India, Musings

IITs and their branches

Before my son entered IIT, we were doing a lot of research on the various IITs and their branches. While the choice of IITs was relatively simpler, the selection of the branch in the different IITs was a whole lot harder. Each IIT had a slightly different set of branches and we had lots and lots of homework to do to understand the whole process better.

We as parents understood the traditional Engineering branches like:

  1. Civil
  2. Mechanical
  3. Electronics and communication
  4. Electrical and Electronics
  5. Computer Science and Engineering
  6. Metallurgy
  7. Textiles
  8. Chemical

branches

But the IITs boasted of some new branches along with the traditional ones to keep up with the changing trends in technologies. These were the new branches that really made us research more:

  1. Engineering Physics
  2. Data Science engineering
  3. Mathematics and computing
  4. Agricultural and food engineering
  5. Mining engineering
  6. Manufacturing science and engineering
  7. Ocean engineering and Naval architecture
  8. Engineering science
  9. Artificial intelligence
  10. Bioengineering
  11. Biological sciences and Bioengineering
  12. Material science and engineering
  13. Polymer science and engineering
  14. Mineral engineering
  15. Petroleum engineering
  16. Ceramic engineering
  17. Pharmaceutical engineering and technology

Note, that – not all branches are available in all the IITs. For example, as of today, ‘Data science’ is offered only in IIT, Mandi and ‘Artificial Intelligence’ is available only in IIT Hyderabad.

It is also important to note that these are all 4 year B.Tech programs. There are 5 year dual degree and 4 year BS programs as well.

I am sure you are also stumped by the other branches such as “Ceramic engineering”, “Polymer engineering”, ‘Engineering Physics’, ‘Mathematics and Computing’ and many others. Yes, these branches do exist in some of the IITs!! While I haven’t researched the scope of all the branches – we did have to research two branches (‘Engineering Physics’ and ‘Mathematics and Computing’ )since they were close to my son’s line of interest(after Computer Science and other heavily fought traditional branches, which we couldn’t get our hands on)

What were they taught? And what was their scope in the future?

What is Engineering Physics?

From the IIT Bombay website, ‘Engineering Physics’ is “an amalgam of physics, mathematics and electrical engineering courses”. The core courses cover basic areas such as classical and quantum mechanics, electromagnetic theory, photonics, relativity, and thermodynamics along with introductory courses to the various fields.The courses include Mathematical physics, nuclear physics, Quantum physics, laser physics and more.

So, it is Physics, Physics all the way… 🙂

It is offered by IIT – B(Bombay), IIT-M(Madras), IIT-D(Delhi), IIT-R(Roorkee), IIT -G(Guwahati), IIT – H(Hyderabad), IIT – M(Mandi) and IIT – Dhanbad

With so much of Physics in their curriculum, what is the scope of Engineering Physics students in the future? These are a few of my findings:

  1. Students can get placed in industries such as telecom, microelectronics, lasers and micro devices etc. with amazing salaries
  2. They can also get involved in research and development activities in future
  3. They can opt for higher studies in the same line or
  4. They can also choose an entirely new line of interest

What is ‘Mathematics and computing’?

While I was mulling ‘Mathematics and Computing’ branch I found that it is very,very difficult to get into ‘Mathematics and Computing’ branch in the traditional old IITs.

The ‘Mathematics and Computing’ branch is described by IIT Guwahati website as follows:

“The curriculum for this program is designed to meet the need of sophisticated mathematics in modern scientific investigations and technological innovations. The programme has three components: mathematics, computing and financial engineering which are perfectly blended so that the strong mathematical and analytical components that are in-built in the curriculum form the basis on which the technological aspects of computing and finance are developed”.

The MnC(Mathematics and Computing) branch syllabus however is also supposedly different for each IIT. While many IITs focus on Math – some focus on Computer Science concepts too.

MnC is offered by  IIT-D, IIT-G, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT – Dhanbad, IIT – Hyderabad, IIT-BHU – Varanasi, IIT – Ropar and IIT Goa.

Scope of Mathematics and computing:

  1. These students have a bright future in computational careers which involve data science, statistics, machine learning, Artificial intelligence
  2. They can also opt for higher studies
  3. Many of these students have also been hired by companies such as Microsoft, Netapp, Zynga and more

Hope you liked the details of various branches in the IITs and the extra detail about the ‘Engineering physics’ branch and ‘Mathematics and Computing’ branch.

Stay tuned for more of my personal musings! 🙂

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