The IIT’s are still up there – their level of excellence marking them out as the top-rung engineering colleges of the country. Others following close behind are the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University; College of Engineering, Anna University; and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. BITS Pilani ranks among the top private engineering colleges in the country, followed by PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore; IIIT, Hyderabad; BIT Mesra, Ranchi; and the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Infocom Technology, Gandhinagar.
These are the results of the Hindustan Times-C fore survey of India’s best professional colleges. Inputs from thousands of students and faculty members from various engineering, medical, law, mass communication, hospitality and fashion institutes were taken to finalise the rankings. Delhi’s very own AIIMS and Vellore’s Christian Medical College, followed by Pune’s Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, made it to the list as India’s top medical colleges.
Faculty members and final year students of various colleges were, through a questionnaire, asked to rate the institutes they were familiar with on a ten-point scale against different parameters. They were also asked to assign a weightage to each of the parameters.
About 1,018 faculty members and 1,103 final year students belonging to different engineering colleges were interviewed for their assessment of the top engineering colleges. These institutes were given ratings on the basis of:
Intellectual Capital: Competence of faculty, research output, publications in refereed journals, number of patents (700 points)
Pedagogic Systems and Process: Effectiveness of various systems and processes like teaching-learning processes, curriculum upgradation, experiential learning, admission process, etc (500 points).
Industry Interface: ‘Live’ projects undertaken by students, number of research projects with industry undertaken by faculty (450 points).
Placements: Number and type of companies visiting for campus interviews; maximum, median and minimum salary offered for jobs in India and abroad; number of students who went for higher education in reputed Indian and foreign institutes; ROI (450 points).
Infrastructure and Support Systems: Campus area, total number of computers, number of books in library, number of faculty cabins, faculty strength ratio, number of seminar halls, number of engineering drawing halls, number of workshops, number of machines in workshops, number of laboratories, budget allocated for labs, residential facilities for students and faculty, facilities like playgrounds, gym etc., and responsiveness of administration to student needs (700 points).
The weightage given to each of the parameters was derived by taking the average weightage that the faculty gave to each parameter.
Similarly, for ranking medical colleges, 203 faculty members and 217 final-year students were interviewed. Not more than one faculty member from each department was interviewed. The rating that the faculty gave to their own institute was not considered. Institutes that were not evaluated by at least 20 faculty members and 20 students are not listed.
Assessments for medical colleges were done on the basis of:
Intellectual Capital (400 points
Pedagogic Systems and Processes (200 points)
Placements (200 points)
Infrastructure and Support Systems (300 points).
To rank institutes offering programmes related to law, hotel management, healthcare management, fashion technology, animation, mass communication and media, faulty members and professionals in the respective industries were contacted. They were given a structured questionnaire and asked to rate the institutes they were familiar with on a ten-point scale against four broad parameters, i.e intellectual capital, pedagogic systems and processes, placements, and infrastructure and support systems. They were also asked to assign weightages to each of the parameter in terms of relative importance. In order to eliminate bias, the rating that the respondents gave to the institutes that they were working for or had graduated from was not considered. The average rating that each institute got against different parameters was calculated.
The average rating score was multiplied by the corresponding aggregate weightage. The sum total of the weighted averages was used to arrive at the score for an institute, which was ranked accordingly.
Students and faculty members from various professional institutes across the country were given the following parameters to assess the engineering and medical institutes:
Pedagogic Systems and Process: Effectiveness of various systems and processes like teaching- learning processes, curriculum upgradation, experiential learning, admission process etc points
Placements: Number and type of companies visiting for campus interviews; maximum, median, minimum salary for jobs in India and abroad, number of students going in for higher education in reputed Indian and foreign institutes, ROI
Infrastructure and Support Systems: Campus area, total number of computers, number of books in library, number of faculty cabins to faculty strength ratio, number of seminar halls, number of engineering drawing halls, number of workshops, number of machines in workshops, number of laboratories, budget allocated for labs, residential facilities for students and faculty, facilities like playgrounds, gym etc. Responsiveness of administration to student needs