During the JEE counselling sessions, students with a rank beyond 3000 are confused whether they should go for the new IITs or opt for a less famous course in the old IITs. So, the choice is between a course like Computer Science Engineering at IIT Patna or Ocean and Naval Architecture in IIT Madras. Ocean and Naval Architecture might not be interesting for a student, but they still choose it because it is a degree at a renowned and old IIT.
The old IITs include Madras, Bombay, Kharagpur, Delhi, Kanpur, Roorkee and Guwahati. Primarily, these institues are chosen because they are mostly the ones situated in major cities. Some new IITs like Mandi and Ropar aren’t situated in metropolises and this generally scares the candidates when they tend to think of the prospects of placements and accessibility. Another big reason for the preference of the old IITs is their better reputation in comparison to the newer IITs. Old IITs have Memorandum of Understandings with many universities abroad and tend to be better known in the foreign soil. So, candidates who are looking to pursue research tend to choose the old IITs based on this notion. Finally, many of the new IITs are situated in temporary establishments/campuses. The lack of a permanent campus tends to scare away many students. This article; however, is an attempt to tell our dear readers about the multitude of benefits of joining one of the new IITs.
Advantages of Joining the New IITs
Newer IITs include Hyderabad, Gandhinagar, Patna, Indore, Jodhpur, Ropar and Mandi. ISM Dhanbad and IIT Varanasi lie somewhere between the old IITs and new IITs spectrum, so it is generally a question of choice when it comes to them.
- One can see that many of the new IITs aren’t situated far away from the cities. Establishments like IIT Hyderabad and IIT Gandhinagar have already been garnering high reputation and they are among the fastest growing educational institutes in the country. The fact that they are also located in the middle of a metropolitan city, tends to attract more and more companies for the purpose of training and placements. Hence, there has been a positive outlook towards some of these newer IITs as they are looking to grow more and provide more opportunities to the students.
- Some of the concerns of a permanent campus not being present are slowly getting resolved as the permanent campuses that were being built are nearing completion. Suffice to say, some of these permanent campuses are actually bigger than many of the older IITs. Let’s take the example of IIT Mand. Situated in the heart of the Himalayas, it has one of the most beautiful campuses as it makes studying all the more fun for students. One might think that studying at such an inaccessible place means lack of opportunities. But the students there get jobs and interns through online sources, in addition to the companies actually visiting those colleges.
- Another aspect of the newer IITs would be a less vigorous competitiveness as compared to the older IITs. New IITs admit very few students compared to the older IITs. The number of admissions in IIT Patna was 120 in the year 2013 while the old IIT Roorkee had a staggering number of 1080 admissions the same year. This greatly helps reduce the peer pressure on students and lets them enjoy the journey of studying.
- The aspect of maintaining a good CGPA (grade points) is easier at a new IIT as compared to an older IIT. Students in new IITs can shift to their favorite branch or a different branch in case they are not comfortable with the branch they had chosen initially. This “shifting” process usually happens after either the 1st Semester or the 1st Year when the courses become common for all the students and no negative effects will occur academically. Also, while applying for programs like DAAD or MITACS, which only choose the students based on their CGPA first, this easy shifting proves to be useful. Its because lesser competition helps get better grades, thanks to the reduced peer pressure in the new IITs.
- Finally, one more positive aspect that is often overlooked in the new IITs is the more flexible rules of the administration and the state-of-the-art infrastructure. These IITs employ a very flexible mindset in their administration and hence are open to new rules that benefit the students. With an aim to constantly keep evolving, they can adapt to changes quickly.
Whether old or new, IITs have always had an edge over the other institutes of the country. However, it is important that the students choose what is best for them and not listen to others’ opinions. It is also imperative to take advice from your seniors and mentors (teachers and parents alike) as they know a lot of things better than anyone else. After all, this decision is a major step in your life and it should be taken wisely.
To help you make a well-thought-out decision with regards to the new IITs, here’s the ranking of the new IITs.
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