There are many factors that make Tamil Nadu one of the top choices for higher education in India. Not only is it one of the most literate states in the nation, it also harbors within its territory, about 552 engineering colleges, 37 universities, 566 arts and science colleges, and 449 polytechnic colleges.
Some of the top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu are not only top ranking in the state, but also within the nation. These top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu attract millions of admissions from all over the nation, every year.
Here is a list of the top ranking engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu, as per the MHRD:
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
IIT M has 16 academic departments and research centers for engineering and pure sciences and about a 100 laboratories to provide quality based education to its undergraduate and postgraduate students.
As per the QS World University Ranking 2016, IIT- M stands 249th in the world and 43rd in Asia.
National Institute of Technology, Trichy
Recognized as an institute of national importance, NIT Trichy was ranked as the 11th best engineering institution in the nation and as one of the top three universities in Tamil Nadu by the National Institutional Ranking Framework, recently.
Admissions for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses of engineering are awarded through the national level examinations, JEE and GATE, respectively.
Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore
VIT is a private institution in Tamil Nadu, offering 34 postgraduate, 20 undergraduate, 4 integrated MS, and 4 research programs to its students. This top engineering college in Tamil Nadu has been ranked as the 13th best engineering institution in India, by the MHRD, in the 2016 and 2017 rankings.
VIT offers admissions to students through its own online entrance exam known as, VITEE.
P.S.G. College of Technology, Coimbatore
An autonomous private engineering college, aided by government, P.S.G. College offers about 48 undergraduate and postgraduate programs, both full time and part time, in engineering, science, and management. It is affiliated to Anna University and has an AICTE accreditation.
Anna University, Chennai
Anna University is a technical university in Chennai that was transformed into an affiliating university in 2001. It has 6 government engineering colleges,3 government aided institutions, and 426 private engineering colleges under its wings.
Anna University has been ranked 6th in the MHRD rankings, 2017.
SRM Institute of Science & Technology, Chennai
A deemed institution, the SRM University has been accredited by the Union Grants Commission and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. SRM University has 7 campuses across India. The College of Engineering and Technology is located in its main campus at Kattankulathur.
Some of the engineering courses at SRM University are also accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.
SASTRA University, Thanjavur
This is a private university in Tamil Nadu, with a main focus on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field of engineering. SASTRA University is the first institution in Tamil Nadu that received the status of a deemed university.
It also holds a record for the largest recruitment by any company, from 2011, when about 1755 students from SASTRA were all recruited by Tata Consultancy Services, a software company.
Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai
It is a government aided autonomous institution, affiliated to Anna University. All the courses provided at the TCE have been approved by the All India Council for Technical Education. The institution offers 8 undergraduate, 16 postgraduate, and research programs (MS and PhD) in engineering and science streams.
Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore
Another government aided autonomous engineering college; CIT is also affiliated to the Anna University, Chennai. The institution has accreditation from NAAC and AICTE. It offers around 9 undergraduate and 12 postgraduate courses along with MS and PhD programs.