There are various engineering colleges in India like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institute of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), ISM Dhanbad, Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI), Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) and so on. To take admission in these top engineering colleges students will have to crack various engineering entrance examinations like JEE (JEE Main & JEE Advanced), UPSEE/UPTU, WBJEE, SRMJEEE, VITEEE etc. In few months, you will appear for these engineering entrance examinations and hope that you will grab a seat in IITs, NITs or any other prestigious engineering institute. Going to college means a lot of independence. But with this independence comes more responsibility. You will be responsible to all your deeds. Apart from gaining academic knowledge you will know lot of other things from your seniors, professors and batch mates.
In this article, we will discuss few things you should know or brush up on before getting in any engineering college.
With the order of Supreme Court, ragging has been banned in all forms. So chill, you need not to fear. It is the responsibility of engineering college to control it. Colleges have installed many CCTV cameras in their corridors for surveillance. There is also provision of strict punishments who are found involved in ragging. So do not be afraid and if possible interact with seniors because they can help you in future. Try to maintain cordial relation with them. But if any point of time you feel that you are being harassed then consult to concerned authority.
2. Be courteous and open-minded
Now you are going to be a college guy. It’s a big transition in your life. You start from living at home with your parents to living in hostel with a friend or a complete stranger. There may be differences in your way of living and thinking. You should respect your roomie ideas and be courteous toward him.
If you expect your life similar to classic Indian movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, then your hopes will be shattered after arriving in engineering college because of skewed gender ratio. If you are girl at engineering college then prepare to feel utterly desolated and disappointed. From day 1 proposals will keep hounding your door. Take this on lighter note and be open minded.
3. How to Study
A lot of money goes as your tution and hostel fee, so make sure you’re studying. Many college student study last night to pass the examination but remember last night study will only work when you have studied whole year. During your first semester your topmost priority will be to figure out how to study best and where to get most work done. It’s okay to go out and have parties, but keeping your priorities in check will allow you to do both.
4. How to budget your money
No matter how much is your pocket money you will always fall short of it. At the end of month you have to borrow from your friends. So, spend your money wisely. A huge portion of your pocket money goes in partying and shopping. So, if you feel that at the end of each month you fall short of money then cut down your expenditure.
Now a days banks offer credit card to students. Stay away from the credit card. At college time you do not need to start spending money you don’t have.
5. How to wake up on time
During your school, at your home, your parents usually keep an eye when you wake up in the morning. But in college there is no one to keep track on you. Sleeping late in night and waking late in the morning is the biggest problem of college guys. Many a times they miss morning class because of waking late. Do whatever you can do to get up early in the morning. Set five alarms, sleep early in the night but do not miss the class. Do not forget why you are here. Don’t let your grades drop just because you feel like getting an extra hour of sleep.
6. Keep a check on your attendance
In most of engineering colleges it is compulsory to have 75 percent attendance. Always keep a check on your attendance. The compulsion on attendance is made to ensure that you have covered sufficient coursework during the semester. If you want to do well in your examination, then regular attendance is necessary. The college expects you to attend 100 percent lectures but 25% leeway is given for sickness and other issues.
7. Do not miss practical classes
Never miss practical classes in college. There are few practical classes with respect to theory classes. Generally the ratio is 70:30. Practical classes are very important as they give better understanding of topics taught in theory classes.