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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.”

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