Top 20 Engineering Colleges Survey in India

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Survey of Top 20 Engineering Colleges

1. India Today Survey

The magazine has been conducting such surveys for the last several years. This year, the survey was carried out in association with A C Nielsen ORG – MARG.

The ranking shows top 10 engineering colleges in the India, along with the rankings in the field of business management, medicine, commerce, science, law and arts. The survey takes into account institute’s infrastructure, research, admitted student quality, placement statistics, perception among academic and industrialists, etc.

2. Dataquest Survey

The survey, done for technical schools only, was conducted for the first time this year in India by this magazine. It was done in collaboration with International Data Corporation and the National Association of Software and Service Companies.

IDC is a world leader in the market research for information technology and software industries. Nasscom is India’s most powerful IT industry association which even the country’s Planning Commission consults for IT and software – related forecast and planning.

The survey has a no – nonsense approach, as the study claims : “The Dataquest – IDC – Nasscom survey findings are most likely to send some of the Tier – I schools into a tizzy. However, instead of breathing fire down our necks, these institutes would do well to ponder a little on where exactly they have erred.”The survey takes into account the infrastructure of the college, placement scenario, intellectual capital ( faculty quality and strength, research, et cetera ), interface with industries and perception of recruiters.

3. How Reliable are these Surveys?

With different surveys showing different rankings for the same college, the common man asks the question : which of the surveys to believe? Well, the answer is that there is no clear answer. Different surveys take different criteria, ask different questions for the same criterion and give different weightage while arriving at a composite score for determining overall rankings.

Hence all these surveys are correct up to some extent in their own way. A good survey will not be afraid of the public criticism and the most popular colleges need not be the best in the ranking. The list should not be the same year after year and, at the same time, there should not be any drastic changes in rankings at each year. Good examples are college rankings in the United States by magazines such as Business Week and US News & World Report.

Each survey has its own drawbacks of some kind. For example, the India Today survey, although based on acceptable criteria, mostly reserves the top six to seven slots for a group of institutes, while the next three to four ranks fluctuate every year.

It may be advisable for it to publish the expanded list, such as top 20 overall ranks and provide rankings under different criteria / sub-categories. On the other hand, the Dataquest survey is geared towards requirements of the IT and software industry. Moreover, students need not depend solely on college rankings for the selection of a college. Other factors beyond rankings are also to be considered. Such as quality of study, selecting proper branch, proximity to home, hostel facilities, etc. They should visit the campus to get first-hand information and also find out from their friends who have studied there.

4. In Conclusion

The surveys have a welcome move of also including colleges which do not have a favourable public perception. Bold surveys give the masses a second chance to know about the good colleges unknown to them so far.

This is an important step since the mass media in India is saturated with success stories of only 1 per cent of the total of 1,200 engineering colleges, giving a distorted vision for many and false pride for some. It is expected that the coming years, the surveys will be more refined. In such a scenario, beacons of college rankings from the lighthouse of magazines will guide the boatload of applicants to the islands of academic excellence.

Yogesh Upadhyaya is a chemical engineering graduate from IT – BHU and an MS ( chemical engineering ) from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Arvind Gupta, also an alumnus of IT – BHU, is CEO of e – Enable Technologies, New Delhi. The Dataquest survey rankings are published by the kind permission of Dataquest, a Cyber Media publication.