Published On: Mon, May 21st, 2012

India Today – Neilsen India’s Best Universities survey ranks Delhi University on the top

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India Today in association with the Neilsen Company conducted a survey to list out the top universities in India in the arts, science and commerce streams. A rigorous step by step procedure has been adopted for the same. Institutions of national importance which specialize in only one area of knowledge such as engineering, medicine, law or journalism have not been included in the survey. Due to this reason, premier institutes IIT, AIIMS and NIT have been excluded from the list. The different parameters on which universities were judged were reputation, quality of academic input, faculty, research publications/projects, infrastructure, placement opportunities, and enrollment for higher education. To determine the ranks, in-depth interviews were conducted with experts to verify the above mentioned parameters. Desk research through internet, published reports and Association for India Universities Handbook were also used to generate the list of universities for the survey.

Best Universities in India: A Survey by India Today and Neilsen Company

S.No.

Name of University

Place

S.No.

Name of University

Place

1

Delhi University

Delhi

26

 Visva Bharati

Birbhum

2

Banaras Hindu University

Varanasi

27

Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University

Amravati

3

University of Calcutta

Kolkata

28

Mahatama Gandhi University

Kottayam

4

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Delhi

29

Punjabi University

Patiala

5

Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh

30

Burdwan University

Bardhaman

6

Osmania University

Hyderabad

31

Christ University

Bangalore

7

University of Madras

Chennai

32

Mangalore University

Mangalore

8

University of Allahabad

Allahabad

33

Kurukshetra University

Kurukshetra

9

University of Hyderabad

Hyderabad

34

University of Kerela

Thiruvananthapuram

10

Jamia Millia Islamia

Delhi

35

Amity University

Noida

11

Pondicherry University

Puducherry

36

Ranchi University

Ranchi

12

University of Mysore

Mysore

37

Kakatiya University

Warangal

13

Andhra University

Visakhapatnam

38

Sri Venkateswara University

Tirupati

14

Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

Vadodara

39

Bharathidasan University

Tiruchirappalli

15

University of Lucknow

Lucknow

40

Utkal University

Bhubaneswar

16

North eastern Hill University

Shillong

41

Himachal Pradesh University

Shimla

17

Goa University

Goa

42

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University

Aurangabad

18

Guru Nanak Dev University

Amritsar

43

Banasthali Vidyapith

Jaipur

19

Madurai Kamaraj University

Madurai

44

SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Chennai

20

Banglore University

Bangalore

45

Assam University

Silchar

21

Karnatak University

Dharwad

46

University of Calicut

Malappuram

22

Jain University

Bangalore

47

Bharati Vidyapeeth

Pune

23

Birla iNstitute of Science and Technology

Pilani

48

Patna University

Patna

24

Gauhati University

Guwahati

49

Cochin University of Science and Technology

Kochi

25

Symbiosis International University

Pune

50

Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth

Varanasi

 

A total of 337 experts (deans, registrars, readers and professors) were shown the list of 160 selected universities and were asked to rate them on identified parameters with an exception to their own university. They were then asked to distribute 100 points across the listed parameters. The overall score of a university was calculated on the basis of the ratings given by the experts on the five key parameters weighted by their importance. A number of 75 universities were then ranked based on their overall scores.

After collecting the factual information from these 75 universities, a comprehensive list of 50 universities who shared the date were selected to be ranked. The weightage of actual and factual information based on the expert opinions was utilized to get the overall score, which has been calculated by giving 50 percent weightage to actual and factual scores. After assigning these weights, the score was indexed to 100. Thus the methodology of ranking provides a comprehensive picture of each university rated.