.
Fee structure - 1,00,000 INR per annum
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Delhi
5. Indian Institute Of Technology, Kanpur
This institute has very good scope of research and this has ensured that the number of papers produced per faculty is among the highest in the country. The PhD indicators are also great.
The 6,500 students who live in the 1055-acre campus outside the city of Kanpur are encouraged to think beyond the ordinary and that is the reason why most of them end up going for research and development activities in their respective fields of study.
Fee structure - 27,192 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Kanpur
6. Indian Institute Of Technology, Roorkee
This was previously known as the University of Roorkee and in 2001 it was accorded the status of an IIT. This institute has been a pioneer in many aspects.
In 1955, it became the first university to offer postgraduate programs in engineering and technology. Since then the college has always ensured that it remains in the top 10 in the country by inculcating an entrepreneurial culture amongst its students for generations together.
Fee structure - 62,880 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Roorkee
7. Indian Institute Of Technology, Guwahati
With its 700-acre plush campus, it is the only centre of excellence that is located in the distant northeastern part of the country.
The institute has more than 10 research centres to its credit and as of now it has educated more than 4000 students.
Fee structure - 54,870 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Guwahati
8. Anna University, Chennai
This is a public state university that has a number of engineering colleges affiliated to it. In fact, this university has more than 400 self-financing courses to its credit.
The placement scene in each of these colleges is commendable and students who graduate from this place are seen to fare very well in life.
Fee structure - 96,500 INR per annum
Visit Us At: Anna University, Chennai
9. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Located in the plush locality of South Kolkata, this college believes that money should not come in the way of quality education. That is why the fee structure of this institute is so nominal in nature.
With decades of legacy to its credit, the college ensures that only the best of students make their way through the gates of this coveted institution and those who make their way out of it are global citizens ready to take on all the challenges in their professional engineering lives.
Fee structure - 30,000 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Jadavpur University, Kolkata
10. Indian Institute Of Technology, Hyderabad
The best amongst the eight young IITs, this public engineering and research institute of Telangana has the best in terms of technology.
The laboratory equipment and basic infrastructure of this institute are amongst the most modern in the country. The ambience of the college is such that it fosters inquisitive thinking amongst its students.
Fee structure - 53,250 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Hyderabad
11. National Institute Of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
This institute has 16 departments that cater to the various areas of engineering and applied sciences. Last year the institute celebrated its golden jubilee. The institute has a line of illustrious alumni to its credit and some of them are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
Pragyan, the technical fest of the college, is very well-reputed and attracts participants from all over the country and beyond.
Fee structure - 44,600 INR per semester
Visit Us At: National Institute Of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
12. National Institute Of Technology, Rourkela
One of the prime attractions of this institute is its library that houses 65,000 books and has over 2000 online research journals on science and technology to its credit. This library is so popular amongst students and faculty that it records an average of 1.2 lakh transactions every year.
Other than the library, the institute has commendable infrastructure and the ambience of the place is such that it fosters an environment of holistic learning in the campus premises.
Fee structure - 58,000 INR per semester
Visit Us At: National Institute Of Technology, Rourkela
13. Vellore Institute Of Technology, Vellore
Established in 1984, this is the top private institution in the country. Since its inception the college has always ensured that it imparts futuristic technical education and instills high patterns of discipline amongst its students and faculty.
The institute has students hailing from different states and nationalities and proudly boasts of a cosmopolitan culture. With 19 undergraduate and 24 postgraduate programs, the institute ensures that all of 24,000 students succeed at doing what they are best at.
Fee structure - 1,48,000 INR per annum
Visit Us At: Vellore Institute Of Technology, Vellore
14. Institute Of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
The primary focus of this institute is to train its students in the different branches of chemical technology, chemical engineering and pharmacy. Established in 1933 this institute is the only one that is dedicated purely to chemical sciences and has been accorded the status of a deemed university.
In fact, such is the reputation of this institution that the government of India has ensured that it is the only state-funded deemed university in the country. The placement scene in this institute is also commendable.
Fee structure- 1,41,000 INR per annum
Visit Us At: Institute Of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
15. Indian Institute Of Technology, Indore
Established in 2009, this college moved to its permanent campus in 2016. This institute is pretty famous for the scholarships that it gives to deserving students. It has three schools of study - School of Basic Sciences, School of Engineering and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
With over seventy faculty members in total, the institute ensures that the student to teacher ratio is maintained and quality education is imparted to all the students of this institute.
Fee structure - 38,900 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Indore
16. Birla Institute Of Technology And Science, Pilani
The main focus of this institute is in the undergraduate area of study. Established in 1964, the institute has made a gradual and smooth transition from being a mere regional engineering college to being a national university.
The admission to this coveted private institute is held by means of an entrance test which is by far one of the toughest entrance tests at the undergraduate level. The fee structure of this institute is also a little on the higher side but the exceptional placements make up for the same.
Fee structure - 42,800 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Birla Institute Of Technology And Science, Pilani
17. Indian Institute Of Engineering Science And Technology, Shibpur
This is one institute that was established way before the country gained its independence. Post independence it has only moved from strength with students of this institute having innumerable patents and honours to its credit.
The college offers bachelor's, master's as well as doctoral programs in the fields of engineering, architecture and management. The laboratory equipment and research facilities provided by the college are at par those of global standards.
Fee structure - 40,000 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Engineering Science And Technology, Shibpur
18. Indian Institute Of Technology, Bhubaneswar
One of the newer IITs on the scene, this institute is well-reputed for its placement scene. The placement at the undergraduate level is as good as 82% with 104 of the 126 students being placed in well-reputed companies.
At the master's level, the placement is close to 82%. Prior to sitting for the actual placements with the top-notch companies, the students are made to appear for a number of mock interviews. This type of extensive placement preparation ensures that the students are well placed in the best of companies.
Fee structure - 48,400 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Bhubaneswar
19. Indian Institute Of Technology, Patna
Established in 2008, Indian Institute of Technology Patna is well-reputed for having the highest average package amongst all the new IITs. Its average package stands as high as Rs 10.69 lakhs per annum with the department of computer science and engineering achieving a record placement of 100% year after year.
For departments like civil engineering and mechanical engineering, a number of core companies visit the campus and deserving candidates with GPA greater than 7 get absorbed in the same.
Fee structure - 52,400 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Patna
20. Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
Established in 1985, over the years this minority-run institution has proven its worth as an institution of excellence. The institute has a modest fee structure of a mere Rs 11,000 per year.
The college focuses on imparting values along with development of scientific temperament that will go a long way in making the students apply what they learn within the classroom to the world beyond.
Fee structure - 56,490 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
21. Indian Institute Of Technology, Ropar
Another new IIT to make it to the list of top 25 colleges of the country, the strength of this college lies in its highly qualified faculty who strive to make technical education interesting for the students.
A wide majority of the teachers of this institute are pursuing postdoctoral research themselves and through their dedicated efforts in the field of engineering and technology, they are setting an example for the students to follow.
Fee structure - 58,650 INR per semester
Visit Us At: Indian Institute Of Technology, Ropar
22. National Institute Of Technology, Surathkal
This institution encourages the participation of foreign nationals in its undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The admission procedure for those students is through SAT (for Indian nationals it is through JEE mains).
This institute was one of the first in the country to offer postgraduate engineering degree in the field of information technology. The institute offers 27 engineering courses at different levels and is well-reputed to give scholarships to students who deserve but cannot afford the programs.
Fee structure - 49,340 INR per semester
Visit Us At: National Institute Of Technology, Surathkal
23. Indian Institute Of Technology, Dhanbad
This was previously known as the Indian School of Mines. Established way back in 1926, this institute has kept up with the latest in mining. The professionals of exceptional calibre are the main reasons for India to be the market leaders in terms of technology and equipment used in mining.
Fee structure - 43,000 INR per semester
24. College Of Engineering, Pune
One of the most ahead-of-the-times colleges, this institution is located in the confluence of the rivers Mula and Mutha and sets just the right ambience for technical learning. It is the third oldest engineering college of the country and has a wide range of illustrious alumni to its credit.
These alumni are colloquially known as COEPians and are well placed in reputed companies across the globe. The present placement scene here is equally commendable with a number of top-notch companies visiting the campus year after year.
Fee structure - 1,06,850 INR per annum
Visit Us At: College Of Engineering, Pune
25. Shanmuga Arts, Science, Technology And Research Academy, Thanjavur
This college is well-reputed across Tamil Nadu for the fests that it conducts. Kurukshetra is one of the largest technical fests of the country with over 1200 people participating in the same.
The 13,000 students of this deemed university not only excel in having fun but are equally active in providing innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the society. That is the reason for the huge number of patents that the faculty and students of this institution have to their name.
Fee Structure - 70,000 INR per semester