The department of Electrical Engineering is strategically at the worst location in IITR. Strategically, because:
a) It is far from everything of vital importance: Alpahar, Nesci, Student’s Club and Ravindra
Canteen. And directly in front of the Director’s house.
b) If an inter-departmental war breaks out, Electrical department will be hammered by the surrounding superpowers of Mechanical, Civil and EC departments.
The undergrads of this branch are constantly exposed to age-old electrical machines that make funny sounds when they run. They are also on the receiving ends of requests by fellow bhawan inmates to repair their fans and geysers.
Electrical engineering at IITR deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism in order to design, construct and maintain products, services, and information systems.
The coursework is undoubtedly rigorous but with proper time management and smart decisions you can sail through most of them along with extracurricular activities. Core Electrical subjects include Signal Processing and Instrumentation, Control System Analysis, Communication Systems, Power Electronics, RF and Microwaves. Apart from that, there are some courses from Computer Science Engineering and Electronics Engineering departments like C++, Microelectronics, etc. Concept of computing and recent applications of computer based systems in design, analysis and efficient operation of power systems, maintaining quality and security are also included in the course.
Electrical Engineering graduates could continue their education by specialising and doing research in fields like: Power Electronics and Drives, Power Systems, Electrical Machines, Control and Instrumentation, Applied Electronics, Embedded Systems, VLSI Design.
Many premier Educational and Research Institutions regularly admit electrical engineers as graduate engineer trainees and Management Trainees to work on research projects. Research areas in the branch include Communication and Networking, Power Systems, Signal and Image Processing, Electromagnetics, etc. A Good GPA, along with a graduate degree from IIT should hold you in good stead, while applying for jobs or higher studies.
There is no dearth of job opportunities in the public or private sector - such as Electricity Boards, Large Scale Industries, Manufacturing Plants, Power Corporations, Hydro-Electricity sector. EE is a versatile branch where students, with some extra effort, can expand their work area into Software, Core Electrical, Electronics as well as Non Technical companies such as consulting firms.
Prominent companies which recruit from the college include: ABB, Bajaj International Private Ltd., Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), PGCIL, IOCL, Trident, Centre for Electronics Design and Technology, Crompton Greaves Limited (CGL), Siemens Ltd., Reliance power Ltd. and non- core companies like Goldman Sachs, Google, etc, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Average salary for an Electrical Engineer graduate is between 8-10 lakhs per annum, though a few exceptional cases do reach a much higher sum.