Engineering Prospects: Pune vs. Delhi

By | April 7, 2018

While Bangalore is considered India’s Silicon Valley, Pune is to India what Austin, Texas is to the US. Also called the Oxford of the East, Pune has grown to become an influencer in the startup scene, a fierce competitor in the engineering talent pool and is starting to show signs as an attractive spot for ambitious engineers who want a career in software and automobile industries.

Delhi as the capital of India has access to some of the best infrastructure and houses more startups and MNCs than Pune. Some of the best engineering colleges in Delhi are IIT, Amity and Delhi Technological University. Delhi attracts thousands of engineering aspirants to study and make a career out of their education with its abundance of startups (though not as much as Bangalore) and MNCs.

To the average eye, Delhi seems far more attractive for a good education and a lucrative career. But, Pune has started to become the underdog in the development scene. Though Bangalore is still the startup hub and provides maximum opportunities for software engineers, the traffic congestion and lack of good infrastructure is a constant menace.

Pune has the pleasant weather that Bangalore boasts and has a lot less traffic congestion. There are a lot fewer startups, around 400 compared to Delhi’s 1800 startups, but the non-software industries are growing and are starting to provide better results than Delhi or other metro cities. Delhi’s pollution and climbing crime rates have made Pune a much better option for work and education.

Some of the best engineering colleges in Pune includes IIT, College of Engineering and Symbiosis which have created a highly skilled engineering talent pool, better than most other metro cities. Pune does not have local venture capitalists or angels to support the startups unlike Delhi or Bangalore, but its closeness to Mumbai (both geographically and culturally) has made it more favourable for major domestic and foreign companies to set up large-scale operational facilities.

Career opportunities on non-software fields are high in Pune but overall, Delhi is better for one to find a good job for themselves and their family. Bangalore and Delhi get an edge from diversity, with people from all over the country and the world coming together and finding harmony in these cities. Diversity leads to better and faster growth and attracts investment from different industries. Pune is still behind in diversity but the cultural influence from Mumbai is adding to the diversity factor, even if it’s slower than the other cities.

Both Pune and Delhi have a similar standard of living with the expenses on food, entertainment, and infrastructure costing around the same. For those who are cost-conscious, moving to Pune is actually cheaper than other metro cities except Kolkata. Pune can expect more migrants moving in with the hope of a better education and a steady job.

Delhi has reached its highest point in progress but Pune, on the other hand, has just begun its development. There’s a lot more we can expect from Pune as long as the improvement in infrastructure and control of crime is growing at a pace that can cope with the industrial growth. If you are an aspiring engineering student or a tired techie, maybe Pune is your place to shine in the coming years.

Note: The article has been written as a guest post by Ranjani Chandrasekaran from

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