IIEST Shibpur is the oldest degree-awarding Architecture institute in the country. I was aware of the eminence of the institution with respect to the various courses it offers in engineering, science and architecture for quite a long time. Therefore, when I got a chance to get admitted into the institute, I simply did not want to lose it. The college admits students into the Department of Architecture for UG courses through JEE Main Scores (B.Arch Paper II). After all rounds of counselling are over and the student has frozen his choice, the student has to appear for physical counselling as well as admission processes. If not for the pandemic, the processes are finished by mid-July and classes start from end of July. The college has a great reputation, learned faculty, experienced jury for reviews and, above all, a campus to die for. Architecture students must experience campus life at IIEST, which is something I am going to miss the most.
The course follows a well-structured curriculum guided by the Council of Architecture's mandates. Students get to learn a variety of subjects right from their first year up to the fourth year. Each year is divided into two semesters, with different subjects or continuation of previous ones at times. The final two semesters do not have any theory classes. 9th Semester is reserved for professional training where students are to work in an architectural firm compulsorily for 6 months. The final 6 months of college life are dedicated to the Architectural Thesis Dissertation with no regular classes, just one-to-one interaction with their Thesis Supervisors, and occasional reviews. The faculty members are learned and well-experienced. All of them are well-versed in English, in case students coming from other states find it difficult to understand other languages. The teachers are enthusiastic about taking field classes, and educational tours.
Students can sit for placements after registering with the TnP (Training and Placement Cell) with the help of their departmental heads and year representatives. However, for Architecture Department, the placement opportunities are the same as Engineering students. In short, you can opt for placements in IT companies (if they are interested in hiring you), but architectural firms never come to the college for hiring students. Although campus placements are frail for Architecture students, they can easily land jobs in firms of their choice because of the great alumni network, the reputation that IIEST holds and with the help of their faculty members.
Recently, due to hike in IITs and NITs, there has been fee hike in IIEST as well, which comes under the same bandwagon as the NITs. The current course fee stands at 1.2 lakh per annum. It is likely to hike in subsequent years as well. However, the institute provides full tuition fee waiver to economically and socially backward classes of students, which is a relief to many. Apart from this, there are annual scholarships provided by the alumni association of the institute for meritorious students, such as departmental toppers, economically backward students who perform well in examinations and so on. Students can choose to fill up scholarship forms released annually in the GAABESU section of the institute. Besides, the TEQIP cell of college and the Training and Placement cell helps students avail internships with stipends. I worked for my professional training in Mumbai with an architectural firm that provided me with a monthly stipend.
The campus life is the BEST thing about IIEST Shibpur. The greenery, riverside breezes and the multiple pockets for students to hang out make 5 years at college worth it. The annual fest REBECA is held around March-April every year and lasts 4 days with music, dance, ramp-walks, celebrities and friends. The campus has a central library that can provide you enough resources - I didn't purchase a single course book all throughout college - thanks to the library! Classrooms are well ventilated and lit, though I cannot say they are ultra modern. They are equipped with projectors and the CAD, GIS labs are air conditioned of course. The Architecture department also has dedicated labs for materials, climate and so on. The college gymnasium has several equipment for those who love to work out. Besides, the institute's annual sports day and frequent sports leagues between different hostels (girls and boys) is fun. There are multiple clubs (from quiz to photography and so on) to be part of.
I stayed in the Pandya Hall of Residence, a dedicated hostel facility for girl students from 3rd year onward. 1st and 2nd year students stay at Nivedita Hall. After staying with 3 other roommates in 3rd year, I got a single personal room to myself for the last 2 years of college life. Each room is provided with basic furniture. Toilets are common to students for each floor. Each room faces a veranda. Meals in the mess are tasty and healthy. The process for registering for the hostel and mess is simple and affordable. All one needs to do is apply online followed by some document verification in the mess section offices and from the Hostel Superintendent. There is a deadline of 12 midnight for girl students. For boys, the hostels don't have deadlines. In case one wants to opt for a rented room or PG, they are available right across the institute's gates.
Students are eligible for placement from 3rd year (B.Tech) and 4th year (B.Arch). However, B.Arch students often do not opt for campus placements which are generic. They usually seek employment options themselves outside. Yet, the average placements in IIEST is impressive, the highest even reaching 40LPA for a select few. I haven't opted for campus placements. I am going to seek a job in Delhi or Mumbai (hubs for good architectural practice) followed by higher studies after the requisite experience.
Ranked in top 15 in India and best college in West Bengal. Good Faculty, Superb Atmosphere, Good senior junior relationship and a lot of extra curriculum and inspiring projects, green campus. The placement is really very good in every years. Teachers encourage to pursue higher education and internship. Rich cultural environment
Lots of Freedom. Depends on the student to use it wisely. The college does not have intime, hence people can roam around anywhere nearly any time. This increases the safely issue. Also, due to too much feeedom, students end up in substanxe abuse quite often. It is upto the student to wisely go about the utilise the freedom to build good skill sets and interact.
Our college administration is quite bad, they don't understand the needs of architecture department but our faculties are very much helpful what i know now all is because of their teaching and constant support but infrastructure is quite bad for a private college
Its situate quite a bit away from the main city of kolkata. Gender ratio of boys and girls is 2:1 in my college and even in my department. College provides us a very healthy, pure and beautiful atmosphere. Our college campus is very lucrative. The infrastructure of the college is very good, laboratories and systems present there easily can satisfy a student.
Senior students are very helpful and are always proactive in sharing notes, books, etc. They are always willing to help and provide mentorship.
I qualified IIT JEE Entrance exam and got Admissions to the B.arch programmes at the IIT Kharagpur through an Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) I opt for this particular college because of some positive aspects like Passionate atmosphere. Be it drama, start-ups, music. You get into a society, you become passionate about it. That's the way it works for life.
The placements at IIT are pretty different from the thousands of engineering colleges in the country. You need to maintain a good CGPA (academic score roughly around 7 on 10), to get short listed by the great MNCs that visit the college every year. Microsoft, Google, Facebook, YES Bank, Nomura, Facebook and hundred more companies recruit students from the IIT Kharagpur campus. There are no mass placements, hence the salary students are offered is roughly around 7-9 lakhs per annum. International offers reach upto 50-75 lakhs per annum depending upon the company and your performance.And yes, needless to mention, 100% placements.
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