The growing numbers of research labs of global technology companies in India has dramatically changed the profile of programmes being pursued at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Prof Abhay Karandikar, director at IIT Kanpur, says half of the students in the IITs today are pursuing MTech and PhD programmes. About 20-30 years ago, 80-90% used to do BTech. “If I look at my area of computer science and electrical engineering, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, Microsoft, Google, they all hire PhDs. In mechanical engineering, there’s GE. India today has R&D centres of every multinational. Apple, Cisco, Huawei, they all hire PhDs,” says Karandikar, who moved to lead IIT Kanpur a little over a year ago after 22 years with IIT Bombay. “Earlier, most of these organisations would outsource software development, but now they do core research here,” he says. And the pay is very good. Masters too is regarded as a value add over the undergrad programme. So … [Read more...] about MTechs, PhDs in IITs surge as industry demand grows
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