Top Universities in India 2015 Ranking Methodology
Saurabh , 20 Mar 2015

Top Universities in India 2015 Ranking Methodology brings you the process that Careers360 followed to reach ranking of Universities across India in its third edition of University Ranking.

Our University Ranking and rating exercise has become bigger and better this year. We managed to increase the number of universities rated to at least 218, a good 30 numbers up from that of last year. This resulted in highlighting only those universities that are rated at least AAA and above, both in public and private sector.

How did we RATE & RANK?

 

Performance evaluation criteria are drifting towards outcomes that are transparent, easy to comprehend and subject to public scrutiny. When the assessment entities are universities, the complexities are all the more multifarious. A fair approach, therefore, is to evaluate as much as possible through parameters that are quantifiable.

Rating Criterion

Rating

Thresholds

Description

AAAAA

95-99 percentile

Exceptional

AAAA+

90-94 percentile

Outstanding

AAAA

80-89 percentile

Best

AAA+

70-79  percentile

Very Good

AAA

60-69 percentile

Good

AA+

50-59 percentile

Acceptable

AA

40-49 percentile

Average

From 777 to 247

 

From Careers360 database of 777 universities and autonomous institutes that award degrees in India, the list was pruned to 247 for further scrutiny. This was based on preliminary search for publications and citations in international databases such as Thomson Reuter’s Web of Science and Elsevier’s Scopus; intellectual property rights (IPR) search at the Indian Patent Office database; accreditation score given by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and critical information like faculty strength, students enrolled and research scholars. This also included the invited entries for participation in the Careers360 rating/ranking survey announced annually. The exercise also involved gathering information through publicly available sources or through Right to Information Act. Further, employing a threshold criterion (say minimum publication count) we restricted the ranking to 100-plus universities in the country. The scores were arrived at using max-min formula for some parameters.(See Table).

 

Evaluation Schema:

Criterion

Elements

Score

Academic
Output

Publication Count in refereed journals as indexed in Thomson Reuter’s Web of Science and Elsevier’s Scopus

100

Impact

Citation (normalized average citation per paper)

100

Intellectual Property (IP)

IP Filed (2011-2014) and Patent Stock at IPO with more weightage to the latter

125

Productivity

Research per core academic and research personnel

50

Learning

Accreditation, Student-Faculty Ratio and PhD candidates

175

Total

 

550

Key things to note

  • Only degree awarding institutes (those set up by central or state legislation) are included

  • Those who got a university status after 2009 are not part of this ranking (We did a separate feature on ‘Emerging Universities with Potential’)

  • The ranking has 113 best universities (based on cut-off) which includes 83 public and 30 private universities

  • In addition to ranking where the total scores are reflected, universities have been rated based on their domain. There are 7 such categories: Multi-disciplinary (public & private), Engineering (public & private), Medicine, Agriculture & Allied Sciences and ’Others’ that include Specialized. We have included more universities in the rating list.

  • A few promising universities which might have been in the outstanding list, could not figure due to data insufficiency/excellence in a single measurable parameter such as TISS Mumbai, IIIT Bangalore, Chennai Mathematical Institute, NLSIU Bangalore, Symbiosis Pune, JUIT Solan etc.

  • Factors such as incubation units, research income, consultancy assignments, curriculum design, international outlook, outreach and so on add to robust assessment. However, data insufficiency andinexperience across majority of universities has crippled the usage of the same.

(The research & interviews were conducted by Abhay Anand, Shiphony Pavithran Suri, Aeshwarya Tiwari, Shilpi Sachdeva, Bhumika Sharma, Alok Mishra,Prabir Mohanty, Rohit Kumar B, Priyanka Kashyap and Merril Diniz)

 

Stay tuned to university.careers360.com for news and updates on Universities in India.

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