It’s a great news that MHRD took initiative to create a framework for ranking engineering colleges in India. I am totally curious about ranking methodologies as I am extremely lucky to have a chance to work with India’s top guns on stats. I also had an opportunity to see how a statistical framework can be developed to analyze the data.

When it comes to framework I see few important parameters are missing completely like Student Quality joining the institute and competitiveness of the entrance exam. Faculty Quality and new faculty preference was also ignored. Faculty to student ratio is a good parameter but it cannot be idealized in India because of our intakes are forced by government (for IITs and NITs) private colleges have their own way of managing faculty. These factors are most important when it comes to placements in world class companies. Moreover, IITs see almost 100 percent placements I doubt about the placements in the top institutes ranked by this framework.

The most surprising entry which actually made me challenge who MHRD NIRF ranking is VIT (may be you don’t know it is called Vellore Institute of Technology) at 13th place well above few new IITs and NITs and even BITS. Many private colleges are well above NIT Warangal, which is placed at 28th place. I think one few of the most important parameters are ignored and I am really not sure about the accuracy of data being collected. I visited these universities and tried to compare faculty there was actually no match between IIT, NIT faculty and the people teaching in these private schools.

After analyzing GATE as well as JOSAA cutoffs having collected all faculty information for month form IITs and NITs I feel that if students have to choose they still have to go from IITs and NITs. Beyond a single doubt IITB is best among IITs for now and NIT Warangal is top second NIT in the country. For ranking based on Student Quality and faculty Quality. Have a look at IIT Ranking 2015 and NIT Ranking 2015 for more details.
Another important point missed when it comes to student teacher ratio. How a bunch more teachers with not even a PhD can be compared with Highly qualified teachers teaching a bit higher number of brightest possible students. Have a look at the colleges ranked above IITs and NITs in the below list for complete list check MHRD NIRF ranking.

Rank Institute City State Score
1 Indian Institute of Technology, Madras Chennai Tamil Nadu 89.41
2 Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Bombay Maharashtra 87.66
3 Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur Kharagpur West Bengal 83.91
4 Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi New Delhi Delhi 82.02
5 Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Kanpur Uttar Pradesh 81.07
6 Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee Roorkee Uttarakhand 78.68
7 Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana 77.22
8 Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar Ahmedabad Gujarat 75.2
9 Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar-Rupnagar Rupnagar Punjab 74.88
10 Indian Institute of Technology, Patna Patna Bihar 74.68
11 Indian Institute of Technology, North Guwahati Guwahati Assam 74.62
12 National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu 74.45
13 Vellore Institute of Technology Vellore Tamil Nadu 74.4
14 Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi Varanasi Uttar Pradesh 74.39
15 Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology Surat Gujarat 73.13
16 Indian Institute of Technology, Indore Indore Madhya Pradesh 72
17 Birla Institute of Technology Ranchi Jharkhand 71.8
18 Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur (Deemed University)-Nagpur Nagpur Maharashtra 71.29
19 National Institute of Technology, Rourkela-Rourkela Rourkela Odisha 70.8
20 Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi Mandi Himachal Pradesh 70.32
21 College of Engineering, Pune Pune Maharashtra 69.71
22 National Institute of Technology, Karnataka-Mangalore Mangalore Karnataka 68.95
23 Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad Uttar Pradesh 67.94
24 Psg College of Technology-Coimbatore Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 67.8
25 Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur Jodhpur Rajasthan 67.68
26 Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar Odisha 67.58
27 Thapar University-Patiala Patiala Punjab 67.51
28 National Institute of Technology, Warangal Warangal Telangana 67.12
29 Thiagarajar College of Engineering-Madurai Madhurai Tamil Nadu 66.51
30 National Institute of Technology, Durgapur Durgapur West Bengal 65.4
31 Amrita School of Engineering Karunagapalli Kerala 63.94
32 Kalinga Institue of Industrial Technology Bhubaneswar Odisha 63.4
33 M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology-Bangalore Bangalore Karnataka 63.39
34 Coimbatore Institute of Technology-Coimbatore Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 62.58
35 R.V. College of Engineering-Bengaluru Bangalore Karnataka 62.26
35 National Institute of Technology, Calicut Calicut Kerala 62.26

The whole ranking looks like either based on a wrong data sets and biased or done by India Today, or Out Look or Data Quest team, who usually rank colleges based on some parameter which no one understands. I don’t see any sensible student or parent would follow this ranking for their admissions. Overall, MHRD National Institutional Ranking Framework 2016 results Looks rigged and beyond acceptance to be followed or used.

I think a better approach to rank Engineering institutes in India based on Student and teach Quality, which eventually result in top researchers, entrepreneur, and great placements.

I am sending a request to MHRD for more details and data to try rebuild this ranking and see if they really are worth looking at or just a publicity stunt usually done by magazines and news papers for higher sales a year.

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