For those who are confused between Computer Science, Electronics and Electrical at other IITs and IIT (BHU)
1. Electrical Engineering at IIT BHU gives you tremendous flexibility in pursuing your interests in Coding, Electronics and Core Electrical Engineering. The department has one of the best teachers an institute can offer right from the pioneer of the Metro Rail Technology (no, not E. Shreedharan but a prof who designed the Linear Induction Motor which is used in Metro Railways) to one of the foremost Computer Scientists in India who has decades of experience behind him in the field of Computer Science. Also, I need not to mention that our professors are Honorary Members of Internationally Acclaimed Bodies, on the interview boards of the UPSC/State Public Service Commissions and consultants to PSUs.
2. As for those who are interested in Core Electrical Engineering, we offer the best electrical labs that you can find in the country. Right from Electrical Machines to the Power Lab, there isn’t a single experiment which you cant do here. The High Voltage Laboratory, where experiments are conducted in the order of kVs, can only be found at IIT Kharagpur and IISc Bangalore (Thats what we were told way back in 2008, don’t know if the new IITs have a proposal for building one).
3. The Department simulates you to work hard enough yet gives you ample time to pursue your interests. After all, college is the time to develop your personality for the tougher life ahead.
4. Now for the placements, in which you are ultimately interested, ALMOST all software and networking giants which open for CSE at the time of placement open for EE as well and you have an equal chance of making it through if you are talented enough. The class of 2012 saw a lot of students picking up software jobs. For those who are interested in Core Electrical Engineering, we do have PSUs coming on campus besides number of private companies and the department teaches you enough of core Electrical Engineering that you can comfortably clear GATE with a very high rank and ultimately go for an off campus placement in PSUs as well. Consultancy companies also recruit from our branch. Those who harbour Research dreams can find acceptance in World’s Best Universities later on provided your GRE Scores are good!!
5. A POINT OF CAUTION: The EE course at IIT BHU is slightly different from other IITs as we have a specialized EC branch in the institute. So the number of compulsory courses in EC for EE students might be lesser than the one offered at other IITs. However, we have enough elective courses that any die hard electronics fan who finds himself in EE can pursue his/her interests without any constraints.
Okay, this was the counselling brochure ‘gyaan’ that you would get about a branch. Now allow me to come to the extra-curricular part of my branch. The Department of Electrical Engineering organizes an All India Paper Presentation Festival every year—the oldest among all the department festivals of the institute. Started in 2001, it attracts quality participation from all over the country and some other IITians have also been our guests. The fest is 3 days of pure intellectual debates, coding and simulation exercises of variety of problems combined with some informal events for the not-so-technically oriented amongst you.
On the professors, we truly have one of the best battery of professors this country can offer. More than their tremendous intellectual prowess, they are fantastic human beings who will selflessly guide you provided you have the zeal to do something big and unique. They can be very strict so never take the liberty to take them for granted. I was fortunate to work specifically with 6 very senior professors in my 4 years here. All in all, life at EE, IIT (BHU) Varanasi would be a life changing event and you will get a whole new perspective on Electrical Sciences.
So if the prospect of learning about the technologies that powers your home excites you or even if you are a part of that lot which cannot get CS but want to go in the software sector, Electrical Engineering at IIT (BHU) is a place to be. You all might be having a rough idea about our department’s alumni so won’t elaborate on that.
-Mohammad Adnan, Class of 2012, Electrical Engineering