India Today - - BEST COLLEGES -

For the past 21 years, the In­dia To­day Group has been rank­ing In­dia’s best col­leges. This year’s sur­vey has been done in as­so­ci­a­tion with Nielsen to de­ter­mine the best col­leges in 13 streams—arts, sci­ence, com­merce, en­gi­neer­ing, medicine, law, BBA, BCA, mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion and jour­nal­ism, fash­ion tech­nol­ogy, fine arts, ho­tel man­age­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

For arts, sci­ence and com­merce, col­leges in 18 ma­jor cities were con­sid­ered—Ahmed­abad, Ben­galuru, Chandi­garh, Chen­nai, Dehradun, Delhi, Guwa­hati, Hy­der­abad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Luc­know, Mum­bai, Pune, Bhubaneswar, In­dore, Coim­bat­ore and Patna. For the re­main­ing streams, col­leges from all over In­dia were con­sid­ered.

Re­search started in De­cem­ber 2016, us­ing sec­ondary data sources such as the in­ter­net, pub­lished re­ports and the As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dian Uni­ver­si­ties Hand­book. A com­pre­hen­sive list of more than 2,965 col­leges was drawn up in each stream. Then, ex­perts in each city were pro­vided a struc­tured ques­tion­naire with 100 points in all for five pa­ram­e­ters— rep­u­ta­tion of the col­lege, qual­ity of aca­demic in­put, stu­dent care, in­fra­struc­ture and job prospects.

The ex­perts rated the col­leges in their city for arts, sci­ence and com­merce and in their re­spec­tive zones (north, south, east and west) for the re­main­ing streams. To elim­i­nate bias, they did not rate their own col­lege. The over­all per­cep­tual score of each col­lege was cal­cu­lated and a cu­mu­la­tive na­tional list of col­leges was pre­pared. Then, a dif­fer­ent panel of ex­perts rated the in­sti­tu­tions in their re­spec­tive streams. Based on these rat­ings, per­cep­tual scores were given and the col­leges ranked—50 col­leges in arts, sci­ence and com­merce; 25 in en­gi­neer­ing, medicine and law; and 10 in BBA, BCA, mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion and jour­nal­ism, fash­ion, fine arts, ho­tel man­age­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

For the fi­nal rank­ings, the col­leges were asked to share fac­tual data. The same was done for in­sti­tu­tions that have per­formed well in the past few years and show po­ten­tial to emerge as fu­ture lead­ers. The col­leges that did not share the fac­tual data/re­fused to par­tic­i­pate in the sur­vey were not con­sid­ered for the fi­nal rank­ings. Fac­ul­ties of uni­ver­si­ties for streams other than law were not con­sid­ered. But in­di­vid­ual col­leges en­joy­ing the sta­tus of deemed uni­ver­si­ties were a part of the study. The fac­tual and per­cep­tual scores were com­bined with 50:50 weigh­tage. The fi­nal scores were ar­rived at and the rank­ings fixed.

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