Walchand College of Engineering (WCE) is a government-aided autonomous institution that was established in 1947 in Sangli Maharashtra as a private institution by Hon’ble Dhondumama Sathe in an area of spacious 90 acres in a perfect placid atmosphere to produce engineers with aptitude in research and leadership, and the same year it was affiliated with Bombay University. After the establishment of Pune University in 1948, it was affiliated with that. In 1955, it was renamed after Industrialist Walchand Hirachand. It is accredited with an “A” grade by the NAAC, and its courses are approved by the AICTE.
In this analysis, we are going to check out all the details about the institute’s students’ stats, faculty, courses offered, graduation outcomes & placements, median salary & top recruiters, infrastructures, and fee structures. All the details are authentic since we got these from the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) where WCE gave its reports.
Students Intake at WCE
WCE admitted a decent number of 390 students each in 2021, 2020, and 2019 at UG programs and 240 students each in 2021 and 2020 at PG programs, respectively.
WCE has 117 distinguished professors at its faculty, of whom 30.77% are Ph.D. holders, and the faculty-to-student ratio is 1:20, that is, one professor is available for every 20 students.
WCE Annual Expenditures
WCE spent Rs. 5.02 crores as capital expenditure in 2021, of which 11.13% on procuring books, journals, and e-resources for the library, a significant 61.46% on buying new equipment and software for quality research, a modest 19.62% on engineering workshops, and the remaining 7.79% on the creation of capital assets. In 2020, the capital expenditure was Rs. 6.2 crores and it was around Rs. 4.85 crores in 2019.
WCE spent over Rs. 29.55 crores in 2021 as operational expenditure, of which a massive 92.71% on paying salaries to professors and supporting staff, a modest 6.44% on maintaining academic infrastructure, and the remaining 0.85% on Seminars/Workshops/Conferences. Spending as operational expenditures were Rs. 26.13 crores in 2020 and Rs. 24.81 crores in 2019. The spending as operational expenditure has been increased in 2021 when compared to the last two years.
WCE Research Details
As WCE has some distinguished professors and research scholars at its faculty, many big companies are willing to sponsor this institution, and therefore, it received Rs. 22.29, Rs. 20.32, and Rs. 35.42 lakhs through 12, 11, and 11 sponsored research projects from 12, 11, and 10 companies in 2021, 2020, and 2019, respectively.
As WCE has some distinguished professors and research scholars at its faculty, many big companies are willing to get a consultation at this institution for their projects, and therefore, it received Rs. 1.78 crores through a massive number of 477 consultancy projects from 201 companies in 2021, and it received Rs. 86.57 and Rs. 72.12 lakhs through a significant number of 313 and 350 consultancy projects from 218 and 177 companies in 2020 and 2019, respectively.
WCE Graduations & Placements
UG Graduations & Placements
At WCE, a considerable number of 509 students got admission to UG degree courses and a bulky 85.85% of them graduated, of whom 80.28% got placements at top companies, and 16 were selected for higher studies in 2021; a considerable 84.39% of students graduated, of whom 83.97% got placements and 34 were selected for higher studies in 2020; and a significant 86.68% of students graduated, of whom 79.2% got placements and 37 were selected for higher studies in 2019.
PG Graduations & Placements
At WCE in the PG programs, a huge 96.26% of them graduated, of whom merely 21.5% got placements at top companies, and 6 were selected for higher studies in 2021; a considerable 88.65% of students graduated, of whom 29.95% got placements and 6 were selected for higher studies in 2020; and a massive 91.81% of students graduated, of whom 35.44% got placements and 7 were selected for higher studies in 2019.
Ph.D. Research Programme
In the Ph.D. research programs, a considerable number of 58 students have pursued research studies till 2021, of whom 10 students graduated in 2021, 5 students graduated in 2020, and merely 1 student graduated in 2019.
Median Salary & Top Recruiters
Median Salary of UG Graduates: Rs. 5.5 LPA in 2021, Rs. 5 LPA in 2020, and Rs. 4.5 LPA in 2019 at top companies.
Median Salary of PG Graduates: Rs. 3.6 LPA in 2021, Rs. 5.5 LPA in 2020, and Rs. 4.5 LPA in 2019.
The top recruiters of WCE are Google, Dell, Capgemini, Tata Housing, Microsoft, Amazon, Infosys, TCS, JSW, Godrej, Wipro, Mahindra, Aditya Birla, etc., who are looking for fresh graduates at this institution for their companies.
Students Diversity at WCE
At WCE, 2294 students are currently pursuing their degrees, of whom 66.43% are boys and a decent 33.57% are girls, a huge number of 2235 students are from within the state, merely 45 students are from other states, and the remaining 14 students are from foreign countries.
Facilities on WCE Campus
WCE has a lot of facilities that are available for students. It has hostels, hospitals, labs, libraries, cafeterias, a gym, a sports complex, an auditorium, IT infrastructures, transport facilities, lifts/ramps, etc., that are available for students to utilize.
Campus Festivals at WCE
On the WCE campus, Art Circle Club organizes many cultural events like music, dance, drama, writing, photography, painting, etc., in March for a day to enthrall and energize students and make them creative through these art events. Besides these, WCE participates in Mood Indigo organized by IIT Bombay. In addition to these, it organizes various social awareness programs and also sports events to make students physically and mentally fit and responsible to society and the nation.
Moreover, a barrage of technical events like tech fests and symposiums on various topics in all branches of engineering are conducted to induce the interest of the students, create a platform to showcase their technical prowess, and allow them to get well-versed in engineering and technology.
As WCE is in Sangli, one of the important cities in Maharashtra, it has a fair transport system along with a railway station, however, it doesn’t have an airport, but students can use Pune International Airport which is at a distance of 245 km away from the institution is available for travel by air, and Sangli Railway Station which is at a distance of 2.9 km away is available for travel by train. Therefore students from anywhere can commute to this institution.
How to Get Admission at WCE
For UG Course: Candidates who passed or appeared in the +2 or any other equivalent exam thereto with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics with a minimum of 45% marks (40% for reserved category candidates) should take MHT-CET/JEE Main entrance examination and should get a valid score to be selected for counseling process conducted by MHT-CET and choose WCE as their preferences of choice in that counseling to get admission to UG courses at this institution.
For PG Courses: Candidates who passed a UG degree in the respective stream with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for reserved category candidates) need to take GATE and get a valid score to be selected in the counseling process conducted by the State Common Entrance Test Cell and choose WCE as their preferences of choice to get admission to PG courses at this institution.
Fee Structure at WCE
The student needs to pay approximately Rs. 3.4 lakhs as total fees for the UG course at WCE, however, the saving grace is they can get a fair salary of Rs. 5.5 LPA at top companies, so they get back this amount in a year.
WCE Scores by NIRF
Teaching, Learning, and Resources: WCE has a good faculty and good infrastructure for innovative research, therefore it scored 48.25%, which accounts to 30% of overall NIRF scores.
Research and Professional Practice: WCE has some distinguished professors and research scholars, however, it lacks in research and professional practice. Therefore it scored 4.54%, which accounts to 30% of overall NIRF scores.
Graduate Outcome: As WCE has a conducive atmosphere for study, a significant number of students have graduated at the minimum stipulated time allocated. Therefore it scores 56.11%, which accounts to 20% of overall NIRF scores.
Outreach and Inclusivity: WCE has students from every section and every part of India and the world, and it has admitted a decent number of girl students, however, it has admitted a few students from other states. Therefore it scored 47.93%, which accounts to 10% of overall NIRF scores.
Perception: WCE has good faculties, good infrastructures, and a conducive atmosphere, and its graduation outcomes and placements at top companies are good, however, it has not yet got much popularity like first-generation IITs and NITs. Therefore it scored 6.19%, which accounts to 10% of overall NIRF scores.