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South India – India’s Engineering Education Hub

The South Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have emerged as the top destinations for engineering education in India due too presence of large number of engineering institutes. In fact, Andhra Pradesh alone houses 704 engineering colleges, which account for 3, 40,007 seats.

Feb 10, 2016 09:00 IST
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South India – India’s Engineering Education Hub
South India – India’s Engineering Education Hub

The South Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have emerged as the top destinations for engineering education in India due too presence of large number of engineering institutes. In fact, Andhra Pradesh alone houses 704 engineering colleges, which account for 3, 40,007 seats.

State wise Engineering seat distribution in South Indian States (2014 stats)

State

Number of Engineering Colleges

No of Engineering Seats

Andhra Pradesh

704

3,40,007

Karnataka

188

92,376

Kerala

148

52,211

Tamil Nadu

498

2,36,417

The above table clearly establishes South India as a dominant engineering hub with presence of highest number of engineering colleges and seats. While, the numbers look quite impressive, the region is also home to some of the most popular engineering colleges including reputed IITs and NITs as well as a host of top ranking private engineering colleges.

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai


Backed by the prosperous legacy of colonial education, Chennai has always been at the forefront when it comes to technical education in the country. The city boasts of some of the finest and oldest engineering colleges of the country, which have evolved over the years to offer world class technical education that is not only academically sound but also in line with the contemporary needs of the industry. The presence of several auto majors in the city limits which earned it the nickname of "Detroit of India" has traditionally propelled engineering education in Chennai. The recent advent and rapid expansion of IT / computer technology sector have rejuvenated the engineering domain with the prime focus on service based technology domains. As a result of this phenomenon, several new engineering institutes in Chennai have come up that offer engineering courses on evolving disciplines and nascent topics.

College Name

Affiliation

Qualifying Exam

Awards / Recognitions

Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, Chennai

Autonomous

JEE Advanced

"Institute of National Importance" by MHRD

Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai

Anna University

TNEA

Grade 'A' accreditation by NAAC

College of Engineering, Anna University

Anna University

TNEA

NAAC accreditation

SRM University, Chennai

Deemed University

SRMJEEE

Grade ‘A’ accreditation from NAAC

SSN College of Engineering, Chennai

Anna University

TNEA

"Top Institution of India" by CSR

Top Engineering Colleges in Hyderabad

Hyderabad – the city of pearls; has been at the centre of Information Technology revolution in the country. With the presence of major tech companies like Microsoft, Google, IBM, Dell and Facebook; the city has transformed itself into the engineering hub of India. The same IT revolution has also escalated the need for trained and qualified engineers and technicians in the city to serve these global technology firms. To cater to this void, several new technology institutes have been set up in the city and old technical colleges have upgraded their curriculum and pedagogy to meet this new challenge. Top engineering institutes of Hyderabad are mentioned below.

College Name

Affiliation

Qualifying Exam

Awards / Recognitions

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad

Deemed university

AP EAMCET

Grade 'A' accreditation by NAAC

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Autonomous university

JEE Mains

Grade 'A' accreditation by NAAC

Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Hyderabad

Deemed university

BITSAT

Grade 'A' accreditation by NAAC

Vignana Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (VBIT)

JNTU

AP EAMCET

Grade 'B’ accreditation from NAAC

Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

Autonomous

JEE Advanced

"Institute of National Importance" by MHRD

Top Engineering Colleges in Bangalore


Aptly named as the ‘silicon valley of India’; Bangalore has its own special status among the students when it comes to Top Engineering colleges. In addition to being at the forefront of the Information Technology revolution in India, Bangalore has traditionally been a technology bastion with the presence of top technology institutes and firms like IISc, ISRO, HAL, NAL and National Institute of Design. The ongoing IT boom has certainly escalated the matters, leading to higher demand for technology professionals and engineers not only in IT but also in other engineering domains. Today, there are more than 20 top engineering colleges in Bangalore that offer quality and internationally recognized engineering courses. A few among them are listed below:

College Name

Affiliation

Qualifying Exam

Awards / Recognitions

M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore (MSRIT)

VTU

KCET/COMED-K

Grade ‘A’ accreditation from NAAC

RV College of Engineering, Bangalore

VTU

KCET/COMED-K

NBA accreditation

BMS Institute of Technology and Management, Bangalore

VTU

COMDEK

Ranked third in South India by Edu Universal Master

PES University, Bangalore

VTU

CET/ PESSAT/ COMEDK/JEE Mains

NBA accreditation

Alliance College of Engineering and Design, Bangalore

Autonomous

JEE main/ JEE advanced/ KCET/COMEDK

Awarded as Best Private University by ASSOCHAM in 2014

Top Engineering Colleges in Coimbatore


The ‘Manchester of south India’ has been one of the leading education hubs in South India. However, the city of Coimbatore has special recognition among the students, when it comes to technical education, especially engineering institutes. With traditional foothold over textiles, healthcare, manufacturing sector and information technology; the city of Coimbatore has emerged as the right place for engineering aspirants to pursue courses that are in sync with the contemporary needs of the industrial sector.

College Name

Affiliation

Qualifying Exam

Awards / Recognitions

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Coimbatore

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

AEEE

NBA accreditation

Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore

Anna University

TNEA

NBA accreditation

PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore

Anna University

TNEA

NBA accreditation

Karunya University, Coimbatore

Deemed University

KEE

Grade ‘A’ accreditation from NAAC

Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore

Anna University

TNEA

Grade ‘A’ accreditation from NAAC

Top Engineering colleges in Tiruchirapalli


With its roots firmly placed in historical heritage, Tiruchirapalli has been advancing towards the modern age with the presence of several top ranking engineering institutes. Popularly known as the ‘Rock Fort City’, the district is famous is a major education hub in south India, especially for technical and engineering education. Since the colonial era, the city has been leading in technical education space. Post independence, the establishment of NIT in 1964 led to a chain reaction that resulted in setting up several new top engineering institutes in Trichy. Currently, the following institutes are termed as the best engineering colleges in Trichy.

College Name

Affiliation

Qualifying Exam

Awards / Recognitions

National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli

Autonomous

JEE Mains

"Institute of National Importance" by MHRD

J.J. College of Engineering and Technology, Tiruchirappalli

Anna University

TNEA

ISO 9001:2008 Certified Institution

Kurinji College of Engineering and Technology, Tiruchirappalli

Anna University

TNEA

AICTE Approved

Jayaram College of Engineering and Technology, Tiruchirappalli

Anna University

TNEA

AICTE Approved

Trichy Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli

Anna University

TNEA

AICTE Approved

Top Engineering Colleges in Thiruvananthapuram

Along with being the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is the largest academic hub of the state, which attracts students from across the country. Traditionally, the city has been known for technical institutions that have helped it leave its mark on an international stage. The notable among them include ISRO, VSSC, IIIT&M, IISER and many others. Today, the city houses several engineering colleges that offer world class engineering courses, that help students fulfil their academic curiosity as well as setup sound foundation for a lucrative career.

College Name

Affiliation

Qualifying Exam

Awards / Recognitions

Rajadhani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala University

KEAM

AICTE approved

Sarabhai Institute of Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

Cochin University of Science and Technology

KEAM

ISO 9001:2008 Certified Institution

ACE College of Engineering, Karinkadamugal

Kerala Technological University

KEAM 

ISO 9001:2008 Certified Institution

Mohandas College of Engineering & Technology, Nedumangad

Kerala University

KEAM

STQC Certification

Trinity College of Engineering, Naruvamoodu

Kerala Technological University

KEAM

AICTE Approved

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