Research Scope for Electronics Engineering in India

Research in Electronics Engineering

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For last few years Electronics Engineering has been very dynamic with the rapid growth of portable and mobile communication devices. This is a specialization of engineering which actually got derived from Electrical Engineering and found its own original shape very quickly. The evolution of embedded systems linked this branch with Computer Science Engineering to a large extend.

Electronics Engineering covers few sub disciplines:

(i) Communication Engineering

(ii) Microelectronics, VLSI & Embedded Systems

(iii) Signal Processing

(iv) Instrumentation Engineering

(v) Electromagnetic and Microwave

Many reputed technical institutes including IITs, NITs, IIITs are involved in several research on electronics engineering. Here in this post IgEn has covered different top level research organizations which provide the opportunity for research in various electronics sub-disciplines in India.

1. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai

Major Specialization Area:

Communication Systems, Signal Processing, Multi-Antenna Communication

Academic Degree / Research Position: PhD, Integrated MSc-PhD


2. Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CEERI), Pilani

Major Specialization Area:

Electronics System: (Agri-Electronics, Embedded Systems, Digital Systems, Power Electronics)

Electron Tubes: (Gyrotron, Klystron, Magnetrons, Plasma Devices, raveling Wave Tubes)

Semiconductor: (Hybrid Mircrocircuits, IC Design, MEMS and Microsensors, Sensors and Nanotechnology, Photonics and Optoelectronics, Semiconductor Materials and Technology)

Academic Degree / Research Position: M.Tech, PhD


3. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

Major Specialization Area:

Communications: (Wireless Communications, MIMO Technologies, Coding Theory, Information Theory, Cognitive Radio)

Signal Processing: (Speech/Audio, Video, SP for Communications, Compressive Sensing)

Networks: (Sensor Networks, Wireless Networks, QOS Architecture)

RF/Photonics: (RF MEMS, Antennas, Imaging, Optical Communication, Biosensors)

Microelectronics: (Low Power Circuits, CMOS for RF, Nano Devices, MEMS and Sensors)

Academic Degree / Research Position: M.E, PhD


4. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bengaluru

Major Specialization Area:

Semi-Conductor Laboratory (Chandigarh): semiconductor technology, micro-electromechanical systems and process technologies relating to semiconductor processing

Space Applications Centre (Ahmedabad): satellite based telecommunications, remote sensing

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS)(Dehradun): Remote Sensing, Geographical Information System

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) (Thiruvananthapuram): Applied and Adaptive Optics, RF and Micro Systems

Academic Degree / Research Position: M.Tech, PhD


5. Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Delhi

Major Specialization Area:

RADAR, Antenna Systems, Communication Systems, Software Radios, Satellite Communication, Microwave & Millimeter Systems, Image Processing & Analysis, Nanotechnology based sensors, Nano optoelectronic devices

Academic Degree / Research Position: JRF, SRF, RA, summer internship/industrial training/project work


6. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

Major Specialization Area:

Radar Systems, Communication Systems, Flight Control Systems, Microelectronics

Academic Degree / Research Position: NA


7. Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER), Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

Major Specialization Area:

Opto-electronics, Radars & Atmospheric Instrumentation, Signal Processing & Navigational Electronics, RF and Microwave systems and applications (Major Research), Medical Electronics

Academic Degree / Research Position: M.Tech Project Trainee


8. Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics (IRPE), Kolkata

Major Specialization Area:

Solid State, IC Design & VLSI, Microwaves, Lightwaves and Antenna Research, Space Science & Communication, System Science, Opto-Microwave and Metamaterial Research, MEMS Design

Academic Degree / Research Position: B.Tech, M.Tech, PhD


9. Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Pune

Major Specialization Area:

Radar and Communication, Defence Electronics Systems, Signal Processing and Communication, Lasers and Electro Optics

Academic Degree / Research Position: M.Tech, PhD


10. Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, Delhi, Noida, Mohali, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram

Major Specialization Area:

VLSI and Embedded System, Power Electronics, Agriculture and Environment Electronics, Intelligent Transportation system, Next Generation Control systems, Advanced Wireless Communication Systems, Medical Electronics, Ubiquitous Computing, Smart Grid Security

Academic Degree / Research Position: M.Tech, Summer Courses and Training Program


11. Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), Pune, Hyderabad, Thrissur

Major Specialization Area:

Integrated Electronics Packaging, Nanomaterials and Devices, Ultra High Purity Materials, Materials for Renewable Energy, Piezo Sensors and Actuators, Indegenisation of space Materials

Academic Degree / Research Position: NA


12. National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT), Calicut

Major Specialization Area:

Nanotechnology, Medical Electronics, Microelectronics, Industrial Electronics

Academic Degree / Research Position: M.Tech and Summer Industrial Training


Note: All the information have been collected from the official website of the respective organization

Hope this information would be useful for many engineers hoping to step into research in electronics stream. If you need any more information regarding research scope in electronics engineering or if you want to add up anything else to this list, feel free to drop a comment and IgEn will definitely respond to it. We would appreciate if you can give valuable information and suggestions to the other students who need it, under this post.

  1. Sir/Madam,
    Can you please give me some knowledge about whether doing mtech in DIAT Pune is worth compared to IIT’s and IISc related to placements and future propects.

    • Dear Aditya,

      If you have opportunity to go for IISC or any of the IIT, then I would suggest go for that other than going for DIAT. If you have interest in research then you would never get a place better than IISC in India. IITs come after IISC. These are the place which provide you better research environment during M.Tech and also open the door for higher research scope after your M.Tech. IITs have better track record in placement than DIAT also.

      No doubt DIAT is a very good institute. DIAT has become an official centre for recruitment of civilian scientists in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) source
      Also if you have interest in specializations like: Guided missile (Aerospace), Radar and communication (electronics), Laser & Optics (Applied Physics), Armament and combat vehicles (mechanical); then definitely DIAT is one of the best place in India.

      But still I would suggest if you have option to go for IISC or any of the old IITs then go for that. Otherwise DIAT is also a good option.

  2. Respected Sir,
    What is the scope for research positions like JRF in organisations like CMET, DRDO? Is there any chance of getting permanent job in such organisations if good research work is carried out?

    • Dear Krishnan,

      CMET and DRDO like organizations keeps on posting the vacancy for JRF positions throughout the year according to their requirement in different projects. So, you need to regularly visit their website to get the notification. Regarding the scope for research positions; if your profile matches their requirement, then they would give you an interview call. Getting a permanent post based on your performance in research position is totally organization dependent. If they have vacancy then they might recruit, but there is nothing like surety. Of course good research work always has value. So, if you have research experience of 1 or 2 years in these type of organization, that would definitely help you in future.

  3. I want to do research in communication i can not get in iisc or old iits with my gate rank in communication engineering course for mtech. So should i go to new iits or nits or diat or iist(i dont care about job after mtech) ?? Please sir reply .

    • Hey Subhankar,

      From your comment, it seems like you are interested in research. In my suggestion new IITs, IIST and DIAT can be considered equally. The only criteria to chose a particular institute on the basis of the faculties and their research in Communication Engineering. Do search for each institute, who are the faculty members working aligning to your interest area and what are their recent publications.

      From NITs, I would suggest you can check for few good ones (Like Trichi, Warangal, Suratkal, Allahabad, Bhopal, Rourkela)… I would suggest you to check for IIIT Allahabad and IIIT Delhi also.

      • Thank you sir for replying me, my gate rank is 810 this year can you please suggest where i can do mtech or ms in communication engineering with this rank.

      • Thank you sir for replying me, my gate rank is 810 this year can you please suggest where i can do mtech or ms in communication engineering with this rank???

        • Hey Subhankar,

          With this rank, I guess you can get into a new IIT. Try for IIT Gandhinagar and IIT Hyderabad if possible. These two promote research a lot.

  4. hello sir i am a electrical engineer and i want to know the scope of in DIAT, and can u please tell me what is the cut off for DIAT robotics , what is the closing cutoff score for 2015. ?? pease help me out.


  5. Sir, I got selected for IIT Kanpur MS(R) program for signal processing and communication. After master degree i want to do phd from some top US university. Which will be the better option for me M.Tech from Top NIT or MS from iit kanpur? Please sir help me i am very much in doubt.

    • Dear Subhankar,

      No doubt MS from IIT Kanpur is much better than M.Tech form any NIT (No matter whether it is a top ranking NIT). In India you can get the best research environment in IIT Kanpur (equivalent to IISC, IIT Bombay and TIFR). Also you can earn the recommendations from the eminent professors. This would help you a lot to get an admission to PhD in top Universities in USA.

      Also keep in mind if you have a plan for PhD in future then a MS degree that to from IIT Kanpur would always help you more than any M.Tech degree as MS degree are more towards research than M.Tech Degrees.

      All the Best for future!

  6. I got a offer from IIT madras also for MS. It is a project funded MS. And the project is on 5G technology. I came to know that my guide and Project Advisor is very renowned in wireless communication field. Now which will be the good option IIT kanpur or IIT madras please help sir.

    • Dear Subhankar,
      IIT Madras is equally good as IIT Kanpur. If you have interest in telecom (as the project is on 5G) then there is no problem in going for IIT Madras. Also you have an additional advantage of working under an renowned expert as you have mentioned. Thumbs up for IIT Madras. Also place wise Madras has more opportunities and flexibility than Kanpur.

  7. Sir i have one more question which is better mhrd funded ms or project funded ms? IN kanpur i get mhrd funded ms and in madras i get project funded ms