GAT is for those who have the art of licking feet of the management or their professors. What I think about the college maybe different from what others think but since I am supposed to share my side of the story, I will be as honest as I can. There are better colleges than GAT such as NHCE, Ramaiah Institute of Technology but better college from GAT means better numbers at the entrance. Most of the things that I learnt at the GAT campus was mostly on my own. Student welfare agenda is last on the list of the management of the college. I travelled all the way from Rajasthan to Bangalore as I thought I am going to one of the best cities and one of the best colleges. City for sure was the best but college far from the best. On facilities front the college was great as the facilities were top class. Placements were average and campus life again quite average.
When I was a part of the college, the labs were updated and all the equipments of the labs were working alright. There’s no complain about the facilities at GAT but quite strict attendance and then sitting in the class idle as every now and then there would be a top-level meeting and the faculty had to skip the lecture and be a part of that meeting. Irrespective of whether they come or not, we can’t leave the class and doing nothing in the class was the best thing that we did often.
Not all but some brilliant professors were available who inspired and guided me to take projects on my own. Their guidance and support were much more than the books. I would have named them but there’s no point as those brilliant professors quit soon after I graduated from GAT. Other professors were again average and had no intention of making students learn something beyond books.
In Bangalore if you don’t get placed by doing CSE, then you can’t get placed from anywhere else in India. Bangalore is an IT Hub and the destination that makes maximum engineers in the country. Infosys run their program in the campus which was an initial training of their job. Students who did great there were hired without much of a flake. Apart from Infosys, Wipro, Oracle, and Accenture were other big names that took some students to be a part of their organization. Average salary offered was 4.25 lakhs and highest numbers weren’t that promising as one guy got placed with Accenture at a package of 9.4 lakhs. The placement percentage was 60 and that means the college placements can’t be termed great.
There’s one boy’s and one girl’s hostel. The boy’s hostel was an 8-floor building with 12 rooms on each floor. 1st floor had 16 rooms and were for taking for the ones who opt for single rooms. Single seater rooms had attached washrooms but double and four sharing rooms floor had common washrooms. Bathrooms were clean though and there was no power cut ever and all the floors had RO purifier water coolers. The dining hall was hygienic and there was also a TV inside the dining hall. The hostel was just near the campus and one can easily come walking from hostel to the college campus.
The bus stop was more than a kilometre away and you have to bargain an auto to come to the college if you are a localite. For hostellers going out was tough as first we have to go to the bus stop walking and then comeback by 10 pm as it was the last in time. There were at least 10-12 labs and computer labs were amazing. The library was again quite attractive as the books were arranged so nicely that you can find them ever so easily. There are two seminar halls and a huge theatre styled auditorium. Our workshops and conferences were held at the auditorium. The canteen was nice but served just a few items. Sporting facilities were just too good as there were four basketball courts, two tennis courts, one weight lifting arena, and two big sports grounds. There were two gyms, one for boys and one for girls. Then there was a clinic for students getting injured or suffering from minor health issues never had to go out as college’s dispensary took care of it without any charges.
The campus was vibrant but not the college life. Sports was the only extra-curricular activity that was taken seriously at GAT. Cultural event was the last piece of jigsaw puzzle but college didn’t take that seriously either. Some of the colleges in Bangalore have 2-3 days event but at GAT it was a One-day affair and would normally end by 10-10.30 pm.