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Engineering Colleges: Mumbai Ratings, 2006

Selecting an engineering college is tricky. Brand name, placement, results, faculty, infrastructure, branch, and distance of travel are all important while making your decision.

The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has awarded grades, but ground realities are often different. That is why we at JAM spoke to dozens of students as well as visited several colleges and took expert opinions to compile the JAM Engineering College Ratings

The ratings explained:
A+ : Best of the best.
A : The best colleges
B+ : The best among second rung colleges
B^ : B grade colleges who are slowly but surely improving
B : Not too good, not too bad.
B- : The worst amongst the B grade colleges
C : The bottom rung.

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How to use Ratings:
The colleges listed within the same grade are in descending order of preference. So if you are looking at B^ category, Vidyalankar is placed over Rajiv Gandhi as the faculty in the former is far better. But choosing a college is about tweaking a formula to individual needs.

In the A category, Fr. Agnel Bandra, appears before RAIT. However, choose RAIT if you happen to stay in Nerul as the commute will be practically zero and you’ll have a more enjoyable college life.

Junaid Khateeb, professor at Sadguru classes advises:
– In Mumbai University the number of seats available are higher than the total number of applications.

– Never be in a hurry and pay up for a management seat, wait at least till the second round of admissions.

– With girls quota available, total number of seats available for girls is much higher than boys.

– Beware of the games that colleges play to get their management seats filled before the rounds.

– Do attend counseling sessions which are held all over the city and make the most of them.

– Keep checking the newspapers for regular updates.

– Don’t fall prey to people offering easy seats at a high price, you don’t need them.

Grade A+ DTE Grades
VESIT, Chembur
Top-notch placements; brilliant results; awesome infrastructure; superb sports facilities; well-equipped labs; good extra-curricular activities.
Average faculty, relatively strict rules.
A
DJ Sanghvi, Vile Parle (W)
Above average faculty; really good labs & infrastructure; excellent placements; awesome results; cool crowd; lots of extra-curricular activities
Horrible canteen
A+
VJTI, Matunga
Good brand name; competitive crowd; fabulous placements.
Average faculty; infrastructure, especially labs could be better; teething troubles for the new system.
A+
SPCE/ SPIT, Andheri (W)
Good faculty for later years; excellent placements and results; smart crowd; lots of activities, brand name
Badly located canteen; average faculty for the starting years, ageing infrastructure.
A+
UICT, Matunga
Excellent faculty, placements; syllabus updated regularly; no stagnancy; speedy results
Crowd too studious; only one field offered.
A+
 
Grade A DTE Grades
TSEC, Bandra
Dedicated faculty; placements; good labs; extra-currics; location.
Very bad canteen; small campus.
A
Fr CRCE, Bandra
Placements; infrastructure; labs; cultural society; reputation.
Average faculty; strict internal evaluation; canteen.
A+
K J Somaiya, Vidyavihar
Good placements; good results, infrastructure and labs; full of activities.
Teaching below expectations; male-dominated crowd.
A+
Fr. CRIT, Vashi
Faculty; infrastructure; results (esp. Electrical); decent placements.
Extremely strict; no extra-currics; pathetic canteen.
A+
RAIT, Nerul
Lenient staff; AC library; really good placements and fests.
Average results.
A
   
Grade B+ DTE Grades
Saboo Siddik, Byculla
Very supportive staff; nice labs; good placements and results; auto engg, established college.
Lack of discipline; bad canteen.
A
Shah and Anchor, Chembur
Very good faculty, infrastructure and placements; good crowd.
Below average extra-curricular activities.
A
St Francis, Borivali (W)
Good faculty esp. for FE; excellent placements and results; helpful crowd; lots of activities; improving every year.
Canteen sucks; faculty from SE onwards can be better.
Vasantdada Patil, Sion
Average faculty, infra, placements and results; easy to commute.
Bad canteen.
B
 
Grade B^ DTE Grades
Vidyalankar, Wadala
Excellent faculty; good labs; improving placements.
Studious crowd; average results; campus under construction; hardly any activities.
A
Rajiv Gandhi (MCT), Versova
Good faculty esp. EXTC, infra; canteen popular due to lack of options; ever-improving crowd
No student council; placements could be better
A
Don Bosco, Kurla
Good placements; average results; nice crowd; marine engg; sports facilities; well-equipped labs; expected to improve, central location.
Faculty not too good; lacking in activities.
Thakur College, Kandivali
Excellent faculty, infrastructure and placements.
Not many activities; relatively new college.
SIES, Nerul
Average faculty, placements and results; splendid labs; coming up well.
Relatively new, located in New Bombay.
Pillai, New Panvel
Good student-teacher rapport; super labs; improving results and placements; pretty good fest.
Campus under renovation; poor sports facilities and canteen, distant location (Panvel).
K J Somaiya, Sion
Average faculty, infra and results; expected to improve.
Poor placements and canteen; sad crowd.
Atharva, Malad
Really good labs; average placements and results.
Inexperienced faculty; boring crowd; very few activities.
 
Grade B DTE Grades
Rizvi, Bandra
Good location; average placements; manageable faculty
Bad results: pakao crowd.
Terna, Nerul
Good placements; A grade.
Poor infrastructure; average faculty and results; college feel missing.
A
Datta Meghe (NYSS), Airoli
Experienced faculty; good labs; plenty of activities, Mech branch good.
Average results; bad canteen; dull crowd; difficult to commute.
Vartak (Vidyavardhini), Vasai
Average placements and results; good labs.
Faculty shortage; boring crowd; few activities; infra should be better.
A
BVCOE, Kharghar
Average faculty and labs; Good for chem., EXTC and mech is ok.
Poor results, placements, activities and crowd.
C
A C Patil, Kharghar
Good results; state-of-the-art labs; constantly improving.
Average faculty, activities; low placements.
B
M G M, Kamothe
Average infrastructure, labs, placements and faculty.
Poor results, activities and canteen.
B
 
Grade B- DTE Grades
Jondhale, Dombivli
Good labs; decent canteen and average faculty.
Below average results and placements; lack of fests.
B
L T, Kopar Khairane
Good faculty for Mech; average labs; good placements.
Average faculty for other branches; average results and crowd; bad canteen; more activities needed.
B
 
Grade C DTE Grades
I G COE, Kopar Khairane
Poor faculty, infra, placements and results; boring crowd; lack of activities.
Parshvanath, Thane
Poor crowd; No extra-currics; out of the way.
K C (Excelsior), Thane
Far-off location; below average faculty and placements; still in nascent stages.
Saraswati, Kharghar
Obscure location; poor placements; too new.
St. Xavier, Mahim
Too new.

The girls may have noticed SNDT missing from the above list. SNDT has always maintained a good position. But go for it only if you fail to get into an A grade college. And, of course, if you are ready to study in an all-girls college (Psst: You won’t really regret it… it’s not as if there are Greek gods waiting for you in other colleges).

Engineering is sad. Period. Ok, we’re kidding. Go for it, for the sake of satisfying your aging folks, or if you want to be in software, or even if you are plain confused. But please choose your college carefully. If you’re getting an A + or A college, go for college over branch. If it’s a choice between a B + and B college, go for branch. Again, traveling 3 hours a day to attend an A + or A college is worth it. For B range colleges, it is not. So choose a college closer to your house. Don’t for heaven’s sake land up in an all-academic college if you’re looking for college-life masti. And make the best of the next 4 years – whatever your final choice!

Credits:
Primary Research: Kaushik Chatterji.
Expert inputs: Junaid Khateeb (Professor, Sadguru Classes, Krishna Rao (B E, Mumbai University) and Rashmi Bansal (Editor, JAM).
Thanks to the engineering students across Mumbai who gave us their valuable feedback.

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