career, like mine. I chose to be at Caltech, even before it was announced number one, because we all knew it is far beyond standards... During my PhD, I have worked with an international collaboration in Japan and have also spent time in ETH Zürich (a topranked school). But Caltech is a completely different experience. Despite being very strong in academics and research, I have always experienced a very lively atmosphere and during scientific studies and discussions, it hardly matters whether one is a graduate student, a post doctoral fellow, a professor or a Nobel laureate,” adds Joshi.
Another student gave a measured reaction. “Rankings should always be taken with a pinch of salt,” said Utkarsh Mital, pursuing a PhD in applied mechanics there. He’s a civil engineer from VJTI, Mumbai.
“It’s always great to see your school ranked at the top, but these are subjective perceptions. What’s more important for me personally is how well my school is doing in my area of research.” His experience at the institute “so far has been mind-numbing to say the least. I have learnt a lot over the past one year and met some great minds. Life here can get demanding, but that’s a process you must go through to be worthy of a Caltech degree.”