Aditya Gupta

Materials and Metallurgical engineering | Batch of 2013

Aditya's review on Indian Institute of Technology, [IIT] Kanpur

Overall Rating : 10 / 10

Written on 09 Mar 2016

Academics & Faculty
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10 /10

The daily routine consists of lectures/lab sessions from 8 am to 5 pm in the evening and are generally lightly loaded with assignments and pre-reads in the first two years. The number of assignments and pre-reads increases in the last two years as more specialization subjects come into picture.

The quality of teaching is outstanding. It is something that will rarely be seen anywhere else in India. Teachers like HC Verma make physics come to life with their practical and experiment based teaching methods in class. Faculties who are well known in the industry and academic area teach the subjects with passion beyond imagination. They are however extremely finnicky about discipline. The doors for the classes will be shut at 8:00 am sharp for the first class and no exceptions will be made. This makes the teachers more credible and someone whom you would look upto in future. The college has every experience that you could have thought of. Every hostel has its own canteen and mess. The canteens are open till late night  for the convenience of students and also there is a CCD inside the campus that gives out good coffee at subsidized rates! There is Antaragni which is one of the biggest cultural festival in North India and it is later followed by Techkriti which is again one of the biggest technology festival in India. There are inter and intra hostel competitions as well. Overall the place offers exposure to variety of activities that would shape your personality and turn you into one of the finest ask in the market at the end of 4/5 years you spend there.

Fees & Scholarship
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10 /10

  • The course fee per year has been changing for some time now. It used to be INR 64000 per annum during 2009-2013. The fee is subsidized way beyond measure if one looks at the facilities and infrastructure made available to the students.
  • However, the fee is subsidized for SC/ST candidates and numerous scholarships are available for other students as well who come from lower income group.
  • The scholarships are generally merit cum means and given to roughly 100 students every year.
  • A lot of students also take loans for their education which are readily made available from banks like SBI and UBI that have a branch inside the campus at extremely good rates. All of this makes it almost a non-existent factor when you are thinking of an education at IIT Kanpur.

Placements & Alumni Network
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10 /10

  • Internships are not compulsory for every student. However, the institute values the importance of internships in a students career and hence brings in a lot of companies/firms to hire interns from the batch. A lot of students also take up scholarships like DAAD and MITACS Globalink program to get into universities in Germany and Canada respectively to pursue research interns. A lot of students go out to do their interns at universities across the world in USA, UK, Europe, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore etc. where their travel and accommodation costs are covered by the institute offering them interns.

  • The placements happen in the month of december for final year students. They happen over a period of one monthe where companies visit the campus vigorously. The highest salary offered is generally close to Rs 1 Cr or more. It is generally offered by an IT based firm to a computer science student for a position outside India (mostly in the US). apart from these few outliers, day one sees around 120-150 students getting placed at an annual salary package of more than Rs 15 Lakhs per annum. The companies following them offer lower packages. The overall average salary of the batch would be somewhere around Rs 9-10 lakhs per annum.

  • There is a strong alumni network in place which goes back long enough and the spread is all across the globe and across organizations of different types. Even though it's been more than 2 years now since I left IIT Kanpur, I can still approach and alumni with just my name and place of graduation. There are Alumni meets that happen every year at several locations across the country where graduates from batches of 1960's also join and share their experience with the younger generation. Job switching is way easier for an IIT Kanpur graduate because of the presence of a strong alumni network and a strong bond that every IIT Kanpur graduate shares with the other irrespective of the years they graduate in. 


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