It is time to move beyond
When we attempted for the first time to rate engineering colleges, there was only one brief that we gave ourselves - move beyond the “Top 100 syndrome”. While excellence must be celebrated, for a country of India’s size and diversity, one needs to have institutions that offer good education in plenty. We strongly believe that not all the 3600-odd (yes, that is the quantum of engineering colleges in the country) offer good education. Some of them have no business being in the business of education. And many of them are facing bleak days. The recent AICTE report says, 165 colleges have applied for closure. Many colleges especially in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are unable to fill their allocated seats.
And this has prompted many educationists to stop further expansion of engineering colleges. Nothing can be more detrimental to the students’ interests. Let more colleges come up every day. Good ones will survive, the bad apples must die. Careers360 believes that good colleges must be promoted; great efforts from any college irrespective of pedigree or ownership must be recognized and applauded. So we began an ambitious attempt to rate them all but based on available information we could finally rate 3217. This is the largest number of colleges ever rated in the country in any discipline. We have used the cut-off figures provided by different states to identify and cluster them.
After preliminary rating, we used secondary information on infrastructure, faculty quality, placements, industry interface and research output to identify and present the top 1000 colleges. These have been rated on an eight point scale (AAAA to A-). In each level of grading, colleges have been alphabetically arranged in the print edition for ease of reading. For those desirous of knowing the standing within a grade (say AA), do visit our ranking page at www.engineering.careers360.com.
Our aim is always to give you, the student, the right information that will enhance the quality of decisions you take. We hope this issue would help you do exactly that. Read to learn, reflect and decide.
Rating of Institutions
Top class institution
Very high quality institution
High quality institution
Better quality institution
Good quality institution
The decision to zero down to one seat in one college for at least four years of your life is extremely crucial. While we listen to the views and perception of alumni, parents, peers, and friends; we also value objective information based on facts and figures, as we try to frame an opinion about a professional institution. The 2013 engineering college rating derives its robustness by paying considerable focus on parameters such as admission cut-offs, faculty members, accreditation, research output and placements, of which the first factor is particularly significant.
The process of rating the engineering institutions began as early as last summer when we garnered information from different examination conducting authority/boards as and when they came by or we asked for. This included data from different State Examination Boards, the Joint Engineering Entrance conducting institution, stand-alone institutions conducting their own examination and so on which ranged from admission process, seat intake, counselling process, cut-off ranks and/or scores, placement reports, accreditation reports and such information. We also scanned the institutes’ official websites, their mandatory disclosures and also invited interested institutes to participate in our national survey.
All the collected data was cross-checked and verified from multiple sources to ensure their authenticity to the maximum possible. We also analysed the publication records of the institutes in international databases. The data was then processed through our unique and tested Input-Process-Output methodology, adapted for Engineering Colleges (See table for break-up). The scores had to be normalized to account for the unevenness in the available data. The opening and closing ranks of different entrance exams were synthesized in the rating and the Max-Min concept was used.
The result before you is a unified, composite rating of over 1000 colleges giving you a comprehensive state-wise list of Institutes of National Importance such as IITs and NITs; Central Universities, Deemed Universities, State-Private Universities and institutes that admit based on state entrance tests.
We hope this will help you substantially in taking an informed decision about your choice in the engineering education space.
A Preliminary Clustering: Admission cut-offs provided by the state board
B Rating of colleges: Based on a max- min schema of the cut-offs (rank or marks) available for the best and worst branches of each engineering college
C Discrimination within clusters: Research output, institutional infrastructure, accreditation, faculty data and other available parameters