• 9 June 2008
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  • By Team DQ

India's Top T-Schools

Highlights

  • IIT Kharagpur retains its #1 position, with the next 5 places also taken by IITs
  • NSIT Delhi re-entered the Top 10 club, jumping 13 ranks
  • NIT Calicut jumps up six rungs to #9 and Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT jumps up ten rungs to #12
  • Average maximum salary goes up by nearly 25% to reach Rs 7.4 lakh
  • Worrying signs on the research and pure academic fronts? While average number of research papers during the year reduced marginally (57 to >55), the number of students pursuing PhD fell from 132 to 101 leading to lesser no of doctorates awarded8, down from 37
  • Is the global slowdown impacting IT/BPO recruitments? May be. While average number of IT/BPO companies visiting campuses came down from 39 to 30, average number of students placed in these companies increased from 216 to 260

The Dataquest-IDC T-School Survey is one of the most sought after exercises of its kind, both from the perspective of the industry fraternity, as well as, the academia. Even as the survey entered its fifth year this time, it continued to throw up surprises. The entry of colleges like Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology in Delhi, or the significant jump made by Gujarats Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information Technology would count among these.

On the other hand, some things continued to remain the samethe IITs are still on top. Not much surprise there, considering that many of the IITs are now counted amongst the best engineering colleges globally. Even icons like Narayana Murthy consider IITs not just amongst the best in the world, but just out of the world. The controversies over reservations notwithstanding, the survey reiterates that the academic excellence of these institutes have not been compromised.

This year the survey attempted to rectify the anomaly that had been creating a lot of confusion in the previous years. Since, field-work takes place during the months of April and May, most colleges are yet to finish their academic years and hence are unable to share information regarding placements.

What happened during last years survey (DQ-IDC T-Schools Survey 2007) was that placement information since 2006-07 was hardly available for most colleges, so the analysis was done over the 2005-06 data. Consequently, this years surveyDQ-IDC T-Schools Survey 2008has been analyzed on the basis of the complete placement data from the year 2006-07. Readers should keep this in mind while going through the tables or individual profiles of the Top 10 colleges, especially in assessing the placement parameter.

The number of colleges finally participating in the survey has come down to 70 from 117 last year, as a result of more stringent norms that were applied this year while choosing the colleges. However, as is unavoidable in a survey of this magnitude, a few top-notch institutes too stayed away. Amongst the IITswhile IIT Mumbai was conspicuous by its absenceheavyweights like BITS Pilani, Jadavpur University, and NIT Tiruchirapalli from last years Top 20 also gave the survey a miss this year.

While IIT Kharagpur has maintained the top slot, there has been a shuffle in all the ranks below. The IITs yet again take away the top slots. NSIT Delhi moved up 13 ranks, to make it the biggest gainer among the top 15

IITs Rule
IITs continued to rule the roost. IIT Kharagpur retained its top spot, thanks to its better score on the placement front compared to its peers. The other IITs however have seen some shifting in the overall pecking order. While both IIT Delhi and IIT Roorke climbed up the ranks (both though scored highly on HR perception) mainly due to high scores on academic environment and infrastructure, respectively, IIT Chennai slipped a few rungs mainly because of comparatively lower scores on both academic environment and industry interface parameters.

Four NITs make it to this list, compared to six in 2005-06

With the exception of IIT Kharagpur and IIT Chennai, the IITs have fared better than their previous-year scores

While the presence of the IITs is no real surprise, and even institutes like IIIT Hyderabad and NIT Calicut have been in the Top 10 club for years, the jump of NSIIT Delhi to #10 from #23 last year. International placements, thanks to the colleges academic collaboration with MIT, could be one big catalyst for its sudden rise. While Schlumberger, which offered Rs 45 lakh to one NSIIT student, made it the college with the highest salary this year (even more than the IITs), this had a chain effect in attracting other global oil majors to come recruiting with open purse strings.

While, 75% of the weightage is given to the response from institutes, 25% is reserved for the perception of the recruiters. Incidentally, most of these recruiters are from the IT sector. Therefore, scores on institute response have a stronger bearing on the overall scores in the study. Take for example IIIT Hyderabad which scored heavily on account of primarily the IT companies visiting its campuses. This is one of the important factors that helped IIIT Hyderabad cement its place in the Top 10 for the last few years.

Western India has no institute from the national Top 10. On the other extreme, North zone has all its five institutes falling in the national Top 10

The IITs have maintained their hold on all the key parameters that matter. With the exception of industry interface and HR perception, they have taken the top slot on all the other parameters

However, academic excellence alone would not be able to help the students of a college fare well on the placement front, unless it develops a strong industry interface. Factors like the number of MoUs signed by a college, with various companies; number of internship assignments the organizations had with the college; and its affiliations with various international institutes and educational bodies swayed the scores in their favor.

Infrastructure is the foundation of a tech schools strength. No wonder then, that there is high correlation between a schools total score and its infrastructural score. We rated a school on students access to computers; classroom and residential facilities; availability of digital in-campus library and Internet access to computer labs. Other than VIT University Vellore, and Institute of Technology Varanasi, the surprise entrants into The Infrastructural Top 15 are SSN College of Engineering Chennai, and Thapar University Patiala.

While infrastructure scores have pushed Thapar to #13 in the overall pecking order, SSNs position at #28 indicates that while infrastructure might be a necessary criterion in rating a school, it still isnt the most important. And the theory of diminishing returns applies here too. Till a certain level of investment, infrastructure has a proportionate influence on the quality of the school (read IITs, IIITs, and NITs apart from the BITs). Once the threshold is crossed, additional investments yield, at best only incremental benefits. Of course, it takes time for infrastructure to translate itself into the quality of finished products (read students) and the perception around it.

Finally, perception creates brands. This is what makes IITs the biggest brands when it comes to HR perception. However, the fact that Manipal Institute of Technology scored at par with the IITs on HR perception shows the strength of a strong marketing campaign to develop brand equity, even for an engineering college. Another important aspect of perception is how an institute handles recruiters expectations. Inability to appropriately handle recruiter expectations could lead to a dip in perception levels.

Winning Streak

IIT Kharagpur maintains its #1 position with a score of 84.01. While this is good news for the institute, the concern here is that it has toppled on its own scores in the previous year on infrastructure, academic environment, industry interface and HR parameters. So, while it has fared better than the rest, it failed to better itself.

Most other IITs have been seeing a decline in the number of IT/BPO companies visiting their campuses, but IIT Kharagpur saw a marginal increase here: as compared to 75 IT/BPO companies visiting in 2005-06, there were 80 in 2006-07. However, there were fewer students placed in these companies through campus placement: compared to 188 students placed in IT/BPO companies in 2005-06, there were 169 in 2006-07. This could be an indication of the growing preference among students to go for non-IT companies.

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IIT Kharagpur

Interestingly, what is surprising is the fact that IIT Kharagpur ranks lowest in the maximum salary offered to an IIT(Schlumberger offered the maximum salary of Rs 23.71 lakh per annum). Even IITs like IIT Roorkee, IIT Guwahati and IIT Chennai, which have been at the lower end of the salary ladder among their IIT peers till two years back, have consistently improved and crossed Rs 30 lakh per annum. But surprisingly, at Rs 14.36 lakh per annum, the average salary offered by IT companies to IIT Kharagpur in 2006-07 far surpasses the other IITs. As compared to this the average salary offered by all companies to the institute in 2006-07 stood at Rs 5.86 lakh per annum.

Top Salaries

When it comes to salaries, IIT Delhi tops the list among all the IITs, by two ranks (The highest salary offer of Rs 40 lakh is an international placement and equivalent of the dollar salary offered). As the maximum salary offered in 2005-06 (Rs 35 lakh which was also an international placement) was itself at a higher level, the jump doesnt seem substantial. As compared to this the other institutes, including the IITs, enjoy a 100% plus jump in maximum salary as the previous maximum salaries were much lower.

At Rs 6 lakh per annum, IIT Delhis average salary in 2006-07 is also the highest among all the IITs. The average salary improved marginally over Rs 5.5 lakh in 2005-06, a growth of 9%.

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IIT Delhi

One area that IIT Delhi needs to improve on is attracting enough IT/BPO companies to the campus. Only 76 IT/BPO companies visited the campus in 2006-07, as compared to 87 in 2005-06. In comparison, there has been an improvement from 205 companies visiting the institutes campus in 2005-06 to 251 in 2006-07.

IIT Delhi has fared well on infrastructure, academic environment, and industry interface. It ranks right on top in academic environment with a score of 16.2. With facilities like online database, e-journals, e-books, e-patent, ADSL, and fiber optic backbone, it ranks a good third in infrastructure. Some future initiatives on the anvil on the infrastructure front are setting up of virtual classrooms, videoconferencing and Wi-Fi. Meanwhile, the institute has also fared well on the parameters of industry interface and HR perception, ranking at #3 on both counts.

Changing Threshold

With the highest salary offer of Rs 34 lakh per annum in 2006-07, IIT Roorkee has seen one of the highest jumps this time, more than making up for last years almost stale performance: a whopping 208%, with Capital One going all out to change the salary threshold and equations for the institute. The average salary offered by all companies, specifically the IT companies, pales in comparison.

The institutes overall recruitment trend shows IT/BPO companies losing sheen. Of the 455 BE/BTech students that got recruited from the campus across all types of companies, only 193 were placed by IT/BPO companies in 2006-07. As compared to this, 248 students were placed by the IT/BPO companies of the total 392 in 2005-06.

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IIT Roorkee

The possibility that IT/BPO companies are not being able to hold ground in the face of increasing salary competitiveness from the non-IT firms might be real. The IT biggies also have not been able to come close to the salaries offered by the consultancy and finance companies. The story remains similar in 2008 as well.

Crawling Up

Consistent performance over the last two years has helped IIT Kanpur steadily move up the ranks. Industry relationship and partnership are key areas for this tech school. IIT Kanpur has maintained its stronghold on the parameter of industry interface, standing at #2.

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IIT Kanpur

Among the recent industry tie-ups, IIT Kanpur signed an MoU with Autodesk to establish a Digital Innovation Lab (DIL) for innovative design and research targeted to help develop innovative design skills among students, and to create a sustained pool of skilled manpower in the country. Earlier, in 2007, TCS and IIT Kanpur also announced a collaboration to promote higher education and research in storage computing and related technologies.The institute has particularly improved its performance on the placement and salary front in 2006-07 over 2005-06.

A cause for concern is the number of IT companies visiting the campus, which has been on a steady decline.

Steady Move Up

In absolute terms, the highest salary offer at Rs 32.27 lakh per annum in 2006-07 stands well among its IIT peers. This is a quantum jump from the highest salary offer of Rs 7.75 lakh per annum in 2004-05. The strong growth of 316% has catapulted the institute into a different league altogether when it comes to salaries. However, the major spurt came in 2005-06, taking the salary levels from the single digit to the double-digit figure with a 215% growth.

Strengthening of the industry interface further helped in bolstering the institutes image as well as standing among the other institutes. Early 2008, when TCS decided to make its first collaboration with an IIT, it chose IIT Guwahati. The company signed MoU with the institute for setting up a TCS learning center on the IIT campus and to collaborate on R&D based on mutual interests. The TCS Learning Center would train about 150 engineering graduates in the first batch. This was also the first investment and long term commitment by a major IT player. Under the Open Source Technology Program, Microsoft also signed an MoU with IIT Guwahati.

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IIT Guwahati

In spite of the strong industry-academia partnerships, the institute didnt see much fillip in the number of IT/BPO companies visiting the campus for recruitment in 2006-07. This is in line with the general trend of lesser number of IT/BPO companies coming for campus placements. As compared to 44 IT/BPO companies visiting the campus in 2005-06, there were 46 in 2006-07, seeing an addition of only two companies.

Big Fall

IIT Chennai is the only IIT that has done worse on its previous years performance, slipping by four ranks. This is also the biggest fall among all the Top 15 tech schools being listed in the survey. Except for placement, the institutes scores in all the individual parameters of infrastructure, academic environment and industry interface has gone down over its scores in 2006-07. The improvement in the overall placement score is marginal at 14.73%.

On the other hand, the institute more or less maintained the perception it enjoys among HR managers from the industry, with the HR score coming down very marginally from 25 to 24.60. However, when it comes to salaries, IIT Chennai catches up with its other IIT peers. In fact, at Rs 39 lakh per annum (an international placement by Bloomberg USA and equivalent of the dollar salary offered) the institute is able to command the second highest salary offer for an IIT after IIT Delhi.

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IIT Chennai

Meanwhile, the average salary for the institute went up from Rs 5.3 lakh per annum in 2005-06 to Rs 5.5 lakh per annum. The average salary offered by IT companies went up from Rs 3 lakh per annum to Rs 4 lakh during the same period.

However, the IT/BPO didnt seem as enthusiastic about hiring considering the number of students placed in IT/BPO companies more than halved. While in 2005-06, 377 students were placed in these companies, only 134 were placed in 2006-07. Furthermore, the number of IT/BPO companies visiting the campus came down from 41 in 2005-06 to 27 in 2006-07. This, while the overall number of companies visiting the campus increased from 143 to 170 during the same period.

Better Hires

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabads move up the ranks can be attributed to the improvement it has made in the areas of placement and infrastructure. The institute has improved its score in placement by 27.5% and bettered its infrastructure score by 28.4%. The score on academic environment went up by 8.3%.

The maximum salary was offered by Credit SuisseRs 10.5 lakh per annum. This bettered last years maximum offer by Google only by Rs 1.2 lakh per annum. Interestingly, Google had been offering the maximum salary to the students of IIIT-H for the previous two yearsRs 8.5 lakh per annum in 2004-05 and Rs 9.3 lakh in 2005-06. However, the company is conspicuous by its absence in 2006-07.

Meanwhile, the average salary from IT companies went up from Rs 4.5 lakh per annum in 2005-06 to Rs 5.4 lakh in 2006-07. The average salary from all companies increased from Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 5.6 lakh during the same period.

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IIIT Hyderabad

The institute also saw a fillip in campus placements. The number of students placed through campus in IT/BPO companies went up from 93 in 2005-06 to 130 in 2006-07. And those placed across all type of companies also underwent a similar growth, as they went up from 93 in 2005-06 to 135 in 2006-07. Also, the number of IT/BPO companies visiting the institutes campus grew from 30 in 2005-06 to 37 in 2006-07. When it comes to all types of companies visiting the campus, the number increased from 30 in 2005-06 to 40 in 2006-07.

Industry interface is an area that IIIT Hyderabad needs to improve in, especially with no MoU signed by the industry. As a result, the institutes score on the industry interface parameter has gone down by 65.1%, even though its scores have improved on all other parameters including HR.

New Horizons

Institute of Technology, BHU has bettered its performance over the previous year in many significant areas like salary, academic environment, and perception of the industrys HR mill. However, the institute scores low when it comes to infrastructure and industry interface. On the infrastructure count, the institutes score has dropped by 0.34%, which does not seem very significant. But on the industry interface front the drop of 19.5% assumes significance.

Within the placement parameter, IT BHU has improved upon its performance on the salary count. As compared to the maximum salary of Rs 9.14 lakh per annum offered by Microsoft in 2005-06, the institute got an offer of Rs 23 lakh from Schlumberger in 2006-07, a growth of 152%. The average salary of all companies also increased from Rs 2.87 lakh per annum in 2005-06 to Rs 3.74 lakh in 2006-07. On the other hand, the average salary of IT companies saw a marginal increase from Rs 2.73 lakh to Rs 2.91 lakh during the same period.

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IT BHU

Also, on the placement front, the institute saw a significant rise in the number of students placed in IT/BPO companies as well as those placed across all types of companies. While there were 173 students placed in IT/BPO companies in 2005-06, there were 211 placed in 2006-07. On the other hand, as compared to 321 students placed across all type of companies in 2005-06, 387 were placed in 2006-07.

There has also been improvement in the number of companies visiting the IT BHU campus for placements. Compared to the 68 companies in 2005-06, 83 visited the campus in 2006-07. Specifically, with respect to IT/BPO companies, the number went up from 25 in 2005-06 to 32 in 2006-07.

Way to Go!

Moving up six ranks, NIT Calicut has been the second highest gainer among the Top 10 tech schools listed. The institute fared better than the previous year on all parameters except industry interface. There was a 35.5% increase in the placement score in 2006-07 over 2005-06. The infrastructure score went up 1.9%, and the score of academic environment went up 15.7% in 2007-08 over the previous year. On the industry interface count, there was a drop of 6.1% despite several tie-ups that include Robert Bosch, Aricent, Accenture, Wipro, Calsoft, Intel, and Cognizant.

The maximum salary offered increased to Rs 9.5 lakh per annum in 2006-07 after being stagnant at Rs 6 lakh in 2004-05 and 2005-06. However, it stands the lowest compared with the salary offers bagged by the rest of the tech schools in the Top 10. The average salary of all companies increased from Rs 2.75 lakh per annum in 2005-06 to Rs 3.75 lakh. The jump is higher for the average salary of IT companies, going up from Rs 3 lakh per annum in 2005-06 to Rs 5.1 lakh in 2006-07.

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NIT Calicut

In terms of IT/BPO companies visiting the campus for placements, the number went up from 33 in 2005-06 to 41 in 2006-07. However, despite the growing number of these companies visiting the campus, the number of students placed in these through campus placement went down from 253 in 2005-06 to 244 in 2006-07. A possible reason for this can be growing preference for non-IT/BPO companies among engineering students. When it comes to all the companies visiting the campus for placements, the number went up from 58 in 2005-06 to 92 in 2006-07.

The Foreign Push

Up 13 ranks from 2006-07 Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Delhi is the biggest gainer among the Top 10 tech institutes listed in the survey. The institute did particularly well on the salary parameter. In fact, it was successful in getting the highest salary offer among the Top 10 institutes. The offer of Rs 45 lakh per annum, an international placement, came from Schlumberger. As compared to this, HLS Asia offered the highest salary of Rs 12.4 lakh in 2005-06. A possible reason for the institute attracting the highest salaries among the Top 10, surpassing even the IITs, could be its international affiliations. NSIT Delhi has a tie-up with MIT, which could possibly have a rub-off effect. It has tie-ups with 80 universities worldwide for student and faculty exchange programs.

In terms of average salary, the IT companies improved their average salary from Rs 4.25 lakh per annum in 2005-06 to Rs 5.75 lakh in 2006-07. The average salary of all companies went up from Rs 3.8 lakh per annum to Rs 5.5 lakh during the same period.

The institute has also tried bolstering its relationship with the industry over the last two years with tie-ups with IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, HCL, TCS, Sun, Accenture, Hutch, Wipro, Aricent, Freescale, etc.

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NSIT Delhi

On the placement front, the institute saw a surge in the number of IT and BPO companies visiting the campus. The numbers increased from 32 in 2005-06 to 43 in 2006-07. On the other hand, the number of all companies coming to the campus went up from 53 to 74 during the same period. The number of students placed in IT/BPO companies went up from 386 in 2005-2006 to 392 in 2006-2007, despite the fact that the total number of students placed across all type of companies reduced from 412 to 405 during the same period.

Team DQ
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