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Website gives data on engineering colleges

Information is available on faculty, placements, hostel facilities, etc.

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Students seeking admissions to engineering colleges are having a tough time deciding which college to choose. To help them, BITES (Board for Information Technology Education Standards), set up by the State Government, has carried out a study of 66 colleges of the 118 colleges under the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU).

The incoming student quality is measured by Common Entrance Test (CET) rankings and outgoing student quality by university ranking.

Besides, an analysis of where each college stands, based on the number of students who have secured university ranks below 100, is planned.

The aim of BITES, according to K.R.S. Murthy, BITES chairman and former Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, is "to network with the industry and academia to improve quality of education."

The website provides information gathered from colleges and companies. Information provided in the brochures of some colleges is not accurate in many respects. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) norms for student-faculty ratio is 15:1. Many colleges name guest faculty and recent graduates in their faculty list; this is apparently not permitted by the AICTE. BITES has verified placement details provided by colleges with companies named by the colleges.

The information provided can be a guideline for colleges to compare their strengths and weaknesses with those of other institutions, Dr. Murthy said. The organisation has a resume database and is planning to interact with companies which can choose candidates according to specific skills and a standardised competency test score. This is for the benefit of students from outside Bangalore who do not have campus interviews.

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