West Bengal has been home to higher learning, in the eastern part of India. If you wish to pursue an engineering career, you would like to explore the opportunity offered by the engineering colleges in this state. Some of them have a history of half a century.
Here we will review some of the top Govt Colleges in Engineering situated in West Bengal.
IIT, Kharagpur was established in 1951, by the Central Government, in Hijli Detention camp. It was conceived as an institute to accelerate post-war development of the country by producing researchers as well as technical teachers. Hijli is a historic place because great freedom fighters had sacrificed their lives in that detention camp.
Beginning with 42 teachers and 224 students in 1951, it houses almost 9000 students and 550 faculty members today. Sir JC Ghosh, a well-known scientist became the first director of the institute. It was provided with the best machine tools for the workshops. In 1956, the Parliament declared the IIT, Kharagpur, an “Institute as an Institute of national importance”, by passing “Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur” Act.
IIT Kgp is the most diversified campus with facility for international exposure (MOUs with prestigious universities). Academic and research programs offered are comparable to a large ocean with depth. Plenty of choices exist. UG courses comprise of B.Tech in 16 streams and 55 integrated courses of BTech plus MTech or BTech plus MBA. Six courses of integrated MSc are also offered. There is a B Arch course as well.
For these JEE Advance Rank is the admission criteria.
There are 49 M Tech courses and one MCP (CITY Pl) course for which GATE score is the criteria for admission.
In addition, there are numerous courses in humanities, law, medical sciences &Technology, as well as doctoral programs.
Institute offers many combinations of streams and elective subjects between different departments, It also provides research facilities and opportunities to participate in technology development.
Career development center of IIT Kgp organizes courses to develop human relationship skills and other soft skills needed for successful career leadership. Major recruiters in 2017 included Quantity Analytics, Intel, Apple, ONGC, Samsung, ITC, ISRO, Adobe, Credit Suisse, Airbus, HSBC, City, Goldman Sachs, American Express, IBM Research JP Morgan Uber, Vedanta, and others. There are also internship offers as well as a large number of pre-placement offers to.
Almost 98% of eligible candidates get the placement of their own choice and average package varies from 9 lakhs to 12 lakhs pa.
NIT, Durgapur was established initially as Regional Engineering College in 1960. It became an NIT with the status of “ an Institute of National Importance” in 2007. It was set up to take care of shortage of trained technical manpower in the region.
Presently it is offering B Tech courses in 9 disciplines. M. Tech. programs are offered in 12 streams.MBA, as well as MCA courses, are also offered. It has a good placement record with students getting the average package of around 6.5 lakhs. Around 65% students got placed during 2016-17. Around 100 companies visited campus for talent sourcing.
Govt College of Engg & Leather Technology, Kolkata
GCELT, Kolkata was established in 1919 as Calcutta Research Tannery. It was rechristened and relocated to a new campus at EM by Pass, Salt Lake. It is now affiliated to the West Bengal University of Technology and approved by AICTE. The college offers B Tech course in three streams and M Tech in Leather technology. Admission to B Tech course is conducted on the basis of WBJEE rank.
Placement scenario is good because reputed companies such as Wipro and Infosys visit for recruitment.
Govt. College of Engineering & Textile Technology, Serampore
GCETT, Serampore was founded in 1908. Initially, it was named as College of Textile Technology. Currently, it offers four B Tech courses and two post graduate courses. Admission to UG courses is based on WBJEE rank criteria.
The college has good infrastructure and faculty. Reputed companies visit the campus for candidate selection. Average package was around 3.5 lakhs/annum in one of the recent years.
Govt College of Engg & Textile Technology, Berhampore
The GCETTB, Berhampore was founded in the year 1927, in the central jail of Berhampore, initially as Government Silk Weaving and Dyeing Institute. In the year 2002, it was renamed as Govt College of Engg & Textile Technology, Berhampore. The college offers B Tech courses in 4 streams and M Tech in Textile technology. B Tech admissions are done on the basis of WBJEE ranking. Final year students get placement in IT companies and other firms.
Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College (JGEC) Jalpaiguri
JGEC was started in the year 1961. It was the second state govt college to begin technical education after independence. College is affiliated to MAKAUT and approved by AICTE. It offers B Tech courses in six popular disciplines as well as PG programs in two streams of engineering technology.
The college has an impressive placement record. In 2017, for example, 14 employers made more than 100 offers. Among these were IT industry stalwarts.
Govt College of Engg & Ceramic Technology, Kolkata
GCECT, Kolkata began its journey as College of Ceramic Technology in 1940. The college was a pacesetter in training engineers in sophisticated Ceramic applications such as nuclear ceramics electronic and bioceramics, and space applications.
College offers 3 UG courses and two PG courses. It is strong in research and consultancy. Most of the Ceramic technology students get placed. Another stream the placement exceeds 50% on an average. It has autonomous status under WBUT.
Kalyani Govt Engg College
KGEC was founded in the year 1995. It has the status of an autonomous institute with affiliation to MAKAUT (Maulana Abul Kalam University of Technology), earlier known as WBUT.
It offers 5 UG courses and 6 PG courses including MCA and MTech. Reputed companies visit the campus for candidate selection.
Universities offering engineering degree courses:
- Calcutta University offers 10 UG courses in engineering
- Jadavpur University offers 18 UG courses in engineering and technology
- Burdwan University offers 6 UG courses in engineering
- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, ( MAKAUT) offers 2 UG courses in engineering
- University of Kalyani, Dept. of engg and tech studies offers 2 UG courses in engineering
These universities also offer PG and Ph. D programs in engineering.
Engineering colleges of West Bengal have a unique advantage of the historic connection to technology learning, industry collaboration, research as well as good placement opportunity in many cases.