University Rankings: India


 

Government Ratings

National Assessment and Accreditation Council

Established in 1994 by the University Grants Council, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is responsible for evaluating and accrediting Indian institutions of higher education and academic departments. Accredited institutions are awarded an overall grade (with a pass/fail threshold) on a scale of A++ to C. The NAAC grading scale has been revised on a number of occasions, changing from a pilot A to E grading pattern, to a five-star scale, to its current nine-point alphabetical scale.

As in the United States, the accreditation process is voluntary; unlike the United States, not all institutions interested in establishing their academic credibility have submitted their institutions and programs for review. However, at the time of writing a total of 128 universities and 2883 colleges had received a “grade” under the NAAC system of assessing institutions.

NAAC accreditation is based on a three-stage process:

  • Preparation of a self-study report by the institution.
  • Institutional visit by an external evaluation team.
  • Grading, certification and accreditation based on the results of the previous two stages.

The commission’s full assessment criteria are available from its website at: naacindia.org/process.asp.

Both the star system and the current system are based on a 100-point scale. Institutions are graded according to the score they receive:

Score
NAAC Current Grading System
Original Star Scale
95-100
A++
A*****
90-95
A+
A*****
85-90
A
A*****
80-85
B++
A*****
75-80
B+
A*****
70-75
B
A****
65-70
C++
A***
60-65
C+
A**
55-60
C
A*

A score below 55 percent is considered a failing grade and accreditation is not awarded. Accreditation is good for five years.

The current list of accredited and reaccredited institutions along with their grades is available at: www.naac.gov.in/CGPA_System_accredited_inst.pdf.

Commercial Rankings

Dataquest-IDC-Nasscom

In June 2006 the IT trade magazine Dataquest published its third annual ranking of technology schools with a strong information technology focus. Not surprisingly, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) featured prominently, followed closely by the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT), and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs, formerly RECs), among a sprinkling of others. It should be noted that the criteria, indicators and weightings for the 2006 ranking are not the same for 2005, and a year-on-year comparison should be conducted with that in mind.

Methodology

The Dataquest rankings are based on a survey of recruiters and questionnaires sent to schools and institutes. Seventy-five percent of the overall score is based on response from the schools and 25 percent on response from IT recruiters. A total of 250 schools were contacted for the assessment, and 60 leading IT companies were invited to be part of the recruiter survey. The final size of the survey was 100 schools – those that did not respond in time or provided incomplete data were excluded.

The main criteria and weightings for school-provided data (worth 75 percent of the total) were: placements (40%, 7 indicators), infrastructure (10%, 8 indicators), academic environment/intellectual capital (20%, 7 indicators), industry interface (5%, 3 indicators). The perception score (worth 25 percent of the total) is based on interviews with recruiters who were asked to name their top schools for recruitment purposes.

Results

DQ-IDC Top 20 Technology Schools

Rank
Previous Rank
Institute
Score
1
3
IIT-Madras
84.9
2
IIT-Delhi
83
3
4
IIT-Kharagpur
78.3
4
6
IIT-Guwahati
77.3
5
2
IIT-Bombay
77.1
6
1
IIT-Kanpur
74.8
7
16
IIT-Roorkee
72.4
8
5
BITS-Pilani
64
9
15
Beijing Normal University
63.1
10
14
IIIT-Hyderabad
62
11
19
IIIT-Allahabad
60.9
12
7
NIT-Warangal
60.4
13
8
NIT-Tiruchirapalli
58.8
14
23
NIT-Calicut
58.6
15
20
Delhi College of Engineering
56.8
16
10
Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Delhi
56
17
BIT-Mesra, Ranchi
54.5
18
25
Jadavpur University, Kolkata
54.3
19
12
MNNIT-Allahabad
53.4
20
9
Thapar Institute of Engg & Technology, Patiala
52.2

Source: Dataquest-IDC T-School Survey (June 2006)
*The top 100 is available from: <www.dqindia.com/images06/Complete%20Score%20Card.pdf>

India Today AC Nielsen-ORG-MARG

Possibly the longest running ranking in India, the annual Top 10 Colleges report by the news weekly India Today rates the nation’s colleges in the arts, science, commerce, law engineering and medicine. Not unlike its U.S. equivalent, U.S. News & World Report, the India Today college ranking has been open to heavy criticism over the years, but has nonetheless found itself occupying a position of relative (and many would say unwarranted) influence over the decision-making process of prospective university and college students.

Methodology

The India Today rankings are based on the findings of an opinion poll of high-ranking university administrators at large state universities, academic experts, and objective data furnished by colleges and collected from their websites, in addition to data taken from secondary data sources such as the India Universities Handbook.

The opinion poll, results from which are used to develop the “perception score,” focus on seven criteria: reputation, curriculum, quality of academic input, student care, admission procedure, infrastructure and job prospects. Those polled only ranked institutions in their particular field of expertise. Factual data is collected only from institutions that receive top scores on the perception ratings. An exact listing of criteria and indicators is not provided, however, the following criteria are offered as examples: number of applicants, admission procedure, pass percentage of students, faculty, infrastructure and campus placement. A 70:30 overall weighting is applied to the perception and data scores respectively.

Results

No.1 Colleges by Field (2006)

School
Field
St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
Arts
Loyola College, Chennai
Science
Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi
Commerce
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi
Medicine
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Engineering
National Law School of India University, Bangalore
Law

Source: India Today-June 5, 2006

Top Ten Colleges by Field 2005, 2004

ARTS

Rank (2004)
Rank (2005)
Name of College
6
1
Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi
7
2
Presidency College, Chennai
1
3
Loyola College, Chennai
3
4
St Xavier’s College, Mumbai
5
Fergusson College, Pune
4
6
St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
2
7
St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
8
8
Hindu College, Delhi
8
9
Miranda House, Delhi
5
10
Presidency College, Kolkata

SCIENCE

Rank (2004)
Rank (2005)
Name of College
3
1
Loyola College, Chennai
5
2
St.Stephen’s College, Delhi
7
3
Presidency College, Kolkata
6
4
St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai
1
5
Presidency College, Chennai
6
Fergusson College, Pune
7
Elphinstone College, Mumbai
4
8
Hindu College, Delhi
2
9
St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
10
Christ College, Bangalore

COMMERCE

Rank (2004)
Rank (2005)
Name of College
1
1
Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi
5
2
St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
3
BM College of Commerce, Pune
3
4
St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
6
5
Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi
7
6
Hindu College, Delhi
7
Hans Raj College, Delhi
4
8
Loyola College, Chennai
9
Bhavan’s College, Mumbai
10
Dr. Ambedkar College, Pune

MEDICINE

Rank (2004)
Rank (2005)
Name of College
1
1
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi
6
2
Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
7
3
St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore
2
4
Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore
9
5
JIPMER, Pondicherry
5
6
Christian Medical College, Vellore
7
Grant Medical College, Mumbai
10
8
Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi
3
9
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
10
BJ Medical College, Pune

ENGINEERING

Rank (2004)
Rank (2005)
Name of College
2
1
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
3
2
Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
4
3
Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
1
4
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
5
5
Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
7
6
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
6
7
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
9
8
CE, Guindy, Anna University, Chennai
9
BIT, Mesra, Ranchi
10
Bengal Engineering College, Kolkata

LAW

Rank (2004)
Rank (2005)
Name of College
3
1
ILS Law College, Pune
1
2
National Law School of India University, Bangalore
5
3
Symbiosis Society’s Law College, Pune
4
National Law Institute University, Bhopal
9
5
Faculty of Law, Delhi University, Delhi
4
6
NALSAR, Hyderabad
7
7
Institute of Legal Studies, Bangalore
8
Faculty of Law, BHU, Varanasi
2
9
University College of Law, Bangalore
6
10
Government College of Law, Mumbai

Source: India Today-June 13, 2006

Business Today, AC Nielsen ORG-MARG

Business Today, a news weekly owned by the India Today Group, published its fourth annual ranking of management schools in 2006. Based exclusively on the results of opinion polls and surveys sent out to students, recruiters and human resource managers, the 2006 rankings produced something of a surprise result in that a non-IIM branded school Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune took fourth spot ahead of some of the highly prestigious Indian Institutes of Management.

Methodology

A shortlist of 30 schools was selected from the results of surveys sent out to MBA aspirants and recruiters who were asked to list all the schools they would consider applying to or recruiting from. Those surveyed were asked to rate schools according to eight criteria: reputation, placement, quality of placement, infrastructure, faculty, teaching methodology, specialist units and admission eligibility. For the 2006 ranking there was a survey sample of 526 respondents, 25 percent of who were “MBA aspirants”.

Those 30 schools that made the “cut” were then assessed by MBA students, young executives (with two to three years’ experience) and heads of institutions, all of whom were asked to rate schools according to a range of criteria which included: favorite school, recommended school and the price premium commanded by a brand. The model employed by the Nielson rating agency is designed to calculate the “brand equity index” (BEI) for each school (the same model it uses in rating Fast Moving Consumer Goods!).

Results (2006)

Business Today Ranking of Top Management Schools

Rank
Institution
1
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad
2
IIM Bangalore
3
IIM Calcutta
4
Symbiosis-Pune
5
IIM Lucknow
6
Xavier Labor Relations Institute
7
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies
8
IIM Indore
9
FMS Delhi
10
IIFT Delhi
11
IIPM New Delhi
12
IIM Kozhikode
13
ICFAI Hyderabad
14
S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research
15
Welingkar Institute of Management
16
IIPM Mumbai
17
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
18
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
18
MDI Gurgaon
20
LIBA Chennai
21
Bimtech Delhi
22
XIM Bhubaneshwar
22
BIM Trichy
24
Nirma Institute of Management
25
IMT Ghaziabad
26
K J Somaiya
27
Christ College Bangalore
28
Amity Business School Noida
29
Osmania Hyderabad
30
Alliance Business Academy Bangalore

Other Sources

Business World: www.businessworldindia.com/sep0604/coverstory05_a.asp

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