“Which is better? NIT or BITS?”


A lot of students have asked us these questions over the past few years.

Which institute:  NIT or BITS is better for our career?

From which institute should i graduate to

1) achieve a good pay package

2) pursue higher studies

3) avail facilities and resources in order to pursue my entrepreneurial instincts, etc.

We understand the dilemma that the students go through while choosing an institute, as in most cases their future career depends on their choice.

Up till now, we did not have the proper research parameters based on which we could have provided a suggestion to the students other than hearsay.

But now thanks to the NIRF (National Institute Ranking Framework) set up by the government, we now have a strong basis and report based on which the students can decide the most important decision of their career! Here are a few excerpts from the report.

Excerpt from the report

The IITs (old and new) lead the league tables for Engineering (Category A-Research & Teaching) occupying the first eleven positions. Predictably, the first five IITs, established during 1950s and early 1960s, take the first five positions led by IIT Madras the top slot with a weighted score of 89.42 followed by IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur with weighted score of 87.67, 83.91, 82.03 and 81.07 respectively. In addition to the five old IITs, five more IITs secured distinction in terms of weighted score, viz., IIT Roorkee (rank 6; weighted score: 78.68), IIT Hyderabad (rank 7; weighted score: 77.23), IIT Gandhinager (rank 8; weighted score: 75.21), IIT Ropar (rank 9; weighted score: 74.89 and IIT Patna (rank 10; weighted score: 74.68). However, IIT Guwahati with a weighted score of 74.63 missed the distinction marks by a whisker. Remaining 5 IITs are interspersed between ranks 14 and 26. It is encouraging to note 6. Analysis of Ranking Results “In the early stages of its work, it became clear to the Core Committee that a single ranking framework for such a complex scenario of institutions would be counterproductive, and even meaningless. This led to the conclusion that a ranking framework should be designed that enables an apple-to-apple comparison,” Surendra Prasad , Chairman, NBA & Member, Core Committee, NIRF India Rankings 2016 7 that 12 NITs find their places amongst first 50 institutions led by NIT, Tiruchirappalli at rank 12 and 10 NITs are interspersed between ranks 51 to 92. The Vellore Institute of Technology (rank 13) and PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore (rank 24) get the distinction of being two private institutions occupying top slots amongst the IITs and NITs.

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru is ranked as the first amongst universities with a weighted score of 91.81 closely followed by Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, formerly University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT), University of Mumbai, which stands at rank 2 with a weighted score of 87.58. Ranks 3 to 8 are occupied by the traditional, multi-disciplinary universities led by Jawaharlal Nehru University (rank 3) followed by University of Hyderabad (rank 4), Tezpur University (rank 5), University of Delhi (rank 6), Banaras Hindu University (rank 7) and Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (rank 8) with weighted scores ranging from 86.46 (JNU) to 78.83 (IISST). Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS, Pilani) each at 9th position with a weighted score of 76.85 closely followed by Aligarh Muslim University at rank 10 with a weighted score of 76.62. Visva Bharati (rank 11; weighted score: 76.11) and Punjab University (rank 12; weighted score: 76.07) also secured a distinction in terms of weighted score while two other universities namely, Pondicherry University (rank 13; weighted score: 74.44) and Bharathiar University (rank 14; weighted score: 74.32) come very close. It is noteworthy that King George Medical University, Lucknow (rank 16), Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishvavidyalaya (rank 31), Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Science University (rank 36) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (rank 39) and National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (rank 50) are discipline-specific institutions performing research and imparting education in medical, agricultural, veterinary, animal sciences, etc. could find their places amongst multi-disciplinary universities and technological institutions. This demonstrates that the ranking parameters and the metric are generic enough to suit all kinds of educational institutions.”

The exhaustive parameters on which the first ever official ranking was decided are

1) Outreach and Inclusivity

2) Teaching Learning and Resources

3) Research, Professional Practice and Collaborative Performance

4) Graduation Outcomes

5) Perception

We think the above parameters are very strong indicators for the student as well,  to decide what he/she wants from an institute for their future goals!

For those who are really interested in research based ranking data, please have a look at this site in detail.

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