For a lucrative career, our youth needs to find the purpose and objective of building career. It is constituted with four parts – What they love doing, What their talents are, What the world needs and What they are paid for. Similarly, in India, all basic UG degrees are converging towards Engineering Degrees (BE/ B Tech). Putting these two points together, a class XII student should select his/ her Engineering College carefully where his total Personality Development will take place effectively. For Army fraternity, undoubtedly, one name arises and that is Army Institute of Technology, Pune. This is the super ranked engineering institute exclusively for Army & Ex-Army wards, which recently celebrated its 29th Foundation Day.
The college was set up when Gen B.C. Joshi, PVSM AVSM, ADC (1935–1994), the then Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, saw the need for an engineering college for the children of all ranks of the Indian Army. His view was that children of army personnel were disadvantaged as far as education was concerned due to the direct consequence of soldiers serving under difficult conditions in remote areas, and their frequent transfers across the country. AIT functions under the aegis of the Army Welfare Education Society (AWES) which has the Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army (COAS), as the President of its Board of Governors.
Admission to this Institute at UG level is purely based on merit of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). It is a non-aided and non-profit making college AIT offers four year B.E. course. Admissions for these courses in the following Disciplines: –
> Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering – 120 seats
> Computer Engineering – 120 seats
> Mechanical Engineering – 60 seats
> Information Technology – 60 seats
AIT is ranked amongst the Best Engineering Colleges of West Zone. AIT was awarded the “Best Professional College (urban)” in SPPU in 2017.The Institute has the unique distinction of having accreditation by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) and National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for all its UG programs. AIT was ranked at 172 nationally by National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2022, amongst all Engineering colleges, including the IITs, IIITs and NITs. AIT results have been consistently above 95%; with a fair number of University Rank Holders.
AIT has been consistently achieving over 95% placements of its students with average salary of Rs 14.70 lakh and median salary of Rs 12.00 lakh through Campus Placement. AIT’s Campus Placements are amongst the best in West Zone. Around 80+ leading companies in all domains like IT Product, ITeS, Consulting, Fin-Tech and manufacturing visit AIT for recruitment.
AIT’s real strength lies in their students. They come from backgrounds where qualities of discipline, honesty, integrity, etiquette, interactive and inter personal skills are ingrained since childhood. They are high potential leaders and ‘Smart Technocrats’. AIT’s strength is the robust students’ clubs in 3 areas – Technical, Sports/ Outdoors and Cultural/ Performing Arts. There are numerous activities planned at Intra & Inter branch level every year. As mentioned in the beginning, they can see the future in a much better way and shape up the initial stages of career through ‘Window of AIT’.
AIT alumni have established an enviable reputation in India Inc and abroad. It is very heartening to see more than 100 AIT alumni becoming successful entrepreneurs and running their organizations across the globe. AIT established E-Cell to nurture entrepreneurship amongst students to build next gen entrepreneurs. With extensive support, guidance from Alumni Entrepreneurs, the institute boasts of eight start-ups initiated in different technology domains – Robotics, AI, Deep learning, Energy, EV, etc. Presently, these startups are in different phases of incubation. AIT also has modern lab set up in the domain of Electrical Vehicles, AIT aims to set up some important Centre of Excellence in the areas of AI, Robotics and IoT.
AIT has number of green initiatives including rooftop solar installations, meeting the power needs of the entire campus in daylight hours, solar streetlights, substantial areas under tree plantations, a sewage treatment plant and is striving towards “Zero Waste Campus”.
“Knowledge is everything of something and something of everything”. The same expectation is from every engineering graduate, to build ‘T’ in his career where vertical line represents deep skills in one area and horizontal line indicates enough understanding of all domains/ paths.
Good students build great institutes and great institutes build great generations. AIT follows this path of Onward to Glory!!
Brig Abhay A Bhat (Retd)
Army Institute of Technology