The first batch of students of Indian Institute of Information Technology, Pune (IIITP), are in the final year this academic session. The educational institute was established by the ministry of human resources development, government of India and a few industry partners as a Not-for-profit Public Private Partnership (N-PPP) institution.
The students of the college, despite functioning out of a rented space since 2016, have managed 100% internship with Rs30,000 being the highest amount offered and an average stipend of Rs16,000 for all its students. This year, the highest offer for internship stands at Rs50,000, per month, for a student. The highest accepted package as yet is Rs22 lakh.
IITP director Anupam Shukla said, “At the moment, we have about 450 students across all four years combined. While admissions in the first year (2016) was very less at 60, the admissions in 2019-20 is 200 against an intake of 225.
The college has started making its mark in the industry circles too. 17 students bagged internships with companies such as Bosch and TCS, among others, while 31 students chose an academic internship.
The flexible curricula pattern, where the student can choose his or her specialization in the fourth year, credit system as well as period of internships provide students enough space to feel and understand what their likes and dislikes are and choose their career path, say officials.
This is our first year of campus placements and until now, the highest salary package offered is Rs22 lakh to four students, while companies offering even higher packages are in the pipeline or are yet to conduct the final round,” said Shukla.
S N Sapali, registrar of the institute, said that from this year, the college has started taking in students for MTech and PhD courses. We have about five candidates for PhD and 15 for MTech, which is offered in both Computer Science and Electronics & Communication Engineering.
However, the institute, which has about 15 faculty members, is struggling to get qualified teachers. “Our selection process is very tough. A PhD is compulsory and that too from a reputed institute like IIT, and we also want teachers to have expertise in fields like data analysis, machine learning, robotics, among others. Plus, they should be able to teach and contribute to research, which we aim to take up,” said Sapali.
Elaborating further, Shukla said, “We want to research niche topics and create an expertise in those subjects so that we can contribute to socially productive research in the area as well as get consultancy work for the sustenance of the college. Hence, we have identified some areas such as the use of data analysis and machine learning in the medical expert system and disease diagnosis or multi-robot systems or mobile robot controlled UAV systems, where faculty and students will together be involved in research.”