India's top 10 technical institutes

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India's top 10 technical institutes

Indian technical institutes are globally respected for the quality of their education. Recently, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lauded the country's technical education system terming it enviable.

But, ever wondered which are the very best among these best institutes. A recent study published in the Current Science ranks the top 10 technical institutes of the country. The ranking has been done by scholars Gangan Prathap and B M Gupta of the National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources and National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi.

The ranking has been done on basis of publications and citations and research record available between 1999 and 2008 in the Scopus International multi-disciplinary, bibliographical database.

Here's over to India's top 10 technical institutes.

Source : indiatimes


No. 1 IISc Bangalore

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was conceived as a 'Research Institute' or 'University of Research' by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, in the twilight years of the 19th century. A long period of almost thirteen years was to elapse from the initial conception in 1896 to the birth of the Institute on May 27, 1909.

The institute began with only two departments: General and Applied Chemistry and Electro-Technology. Over the past one hundred years, the evolution of the Institute has mirrored the development of science and technology in India. The Institute's departments in fields ranging from Biochemistry to Aerospace Engineering have served to nucleate research and development in both the public and private sectors.

Many of India's most distinguished scientists have been associated with the Institute as students or faculty. Notable among them are G N Ramachandran, Harish Chandra, S Ramaseshan, Brahm Prakash, A Ramachandran, C N R Rao and R Narasimha.


No. 2 IIT Kanpur

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur began functioning in the borrowed building of Harcourt Butler Technological Institute in 1959 with 100 students and a small faculty. The institute's campus is located on the Grand Trunk Road, 15 km west of Kanpur city and measures close to 420 hectares. This land was gifted by the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1960 and by March 1963 the institute had moved to its current location.

The institute today has its own sprawling residential campus, which provides residential accommodation to about 350 faculty members, about 700 support staff members, and about 4000 students.


No. 3 IIT Bombay

IIT Bombay, set up by an Act of Parliament, was established in 1958, at Powai, a northern suburb of Mumbai. The institute was set up with the cooperation of UNESCO, and funding from the erstwhile Soviet Union. By an act of the Indian Parliament in 1961, the institute was declared an institution of national importance and was accorded the status of a university with power to award its own degrees and diplomas.

The institute on an average admits 500 candidates for the undergraduate programme through Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), 100 candidates for M Sc programmes, 550 candidates for different postgraduate programmes and 110 for Ph D programmes every year.


No 4. IIT Kharagpur

The first Indian Institute of Technology was established in May 1950 in Hijli, Kharagpur. Initially the IIT started functioning from 5, Esplanade East, Calcutta and very soon shifted to Hijli in September 1950. The present name 'Indian Institute of Technology' was adopted before the formal inauguration of the institute on August 18, 1951, by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

From its modest start in 1950, IIT Kharagpur today has about 18 academic departments and five centres of excellence. The vast tree-laden campus, spreading over 2100 acres has a self contained township of over 15,000 inhabitants. Currently, the institute has about 450-strong faculty, 2200 employees and 2700 students on the campus.


No. 5 IIT Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi was established as College of Engineering in 1961. The institute was later declared an Institution of National Importance under the "Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963" and was renamed "Indian Institute of Technology Delhi". It was then accorded the status of a deemed university with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees.

HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, laid the foundation stone of the institute in January 1959. The institute was inaugurated by Prof Humayun Kabir, the then Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs in August 1961. The institute's buildings were formally opened by Dr Zakir Hussain, the then President of India, on March 2, 1968.


No. 6 Jadavpur University

The Government of West Bengal, with the concurrence of the Govt of India, enacted a legislation to establish the Jadavpur University in December 1955.

The academic departments in JU are organised under three faculties, viz, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Engineering and Technology and Faculty of Science. Each faculty is headed by a Dean.

The university specialises in Electronics and Telecommunication, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Oceanography and other streams. It is also claimed to be one of the only few institutions in eastern India to offer courses and undertakes research in Architecture and Planning.

The university has a number of departments recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as Centres for Advanced Study in their disciplines, notably English, Comparative Literature and Philosophy.


No. 7 IIT Madras

In 1956, the German Government offered technical assistance for establishing an institute of higher education in engineering in India. The first Indo-German agreement in Bonn, West Germany, for the establishment of the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras was signed in 1959.

IIT Madras offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees across 15 disciplines in Engineering, Sciences, Humanities and Management. About 360 faculty members belonging to various science and engineering departments and centres of the Institute are engaged in teaching, research and industrial consultancy.


No. 8 IIT Roorkee

The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) is located in Roorkee, a township in Uttarakhand. Instituted as Thomson college of Civil Engineering in year 1847 by the British, it was renamed as University of Roorkee in 1949. Prior to independence, it awarded the degrees of the University of Calcutta and the Allahabad University. Then institute was restructured in 1948 as the University of Roorkee, the first engineering university of modern India.

The Institute offers Bachelor's Degree courses in 10 disciplines of Engineering and Architecture and Postgraduate's Degree in 55 disciplines of Engineering, Applied Science, Architecture and planning. The Institute has facility for doctoral work in all Departments and Research Centres.

The Institute admits students to BTech and BArch courses through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted at various centres all over India.


No. 9 Anna University

Anna University was established in September 1978 as a unitary type of University. It offers higher education in Engineering, Technology and allied Sciences.

The University was formed by bringing together and integrating well-known technical institutions in the city of Madras: College of Engineering, Guindy (1794); Madras Institute of Technology, Chrompet (1949); and three Technological Departments of the University of Madras.

Over the years, the university has brought into its fold about 25 self-financing Engineering Colleges, six government colleges and three government-aided engineering colleges located in various parts of Tamil Nadu state.


No. 10 IIT Guwahati

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) is an autonomous engineering and technology-oriented institute of higher education established by the Government of India.

IITG was established in 1994 by an Act of Parliament and its academic programme commenced in 1995. IITG admitted its first batch of students into its Bachelor of Technology programme in 1995.

Institute offer BTech, BDes, MTech, PhD and MSc programmes. The institute is the first IIT to introduce design as one of the disciplines at undergraduate level.