How the ranking was done

To conduct the annual survey of academic excellence in the streams of arts, science, commerce, law, engineering and medicine, India Today commissioned AC Nielsen-ORG-MARG to determine the rankings.

A formula based on a perception score (from an opinion poll conducted among academic experts) and an objective score (factual data furnished by colleges) was conceived.

In an endeavour to make the rankings more pertinent, a few changes to last year’s methodology were introduced. For the city rankings, interviews were done among a larger number of experts, which helped us report the top 10 colleges in the bigger cities.

In addition, the key parameters were streamlined along with the factual information collected from colleges.

Research was conducted to generate the list of colleges for the survey and secondary data sources like the Internet, published reports and the Association of Indian Universities Handbook were used.

Suggestions from experts were also included. A comprehensive list of more than 1,400 colleges was drawn up. To calculate the final score, more than 800 experts at the level of principals, heads of departments and deans in 12 cities—Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune—were contacted in the months of February, March and April this year………………………………………more


One Response to “How the ranking was done”

  1. Partha Sarathy Says:

    According to Aroon Purie Editor in Chief of India Today “Our rankings have become the benchmark for academic standards in India”. For 2008, India Today issue dated June 2, 2008 carries the India’s Best Colleges An Exclusive Survey. Page 88 of this esteemed magazine says IIT Chennai has 200 seats and Page 90 says IIT Mumbai has 312 seats. Year 2007 IIT Chennai had 540 seats and IIT Mumbai had 574 seats. This esteemed magazine did not have a clue to number of seats in various IITs and has gone about ranking them. Do you think it has any credibility? This is the type of guffa they did for BITS Pilani in year 2004 which has been undoubtedly one among the top ranking universities in India.

    Its time for India today to do about their rankings becoming benchmarks for academic standards in India.

    Public is wondering as to why BITS Pilani does not figure in the India’s Best Colleges Survey reported in the recent issue of India Today magazine.

    For the academic year 2004-2005 BITS Pilani admissions were based on the normalized percentage of marks and when this fact was known to everyone across the length and breadth of India, the Magazine India Today went about ranking the best colleges stating that BITS Pilani admissions were based on an entrance examination. One can easily conclude as to whose credibility is at stake in this episode.

    In the case of News, one should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation. Considering that the principles of good journalism are directed toward bringing the highest quality of news reporting to the public, thus fulfilling the mission of timely distribution of information in service of public interest, it must be made known that BITS Pilani stopped participating in the India Today ranking of India’s best colleges for the years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

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