How the rank­ings WERE DONE

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Based on fac­tual and per­cep­tual scores, 170 var­si­ties were part of the IN­DIA TO­DAY- Nielsen sur­vey

IN­DIA TO­DAY part­nered with The Nielsen Com­pany and con­ducted the fourth con­sec­u­tive sur­vey to de­ter­mine the top uni­ver­si­ties in In­dia in the arts, science, and com­merce streams. To de­ter­mine the ranks, a for­mula based on a per­cep­tion score ( from a struc­tured in­ter­view con­ducted among aca­demic ex­perts) and an ob­jec­tive score ( fac­tual data fur­nished by uni­ver­si­ties) was evolved.

Re­search was con­ducted to draw up a list of 170 uni­ver­si­ties el­i­gi­ble for the sur­vey. Only those uni­ver­si­ties were con­sid­ered which of­fer at least two post­grad­u­ate cour­ses in arts, science and com­merce. The list was drawn up us­ing pub­lished re­ports, ex­pert rec­om­men­da­tions and the As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dian Uni­ver­si­ties hand­book.

The pa­ram­e­ters for which each univer­sity is judged were then drawn up af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with aca­demics and ex­perts from across In­dia. The pa­ram­e­ters in­clude univer­sity rep­u­ta­tion, qual­ity of aca­demic in­put, fac­ulty, re­search strengths, stu­dent care, in­fra­struc­ture, in­no­va­tion, ad­mis­sion pro­ce­dure, place­ment record. This year, we have also added se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for stu­dents and global ex­po­sure.

From Fe­bru­ary to May, 2013, 347 ex­perts ( deans, reg­is­trars, heads of de­part­ments and pro­fes­sors) from dif­fer­ent streams across In­dia were shown the list of 170 uni­ver­si­ties and were asked to rate them on the iden­ti­fied pa­ram­e­ters ( based on their per­cep­tions). Each pa­ram­e­ter was as­signed a weight based on the aver­age im­por­tance given by the ex­perts. Hence the most im­por­tant pa­ram­e­ter got the max­i­mum weight and the least, the min­i­mum. The ex­perts were asked not to rate their own univer­sity. The over­all per­cep­tual score of a univer­sity was then cal­cu­lated on the ba­sis of the rat­ings given by the ex­perts. And fi­nally the uni­ver­si­ties were ranked based on their over­all per­cep­tual scores and a list of the top 85 uni­ver­si­ties was gen­er­ated.

Re­quests for fac­tual in­for­ma­tion on the same pa­ram­e­ters were then sent out to the top 85 uni­ver­si­ties and data was even­tu­ally re­ceived from 50 of them. Those uni­ver­si­ties who did not sub­mit their fac­tual data were not con­sid­ered for the fi­nal rank­ing. All fac­tual in­for­ma­tion of a univer­sity was rescaled and then ag­gre­gated to get an over­all fac­tual score.

To de­rive the over­all score for the uni­ver­si­ties, a weigh­tage of 50 per cent was ap­plied to the over­all per­cep­tual score and 50 per cent to over­all fac­tual scores. Af­ter as­sign­ing th­ese weights, the over­all score was in­dexed to 100. Thus the method­ol­ogy of rank­ing, based on both per­cep­tion and fac­tual data, pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture of each univer­sity rated.

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