When one thinks of the term, ‘Best engineering college’, they first think of, ‘IIT: Indian Institutes of Technology’. Currently, there are eighteen IITs spread across India and all of them speak of academic brilliance and are apple of India’s education eye! The IIT’s are among the elite group of public higher education institution in India, others being NITs (National Institute of Technology), AIIMS (All India Institutes of Medical Sciences) and IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology), which are termed as ‘Institutes of National Importance’. The whole experience of either joining IIT or missing it is an interesting one that creates two sets of viewpoints regarding the importance of a degree from IIT.
Earning an IIT degree is a shinning feather in your cap, a constant reminder that you have sailed the rough seas. In other words, you performed well in class 12th examination, cracked the JEE Main Exam, excelled the Group Discussions and Personal Interview rounds, probably struggled but survived through the years of the course and earned that degree. Clearing all these examination is not a joke and though many people would make fun of the admission process and make memes about a student from IIT, you should be proud of the fact that you lived through all of it and got that degree. The course of the entire process starting from admission to graduating provides confidence and courage to take challenges head on. Pat yourself on the shoulder!
A degree from IIT is not the end or the final answer; it just solidifies your professional base. The degree shines bright on your resume and brings you under scanner of best tech industries in the world. The range of career options broadens and being just an engineer is no more the only option. Similarly, the pay packages offered to you are par excellence, with positions both in India and across the globe. Following are some of the job prospects with a degree from IIT:
- Management Related Careers
- Financial Services sector
- Data Analytics
- Public Sector/Government
- IT, Software
- Research & Development
- Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector
However, in the recent years there has been a change in the trend where people are moving away from taking admissions in IIT and looking towards a) Alternative institutions providing Engineering or b) different career options altogether. The process of Entrance examination in IIT which takes the selected few high scoring students into the admission fold has always been a pointer for the criticism towards IITs. In such a scenario, importance of an IIT degree takes a side step and students research possible choices other than IIT and Engineering.
If you are an engineer who has not graduated from IIT, it doesn’t mean that the jobs in IT sector have shut down for you. Since only a few, out of many, are able to graduate from IIT and a rapid increase in the high-tech industries, there are plenty of jobs available despite the fact you are IIT or non-IIT. Yes, there might be a difference the type of job and the pay package that comes with it but your hard work and dedication regarding your job would give a stiff competition to the IIT-grads. Not everybody is IIT material and hence not graduating from IIT should not dampen your spirits.
In concluding, with the above views, this post leaves an open question for you to decide the importance of a degree from IIT.