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Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Electronics & Communication Engineering) | Batch of 2015
Written on 18 Sep 2015
B.Tech classes in KIIT used to be on schedule, with the professors maintaining strict discipline. However, only a handful of the professors showed interest in discussing about projects, career opportunities and the like, outside classroom. The lab sessions were supposed to be a practical implementation of the theory taught in the classes, but more often than not, turned out to be boring owing to the presence of mediocre teaching assistants who either lacked proper knowledge of the subject or could not communicate their thoughts properly. Assignments were given on a periodical basis and only the hardworking students used to do them properly. The rest simply copied from them. Special emphasis was also given to tests since the scores obtained in them were added during the internal assessments. But, there was little or no stress on learning outside the curriculum nor there was any cooperation in this matter from the professors. Many of them merely used to give us notes and we were asked to learn those notes by heart. Rote learning was encouraged and creativity was sidelined.
The university has plenty of international exchange programs, wherein foreign students from Afghanistan, Turkey, South Korea, China visited our campus for the programs offered by the School of Languages, primarily for learning English. Other schools like the School of Engineering or say, School of Law don't have such programs. The university is also an active member of several association of universities of national and international repute like the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), International Association of Universities (IAU), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), to name a few. Professors from the foreign universities with whom KIIT has signed MOUs used to grace our college with their honorable presence and the talks delievered by them were indeed refreshing and enlightening. Other than that, only those students who were close to Professors or had a strong network within the campus used to get that once-in-a-blue-moon chance to visit international college campuses on an exchange program, and only half the cost was beared by the university. So, even if you are a quite bright and popular student in the university, you may lose this rare chance also if you can't afford it. So, there's no harm in saying that it was basically an elitist institution.
The university, being an autonomous and self financing institution, used to charge exorbitantly high tuition fees and only kids from upper middle class and rich families can afford to study there. The university gives scholarships to a tiny percentage of meritorious students; students who either had scored a very good rank in the entrance examination of the university or were toppers in their respective schools were entitled to the scholarships. POSCO, South Korea in association with KIIT University jointly provided these scholarships to deserving students. The university had no tie up with any bank to provide loans to students at concessional rates. So, students who could not afford to pay the high tuition fees had to deal with banks regarding education loans directly. However, the sky high tuition fees is justified given the sprawling campus, spick and span hostels, and the minor amount of retired professors from IITs, NITs , and other state government universities they used to hire.
Students were left at their mercy to scout for internships or training. They need to dig up contacts from their network in the campus just in case they wish to pursue the same. The Training and Placement Cell (T&P) cell of the university had a dedicated section for issuing No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) to the students desirous of going for a training or internship. However, the T&P department has very strong connections with industries and hence the placement figures are quite good. Getting an on campus job offer is a cakewalk. A minor chunk of the students were however keen on pursuing higher studies or getting government jobs. For this, the University has a Career Advisory and Augmentation Services (CAAS) division, comprising some of the most brilliant minds in the academia. They used to impart training in aptitude, problem solving skills, and soft skills in an endeavour to help the students fulfill their dreams.
The institution campus was spread over a vast area, and sometimes our feet ached from travelling between various campuses.Not all subjects related to a particular course were admisnitered in one single campus. The University had trasnportation facilities for students staying far away from the campus as paying guests in rented apartments, for their ease of convenience. The whole campus was Wi- Fi enabled and students of most schools are provided with laptops at the beginning of their course. The hostels, especially the ones that were newly constructed, were spacious, clean, and came with all other amenities that a world class university can proudly boast of. ATMs of several banks were available near the hostels. Shopping centers, eateries were present a stone's away from the location of the university campus. Loboratories of the Schools of Engineering and Applied Sciences had the latest equipments and safety practises in place.
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