During 1950s when the country began setting up its infrastructure, over 500 colleges affiliated to nearly 20 universities. The country had only one-lakh students who were continuing their studies after school. We are now living in a different era, where a certificate has become an inevitable asset to sustain ourselves in this competitive world. Between 1950 and 2014, the number of universities in the country had increased to 677 with around 37,000 colleges. At present, the country has more than 2.6 crore students pursuing higher education. However, according to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, India, the unemployment rate of the country currently stands at 5.20 which roughly translate to 44.79 million unemployed people who are actively looking for jobs. Thus, it is evident that in the process of mass admission of students, many institutes are not keen on producing individuals who are employable according to the industry standards.
While, the government manages only 27 percent of existing colleges, the majority of our higher education institutions are in the private sector and engineering colleges have a considerable contribution to this. We at Higher Education Review understand that the abundance of engineering institutes in the country is creating a complicated picture for students, as it is a difficult task for them to choose the right campus. With many experts on the panel, we have a better understanding of best engineering institutes in the country that are providing out of the box facilities to the students, even though it is a tough job to understand the key strength of engineering institutes when they are performing well in the major areas. By measuring parameters like Infrastructure, Faculty, Industry Interaction, Innovative Programs, Research and Placements, our team of experts consisting of top HR managers and Educationalists has brought best engineering colleges in the year 2014. They have also categorized each entry by understanding the institute\'s key strength.
We sincerely hope that our efforts will help the large community of students who are confused about choosing the right engineering college in the country. In the next few pages, we will bring you the some of the top engineering colleges across the country selected by our expert panels as the \'Engineering College of the Year 2014.\'