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Tough course, great value

One major attraction of studying engineering at this varsity? It’s very easy on the pocket

education Updated: Apr 03, 2012 13:55 IST
Garima Upadhyay
Garima Upadhyay
Hindustan Times

Engineering studies are a distant dream for many who might have the aptitude, but not the moolah to afford the tuition fee. Jamia Millia Islamia’s Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) provides a ray of hope to such students. An annual fee of as low as Rs 9000 approximately (for its BTech programme), is the major attraction of studying engineering at the varsity for many aspirants. Not just that, but the various other monetary benefits offered to students make it worth their while to study here.

Shamim Biswas, a first-year computer-engineering student, says, “It is probably the only engineering college in the country offering quality education at a very nominal price. Also, food in the canteen is priced keeping in mind student budgets – you get a veg thali for just Rs 15 and chicken biryani for Rs 25. Students can also avail of the bus-pass facility that enables them to travel in DTC bus for just Rs 100 for an entire month. All in all, the facilities on offer make it a very student-friendly university.”

However, does an “affordable” programme impact the quality of studies? “Not at all. Rather, we have the best of facilities and infrastructure present on campus. From an Apple lab, which has around 60 Macs, to hi-tech laboratories dedicated to each branch, the department has the best facilities available in the country for engineering,” says Suraj Tripathi, a first-year student at the FET.

The university receives scores of applications for its BTech programme every year for 350 seats. Last year it got close to 30,000 applications for the various undergraduate engineering courses. Besides a nominal fee, the department has a huge campus with a very good faculty.

There are 118 faculty members with 28 visiting faculty from distinguished institutes like the IIT-Delhi, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, etc.

Faculty of Fngineering and Technology offers a BTech degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communication engineering, computer engineering. Admissions for BTech are on currently, so check the website for details. It also has a department of applied sciences which has six sections. FET also offers a PhD programme for which the admission process begins in July every year. Other post-graduate programmes leading to MTech and MSc degrees are also offered. The
MTech courses are: electrical power system management, control and instrumentation system, earthquake engineering and others.

Admission to the MTech programme is based on an entrance examination. The syllabus for these examinations is available on the Jamia website.

IT quotient
The library is wi-fi enabled and very soon the facility will be available throughout the campus. The college has state-of-the-art laboratories for its engineering students. The faculty website gives you all the details of the programmes and also serves as an interface for students to access e-learning material right from the comfort of their homes. It also gives out details about the various events taking place in the various faculties.

From spacious classrooms to hi-tech laboratories, the environment aids in the learning process. The department of mechanical engineering has established automation and computer integrated manufacturing laboratories which consist of robots with linear slide base, conveyer belt, feeder etc. The department also has a modern auditorium with all the necessary facilities. The library is fully air-conditioned and has a rich collection of engineering and science books, thesis, reports etc. The reading room remains open both, during after working hours. It subscribes to the leading newspapers, magazines, periodicals, journals and e-journals. The training and placement cell here organises training sessions for students and helps in placements. This year the highest package offered to a student was Rs 16 lakhs per annum while the average package offered ranged between Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per annum.

Clubs and societies
JMI is famous for its sports facilities and the craze for sports is very evident at FET. The department won the inter-faculty cricket tournament and won the runner-up award for football last year. The cultural club is another favourite with the students. They show keen interest in participating in cultural events. Every year, the faculty organises three major fests in the university which are much sought after.

This faculty was established in 1985 with the departments of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. It has added the departments of electronics and communication engineering, applied science and humanities (1996) and has six other engineering departments, namely applied sciences and humanities, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communications, mechanical engineering - and a university polytechnic. These departments also conduct many projects sponsored by various agencies. The faculty also offers regular courses and continuing programmes for students

"I wish the department could refurbish and renovate our canteen, which needs serious attention. Though the food is very good and is value for money, but a good ambience will only add to the charm,” says a student who does not wish to be identified

First Published: Apr 03, 2012 12:28 IST