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KL University vs GITAM vs Amrita vs SASTRA

Our university comparison ship changes course for this one, as we pit four private universities in South India against each other in a battle of attrition.

KL University, GITAM, Amrita and SASTRA

KL University, GITAM, Amrita and SASTRA represent some of the best private colleges in South India

Leaving dramatics aside, we’ll be comparing KL University, GITAM, Amrita and SASTRA through a cogent and measured analysis which takes into consideration every key factor a student does and should consider before taking the final plunge.

A Tale of Aspiration and Obsession: Engineering and South India

If there was any part of India which embodied the term ‘scientific temper’, it would have to be South India. Some of the greatest scientists our country has produced, from Nobel Laureate CV Raman to the missile man of India in APJ Abdul Kalam and Bharat Ratna awardee CRN Rao, each of these great luminaries came from the Southern belt of India.

This is not to suggest that other parts of India lack in any fundamental manner as far as scientific prowess is concerned, but rather a way of highlighting the contribution of South India to country’s repute in the international science community.

Over the past few years though, this ‘scientific temper’ has slowly churned into a counterproductive obsession amongst a great portion of the Southern populace. This vitriolic craze amongst a sizable number of aspirants for engineering and related courses has caused the elevation of coaching centres to quasi-school status.

Consider the following table for insight:

Over the past few years though, this ‘scientific temper’ has slowly churned into a counterproductive obsession amongst a great portion of the Southern populace. This vitriolic craze amongst a sizable number of aspirants for engineering and related courses has caused the elevation of coaching centres to quasi-school status.

Consider the following table for insight:

Over the past few years though, this ‘scientific temper’ has slowly churned into a counterproductive obsession amongst a great portion of the Southern populace. This vitriolic craze amongst a sizable number of aspirants for engineering and related courses has caused the elevation of coaching centres to quasi-school status.

Consider the following table for insight: 

State

Number of students selected for IITs, NITs and IIITs

Andhra Pradesh (Telangana + Seemandhra)

6744

Karnataka

670

Kerala

908

Tamil Nadu

792

Going by pure numbers, a statistician on first reading would conclude either Andhra Pradesh has a population 5-6 times more than other state in the country, or students in AP have no other choice but to choose engineering.

While the first conclusion would be incorrect, the second one is subjectively true. Students in AP do have the choice of choosing commerce and humanities as their field of study, but the option is often ignored because of varying factors; primary ones being either peer or parental pressure.

No matter how you view the above data, such an inversion is proof of the presence of a corrosive obsession in AP. To know more, check this link out.

The Factors

The comparison between KL University, GITAM, SASTRA and Amrita University will be done based upon the following factors. While some of them are highly popular amongst most aspirants, a few others aren’t discussed at the level they need to be. With this article, we will look to keep these factors on a level playing field and offer each university a fair chance to outdo the other.

The factors are listed below:

  1. Placements

If digging a tunnel is the equivalent of doing engineering at a college or university, placements can be seen as the light at the end of the tunnel.

Any good college or university in India is expected to deliver for students through campus placements. While some institutions are able to entice companies simply by their brand such as IITs and IIMs, others work hard to develop strong industry relations and alumni networks to consolidate placements at their respective campus.

Similarly, the feedback from the industry also plays a vital role. Company feedback during placements is mostly dependent on the quality of students at the campus. Thus, students also need to be at the top of their game for a college to consistently deliver on the placements front.

  1. Student perception of a given college/university

Perception is a unique factor in its own right, as it is primarily quantified by the performance of the college in every other field.

If a college has good placements, it will have a good perception. If a college has good infrastructure and academics, it will again contribute to improvement in perception. Every factor, big or small, eventually ends up affecting the perception of a college.

Maintaining a good perception is a tumultuous task in its own right. Most private colleges and universities use state-of-the-art infrastructure and high placements to sway perception.

  1. Infrastructure

Infrastructure is one of the most misunderstood factors. Most students make the mistake of joining college simply by judging the aesthetic beauty of institutions. This is a trap most private universities in India set to lure students in.

In reality, exterior beauty of college campuses should have little to no impact on the overall infrastructural capability of a college. In its true essence, a college’s infrastructural capabilities are a measure of the level to which they can take a student if he/she wishes to take the next step.

For e.g. artificial intelligence is assumed by many to be the next big ‘thing’ in modern technology. Many even go so far as to consider it the future of engineering. To tap into this trend, assume a university ‘ABC’ introduces a semester long course in AI. However, it fails to open a lab to give students a chance to find and build upon existing concepts in AI. This is what we call a ‘gap in infrastructure’. Simply introducing an AI course is futile unless the university backs up its ambition by improving infrastructural capabilities.

  1. Student-to-faculty ratio (StF)

Student-to-faculty ratio is quite easily the most underrated factor which stays under the radar during college comparisons. While most students tend to single-mindedly find placements statistics of every college they can get into, StF tends to sink beneath the surface.

The importance of StF is only visible when students actually enter the college. Colleges and universities with high student intake end up compromising on many resources to increase profits. One of these resources is unfortunately faculties, who in most cases are not enough to manage such a voluminous quantity of students

  1. Affordability

In India, students looking for admission to colleges and universities generally belong to working-class families. In such a scenario, the affordability of a college degree becomes increasingly important for students who cannot afford the exorbitant fees charged at most government colleges and universities.

KL University, Guntur

One of the oldest private universities in Andhra Pradesh, KL University is counted amongst the top educational institutions in the state and South India in general. Instituted in 1980, KL University was established by the Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation Society and recognized as such by the UGC in 2009.

KL University, Guntur

KL University Guntur is counted as a top private university in Andhra Pradesh

KL University has all the necessary accreditations for an institute in India to function. Accredited and approved by the AICTE and UGC respectively, KL University is further graded ‘A’ by NAAC. The 100 acre campus is also located near Vijayawada, which is a major factor to be taken into account.

B.Tech is the most popular course at the university, and admissions to the program are offered through performance national level exams such as in JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. Other state exams such as EAMCET are also considered. The university also conducts its very own entrance exam, the KL University Engineering Entrance Exam (KLUEEE) for B.Tech admissions.

KL University Academics

KL University offers a number of courses across varying disciplines through constituent colleges under its wing. These colleges are listed below:

  • KL College of Engineering
  • KL College of Science and Humanities
  • KL School of Architecture
  • KL Business School
  • KL College of Fine Arts
  • KL College of Pharmacy
  • KL College of Commerce
  • KL College of Law
  • Department of Computer Applications
  • KL Academic Staff College

KL University Course Details

KL University course details are given below, covering the length of each course and its respective annual tuition fee.

Course

Duration

Fee per annum (INR)

Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)

4

1,98,750/-

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)

5

2,03,000/-

Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA)

3

95,000/-

Bachelor of Business Administration +

Master of Business Administration (BBA

+ MBA)

5

1,49,000/-

Bachelor of Business Administration +

Bachelor of Law (BBA+LLB)

5

1,03,000/-

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)

3

65,000/-

Master of Technology (M.Tech)

2

1,17,500 /-

Bachelor Of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) 

4

1,33,750/-

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

2

2,32,500/-

Master of Science (M.Sc)

2

57,500/-

Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm)

2

3,42,250/-

KL University Placements

KL University placements are generally considered to be decent in comparison to other lower tier private universities. The table below gives a brief highlight of its campus placement program

Statistic

Data

Number of students placed

1919

Number of students going for higher studies

94

Number of students eligible for placements

2005

Percentage of students placed

95.71%

Average CTC

INR 3.25 LPA

GITAM University, Vishakhapatnam

GITAM University is one of the most popular educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh and South India in general. Its location in Vizag makes it a reasonable choice amongst engineering aspirants in South India.

GITAM University

GITAM is amongst the most popular universities in South India

The Vizag campus of GITAM University was established in 1980, at a time when the Indian higher education sector needed a major push towards technical studies to bring the silicon revolution to India.

GITAM is approved by UGC and graded ‘A’ by NAAC. Besides the main campus in Vizag, GITAM also has campuses in Hyderabad and Bangalore. However, the new campuses still lack the appeal of the main GITAM Vizag campus.

In 2007, GITAM was conferred with ‘university’ status, thereby becoming the first private institution in Andhra Pradesh to be accorded this honour.

GITAM Academics

GITAM offers over 109 programs across various disciplines at its Vizag campus. These programs are offered through constituent institutes operational under the purview of GITAM. These constituent schools are listed below.

  • GITAM Institute of Technology
  • GITAM Institute of Science
  • GITAM Institute of Management
  • GITAM School of International Business
  • GITAM Institute of Pharmacy
  • GITAM School of Architecture
  • School of law
  • GITAM Institute of Medical Science and research
  • GITAM School of Nursing
  • Centre for Distance Learning
  • GITAM School of Gandhian Studies

GITAM Course Details

With over 109 programs offered at university, the details of some of the more popular GITAM courses are listed below:

Course

Duration

Fee per annum (INR)

Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)

4

2,25,000/-

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)

5

2,25,000/-

Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA)

3

41,700/-

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

5

11,00,000/-

Bachelor of Business Administration +

Bachelor of Law (BBA+ LLB)

5

1,55,000/-

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)

3

84,667/-

Master of Technology (M.Tech)

2

1,77,000 /-

Bachelor Of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) 

4

1,66,000/-

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

2

3,75,000/-

Master of Science (M.Sc)

2

82,800/-

Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm)

2

3,66,000/-

GITAM Placements

GITAM has built a stellar reputation amongst aspirants on the back of impressive placement performances.

Statistic

Data

Number of students placed

1944

Number of students going for higher studies

182

Number of students eligible for placements

1944

Percentage of students placed

100%

Average CTC

INR 5.2 LPA

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a relatively new educational institution compared to the other universities on the list. Established in 2003, Amrita was instituted at the time to meet the rising demand for technically educated engineers to usher the IT revolution in India.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Amrita is one of the most renowned private universities in Tamil Nadu, located in Coimbatore

Amrita is a ‘deemed-to-be’ university accredited by AICTE and approved by UGC. It is also graded ‘A’ by NAAC legitimizing its status as a reliable option for higher education amongst students.

Engineering is the most popular course at Amrita and admissions to its B.Tech programs are offered on the basis of performance in Amrita Engineering Entrance Exam (AEEE).

Amrita Academics

Courses at Amrita are offered through the following constituent schools operational under the purview of the University. These schools are:

  • Amrita School of Engineering
  • Amrita School of Business
  • Amrita School of Arts and Sciences
  • Amrita Healthcare Campus
  • Amrita School of Communication

Amrita Course Details

Amrita University course details, namely the duration and fee of the specific course, offered at Amrita University are given below: 

Course

Duration

Fee per annum (INR)

Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)

4

3,00,000/-

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3

80,833/-

Bachelor of Science + Master of Science (BSc + MSc)

5

79,100/-

Master of Technology (M.Tech)

2

1,78,250 /-

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

2

4,95,000/-

Master of Science (M.Sc)

2

82,800/-

Master of Arts (MA)

2

1,08,250/-

BA + MA

5

78,900/-

Amrita Placements

Going by statistics below, Amrita University placements are quite decent relative to some other lower tier colleges. The table below gives a brief summary of the placement stats:

Statistic

Data

Number of students placed

1390

Number of students going for higher studies

432

Number of students eligible for placements

1937

Percentage of students placed

71.76%

Average CTC

INR 5.8 LPA

SASTRA University, Thanjavur

SASTRA University is another old name amongst educational institutions located in South India. Established in 1984 as Shanmugha College of Engineering and affiliated at the time to Bharathidasan University, it became the first institute in Tamil Nadu to gain ‘deemed university’ status in 2001.

Spread across 46 acres in Thanjavur, a city which played a central part in Tamil history, SASTRA has kept pace with many other colleges and universities which were established at the same time such as VIT Vellore (1984) and SRM (1985).

SASTRA University

SASTRA is one of the oldest and most respected educational institutions in India

SASTRA is approved by UGC and graded ‘A’ by NAAC. Over 13,000 students are currently admitted at SASTRA which again shows the trust students have reposed in the institutions.

SASTRA Academics

Like most modern colleges and universities, SASTRA has different departments for dispersing the different courses it offers. These departments are called ‘schools’ and are listed below:

  • School of Chemical & Biotechnology
  • School of Civil Engineering
  • School of Computing
  • School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • School of Humanities & Sciences
  • School of Management
  • School of Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Law

SASTRA Course Details

SASTRA Course details are listed below, namely the duration and fee of each course offered.

Course

Duration

Fee per annum (INR)

Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)

4

1,15,000/-

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)

3

33,000/-

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3

21,583/-

Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA)

3

21,583/-

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

3

21,583/-

Bachelor of Arts + Bachelor of Law (BA+LLB)

5

1,14,714/-

Master of Technology (M.Tech)

2

1,49,000 /-

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

2

1,09,000/-

Master of Computer Applications (MCA)

3

86,333/-

SASTRA Placements

SASTRA University placements data has been briefly surmised in the table below:

Statistic

Data

Number of students placed

1469

Number of students going for higher studies

117

Number of students eligible for placements

1643

Percentage of students placed

89.4%

Average CTC

INR 3.5 LPA

The Comparison

After finally discussing each college and university we set out to compare, it’s time to rate the college based on the aforementioned factors:

Factors

KL University

GITAM

Amrita

SASTRA University

Placements (out of 10)

8.8

9.2

9.0

8.9

Perception (out of 10)

8.5

8.7

8.7

8.8

Infrastructure (out of 10)

8.6

8.8

8.9

8.9

Student-to-faculty ratio (out of 10)

9.0

8.7

8.8

8.9

Affordability (out of 10)

8.7

8.4

8.1

9.0

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Student Discussion

  • Jayashree C 2016-08-18 03:13:51

    I was in Delhi IIT JEE north west centre. Teachers were good there but I was the one who was not interested in studies but one has to make a good impact on others if he is paying one lakh per year so I gave the JEE mains in 2011 and passed but not with a good marks so I gave the advanced paper. I could not clear that.But due to friends and family recommendations I came to Bangalore and joined this college.

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