The Institute of Engineering and Management (IEM) in Salt Lake, Calcutta, has scaled great heights since its inception in 1989. It is among the top 11 engineering colleges in West Bengal for the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme of the World Bank. Its management school has been categorised A class by the All India Management Association (supported by the Government of India), New Delhi.
“Our aim has been to simulate the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) kind of discipline. The faculty boasts of a host of IITians who have brought the very best of technology and management education,” says director Satyajit Chakrabarti.
“We are the first private engineering college in West Bengal. When we started two decades back, private institutes were yet to earn credibility. Parents had many reservations about admitting their children to private institutes,” continues Chakrabarti. “But the perception started changing when the word spread about our excellent placement records.”
IEM boasts of three sprawling campuses in Sector V where global IT companies and educational institutes jostle for space. The main campus — this primarily houses the engineering departments — is located in EP block of the Salt Lake Electronic Complex. The other two buildings — the Management House (where the MBA programmes are conducted) and Ashram (where BBA, BCA and other courses are taught) — are a stone’s throw away.
Usually, students from the top 10 per cent of the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) list are allowed admission to the BTech courses, which are recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). For MBA, one needs to take the Common Admission Test (CAT).
“We take our students to tech labs of global IT majors like Tata Consultancy Services. We also invite industry experts to interact with our students. This enables students to connect theory to practice,” says Devika Bhattacharjee, head of the computer science and engineering department.
The institute also boasts of state-of-the-art labs. “We have Wi-Fi, Windows and Linux labs. An embedded systems lab, with grants from the AICTE, is on the cards. This will be the first of its kind in engineering colleges in the state,” says Bhattacharjee. Another fascinating project is a programme on robotics, which is being implemented with the National University of Singapore.
According to students, IEM scores over other institutes because of its efficient campus placement cell. “The placement officers are extremely hard-working and do their best to help students get jobs,” says Poulomi Auddy, a 2008 MBA graduate who’s now working as a finance executive with ESPN.
Over the past few years, IEM has maintained a 100 per cent placement record, drawing recruiters such as TCS, Infosys and Wipro. “We have not been affected by the downturn. We achieved 100 per cent placement this year as well,” says Gopa Goswami, dean of student activities who’s in charge of corporate relations. “Lately, I have been receiving many calls from smaller IT firms in Hyderabad and Bangalore who are keen on hiring our students.”
Auddy, however, feels that a more hands-on approach is needed. “After joining ESPN, I came in contact with many IIM graduates. I realised that they had a wider exposure to industry because of more fieldwork,” she says. “The IEM management should think about it.”
But Indranil Mukherjee, who looks after the entrepreneurship programme at IEM, says that they make every attempt to provide both students and faculty with maximum industry exposure. “We also have a self-sponsored incubation programme whereby we help them with entrepreneurial ventures,” he points out.
Auddy makes another point. She says that although the management faculty is good, “there needs to be more fresh blood”. Agrees Udipta Haldar, a 2002 BTech graduate who’s currently working as a senior marketing executive with Honeywell, a US-based firm. “I felt we could have related better with younger staff members,” she says.
WHAT IS IT? A private engineering and
WHO’S THE BOSS? Satyajit Chakrabarti is the director
where is it? Y-12, Block EP, Sector-V, Salt Lake Electronics Complex,
pros Impeccable placement record,
state-of-the-art laboratories, strict
cons Lack of hands-on approach in the
B-school, few young faculty members