Computer Science Engineering: Top Colleges
Computer Science is the study of computing and information systems, and their role in the processing, management and communication of information using digital technologies. Computer systems have impacted every sphere of business and life, enhanced multifold by the advent and spread of the Internet. Newer technologies are being developed every day for newer applications, and no sign of a slowdown has been observed so far. Advances in technology only mean that more trained computing experts are required. The trend has resulted in universities across the world investing tremendously in computing education and research in a bid to attract the best talent. New and innovative areas of study like device drivers, wireless networking, e-commerce, cryptographic algorithms and microprocessors are aligned along real industrial requirements. VLSI or the Very Large Scale Integration is a relatively new entrant in innovative study programmes and is an inter-disciplinary field involving the design of microprocessors.
The study of Computer Science Engineering actually can be divided into three broad areas: computing, information technology and computer science. Computing focuses on core systems skills including databases, an understanding of organizations, system analysis and application development. Study of information technology will provide skills in computer hardware engineering, data communications, computer networks and software engineering. IT studies focus on developing critical understanding and skills in the areas of business, quantitative methods and information technology. Computer science based more on mathematics and theory, focuses on the architecture of hardware and software systems, and the whole process of computer system design and implementation.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee
IIT Roorkee is one of the oldest technical institutes in India. The Institute ranks amongst the best technological institutions in the world and has contributed to all sectors of technological development, especially the cause of education in the research and development of engineering sciences. The institute is the biggest in the country in terms of academic departments (18 departments). The Department of Electronics and Computer Science Engineering was established in 1987. The Department offers two undergraduate and two post graduate courses in Computer Technology. Post Graduate courses in Computer Science Engineering include the following disciplines: Control and Guidance, Computer Science and Engineering, Communication Systems, Information Technology, RF and Microwave Engineering, Semi Conductor Devices and VLSI Technology. Admissions for post graduate programs are made on the basis of GATE scores.
The University of Melbourne
Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne has made distinctive contributions in research, teaching and knowledge transfer. The University was also one of only three Australian universities to win 10 citations under the Carrick Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering offers an exciting undergraduate teaching programme and an excellent research record. It offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate computing courses in Engineering and Science, and masters and doctoral research programmes. Master’s programmes are offered in Software Engineering, Information Technology, and Distributed Computing. An engineering undergraduate degree in a related discipline, an undergraduate degree and graduate diploma in a related discipline, or an undergraduate degree and graduate diploma in a related discipline with at least a year of documented relevant professional work experience form the basic eligibility requirements. A valid TOEFL/IELTS score will fulfil the English language requirement.
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Computer and computing education began at Georgia Tech more than a generation ago in1964 with the establishment of the Information Science department and a Master's degree programme in Information Science - the first graduate degree of its kind in the USA. The College of Computing has three divisions: the School of Computer Science , the School of Interactive Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. Master’s programmes are offered in fields like Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Information Security, Computational Science and Engineering, Robotics, and Bio Informatics among others. Scholarships are available for deserving students and for research scholars. The basic entry requirement for admission to the Master’s programme is a four-year Bachelor’s degree in the relevant engineering discipline from an internationally recognised university and English language requirements like TOEFL and IELTS.
Manchester University, UK
A postgraduate degree from the University of Manchester guarantees better career prospects. About 8,000 postgraduate students benefit from the University’s strong links with industry and business. Postgraduate studies are becoming more popular at the University. 25% of all final year students now consider staying on at university because of the benefits a postgraduate qualification brings (UK Graduates Career Survey). The School of Computer Science has a strong track record of interaction with industry and external organisations across the UK and internationally. According to the Times Good University Guide and the Education Guardian's University Guide, the School is ranked among the top 10 UK universities for Computer Science and IT. The school offers Master’s programmes in Advanced Computer Science, Advanced Computer Science and IT Management, Software Engineering, Information Systems Engineering, Bio Health Informatics and Mathematics and Computational Science among others. The basic requirement of eligibility is a first or upper second class honors degree, or the overseas equivalent in computer science, or a joint degree with at least 50% computer science content. Applicants with a minimum of five years of relevant industrial computer science experience and a good honors degree, or its overseas equivalent, are also considered for admission.
University of Alberta, Canada
Founded over a century ago, the University of Alberta is among the top 100 teaching and research universities in the world serving more than 36,000 students with 11,000 faculty and staff. It offers close to 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional programmes across 18 faculties. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department equips undergraduates and graduate students with current technologies, resources and facilities to achieve their goals within the newly created Research Facility and Engineering Teaching Laboratory Complex. The courses offered as part of the Master’s programmes include Biomedical Engineering, Communications, Micro Electronics Devices, Photonics and Plasma, Power Engineering and Power Electronics. The Department's minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an average of 3.0 in the last two years of full-time study (or equivalent) at the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution. Since the medium of instruction is English, a valid score in IELTS/TOEFL is mandatory.
Over the past decade and half, India has witnessed a massive growth in Information Technology with giants like Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant and Satyam among others establishing themselves not only in the country by also across the world. These companies recruit thousands of freshers each year at graduate and post graduate levels. The trend of technology outsourcing has also led to the creation of a whole new economy based on intellect and skillsets. There is more preference for jobs in product creation in the context of new technologies, than in creating solutions based on existing technologies. Pay packages are still one of the highest across industry, and starting salaries are pegged at Rs 4 Lac or more per year in India. Compensation packages for information technologists overseas are much higher, especially for those who have experience in new technologies and product innovation.