8 popular engineering colleges in South India
South India is home to some of the best engineering institutes in the country, making it one of the most preferred destinations for engineering aspirants. These institutes not only offer excellent courses but also good employment opportunities as most of them have a good placement record. From IITs, NITs to private colleges and state-run universities, here are 8 top engineering institutes in South India.
The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) need no introduction; they are the best option for engineering in the country. IITs in South India are at Madras, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Dharwad, and Palakkad. These prestigious institutes offer BTech in a wide variety of disciplines. For admission, students need to qualify in the two-stage Joint Entrance Examination: JEE-Main (conducted by CBSE) and JEE-Advanced (conducted by the IITs).
NITs are the most sought-after engineering institutes after the IITs. In South India, NITs are located at Tiruchirappalli (Trichy), Surathkal, Warangal, Calicut, Puducherry, and Andhra Pradesh (Tadepalligudem). NITs in Tiruchirappalli (Trichy), Surathkal, Warangal, and Calicut are the oldest and most reputed. They offer BTech in various subjects, including Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, and Electrical and Electronics Engineering among others. Students are admitted through JEE-Main.
Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) are technical institutions focused on the information technology and computer science fields. IIITs in South India are at Tiruchirappalli, Kancheepuram, Sri City (Andhra Pradesh), Dharwad, Kurnool, and Kottayam. They offer BTech programs in Computer Science and Engineering and Electronics and Communication Engineering among others. Admissions to BTech are based on JEE-Main performance and through Joint Seat Allocation Authority.
The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) in Thiruvananthapuram was established for study and research of space science. It was set up by ISRO under the Indian Government's Department of Space. It offers BTech Aerospace Engineering, and BTech Electronics & Communication Engineering (specialization in Avionics), and five-year Dual Degree (BTech + MS/MTech). For admission, candidates must have cleared the JEE-Advanced examination.
Vellore Institute of Technology, founded in 1984, is a popular deemed university in Tamil Nadu. It offers 18 courses, including BTech in Civil, Mechanical (Regular and specialization in Automotive/Energy), Electrical & Electronics, Electronics & Instrumentation, Chemical, IT, CSE (Regular and specialization in Bioinformatics/Information Security), Electronics & Communication (Regular and specialization in Sensors-Wearable/IoT-Sensor/Biomedical engineering) among others. It admits students through VIT Engineering Entrance Exam (VITEEE).
Tamil Nadu's Anna University is a state technical university founded in 1978 in Chennai's Guindy. The College of Engineering (Guindy) offers BE in Civil, Electrical and Electronics, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Printing Technology, Agricultural and Irrigation, Mining, Industrial Engineering, Geo-Informatics, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Biomedical Engineering, and BTech in Information Technology. Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) is organized for admission into engineering courses.
PSG College of Technology, founded in 1951 in Coimbatore, is among South India's top private engineering institutes. It offers BTech programs in Automobile, Biotechnology, Civil, Mechanical, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics & Communication, Information Technology, Metallurgical, and Production Engineering apart from BTech Sandwich courses. Admission to the undergraduate engineering courses is merit-based and done through the "Single Window Counseling" by Anna University.
The Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) University in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur is one of the top-ranking engineering institutes. It is a deemed university that offers 14 BTech courses in Aerospace, Bioengineering, Chemical, Electrical & Electronics, Information Technology, Computer Science, Mechanical, and Mechantronics among others; BTech+MTech Integrated programs are also available. Admissions to the courses depend on the candidate's JEE-Main performance.