Will Kota get its own IIT?

Kota in Rajasthan has been the states’ busiest industrial hub and famous across the country for its numerous coaching institutes and the large number of IIT/Medical aspirants that descend here every year. Kota’s coaching classes have been famous for decades now and the region is well-known for producing a large number of toppers and pass-outs in the entrance examinations. Now, the Rajasthan government wants Kota — the Education City of India, to be chosen for setting up the next branch of Indian Institute of Technology or IIT.

However, the Human Resource Development ministry isn’t in favour of the state government’s proposal. The HRD ministry’s viewpoint isn’t misplaced. The presence of the large number of IIT aspirants and money-minting coaching institutes could lead to the creation of a coaching lobby.

India’s Top Colleges: 2008 Survey

A survey report was published today that revealed India’s best performing colleges for year 2008. Marketwatch a well known research agency published a detailed report about the annual survey reportedly conducted by AC Nielsen-ORG-MARG. India Today was said to have commissioned the research agency for conducting the survey.

The survey was done for 1400 colleges and in 12 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune. The report also said that about 800 experts were contacted and inputs taken.

The best colleges for 2008 in the categories of Arts, Commerce, Science, Law, Medicine and Engineering are:

Arts: Loyola College, Chennai

Commerce: Delhi’s Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC)

Science: Loyola College


Medicine: AIIMS

Engineering: IIT Kanpur