by Dr.A.S.Deshpande, Principal KLS Gogte institue of Technlogy
I see many students are keen on seeking admission to the institutes from metros and bigger cities. On account of merit constraints, parental pressures or sometimes on account of the financial constraints. And then reluctantly they end up with the institutes nearer to their places of stay in smaller cities.
I strongly opine that, there is absolutely no reason for such students to get nervous. If you study in good institutes with good brand, accreditation and academic autonomy from smaller cities then there is no looking back. I see following points in this favour –
1. The teaching-learning is always better and with more seriousness on account of lesser distractions.
2. It’s the performance of the student with problem solving ability, research quotient, publications, patents, attitude, team playing ability, academic as well as competitive performance gets him opportunities for higher studies and career. These could be planned in any good institutes and not necessarily from bigger cities.
It’s seen in last few years that 40 to 60 % students opt for higher education in good institutes within India as well as abroad and may be immediately after the graduation or 2 years post their work experience in a reasonably good organisation. In such cases more you need is the ingredients as mentioned above in addition a degree from a good institute be it from a smaller place or bigger city.
Yes, you might find little better placement opportunities and exposure in metros but if you have an inclination to go for higher studies, UPSC or Public sector jobs as well as reasonably good initial break in private sector your choice of tier 2 city is absolutely fine.
A survey indicates that 65% of innovators and technology leaders come from the institutes from tier 2 cities.
Please note that most of the MNCs have realized that great talent does exist in good institutes of smaller places too and trend is changing.
Yes, but you need to ensure industry oriented ambiance with holistic growth opportunities in the institute.
The institutes you select be preferred by good and meritorious students with qualified and committed teachers as well as leadership, facilities to go for professional certifications, English proficiency, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, good alumni base and their support.
Finally, please note that even if you are away from Metros still you career could be better.