Our seniors were very helpful to us. They in person talked with us what to do and what not to do. It helped us in writing exams, giving interviews and making new friends in the industry. Also, you will know more once you are into it.
The course coordinator (equivalent to the HOD) is the head of a department and is a permanent staff with a postdoc from a very good foreign university. He himself published many works in chemistry, analytics etc and is extremely up to date. Almost all other Coordinators and many leading lecturers are approachable and skilled. But as I said you need to make use of them. You work hard and they will help you better.
The best remark I could make here is that the college gives you the freedom to work and push your ideas. The facilities like Cisco Thingqbator, Kerala Startup Mission and Fablab can take you to another level. The bad remark is that the institute's own premises are less and offer no hostels. But from 2020 onward the entire IIITMK is moving to the new international campus (in Technocity, 7km away from current location) having hostel facilities for all.
I was working in a start-up, which was run by my friends and myself, which offered an e-learning platform for competitive examinations. It was the first of its kind in Kerala too. Not so long after its establishment, I understood that we need data in bulk amount for better business. This leads me to search for online learning in popular websites like Udacity.
If you compare other colleges (other IIITs, IITs and IIMs) with similar courses the course fee are very low. The 2018-2020 fee was 2lacs. This is the only a course fee and food and accommodation not included. The college has all modes of payments - even they accept Google Pay I guess.
I opted for an education loan from SBI. It came around 4 lac in total including food and accommodation. The Bank needed your admission certificate, hostel/food expense receipts or so for availing the same.
Placement of the college was an issue for the past two-three years. Last year (2019) we have revamped the student's placement cell (I was part of it) and made one of the best placement seasons in 2020. This time some big short companies like Tata Elxsi, Federal Bank came and hired students. Placement season is normally during Oct/Nov.
ASCIIIT (Arts and Sports Club of IIITMK) is the arts club of IIITMK. They organize programmes like Onam celebration ('Aaravam 2019'), Diwali, Holi and cultural fest. The college allows a certain amount of money for these. To make events colourful you need to have a good team to lead the ASCIIIT. So select your class representatives accordingly.
Currently the campus in inside lush green Technopark- the first IT park in India. You can find many cafeterias and cuisines to experiment within and outside the Technopark. But last year some food infection happened to tens of employees and pupils and the authorities took strict action. You can enjoy all mega gala events in Technopark whether it may be sports, arts or technology. For example last year Richard Stallman came and gave a lecture. We also went for football tournaments, valentines' day mega night event etc.
The course curriculum is set for the needs for the 21st-century fourth industrial revolution, which makes it far better than many other universities. You can't expect professors spoon-feeding for you. Most of the times you will require to do practicals in labs as assignments or projects. Of course, there are certain theoretical subjects to make your life harder too.