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The process to rank the best professional colleges began with extensive secondary research to establish the criteria for selecting the master list of colleges and institutions. Only those with government recognition (accreditation/affiliation) and with at least three passed-out batches were considered. Then, detailed questionnaires were sent to over 1,000 colleges in nine streams: engineering, medicine, dentistry, law, hotel management, social work, fashion technology, architecture and mass communication. These questionnaires were also hosted on the Outlook and mdra websites. Repeated follow-ups were undertaken to obtain responses from the colleges.

Given the quantum and quality of responses, only three streams—engineering, law and hotel management—were deemed fit for objective analysis. The three streams were evaluated on a combination of objective and perceptual data (with equal weights). A panel of 120 experts from the corporate sector and academia were carefully selected for consultation on establishing the parameters and sub-parameters for ranking and their importance. Based on this, weights were assigned. For the remaining six fields—medicine, dentistry, social work, fashion technology, architecture and mass communication—a fully perceptual survey has been undertaken.

The perceptual survey was carried out in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune. Field researchers visited many institutes to conduct questionnaire-based interviews among 331 senior faculty members and 357 final-year students from different streams. Another 147 recruiters/professionals were also interviewed. They were asked to select and rank top professional colleges (streams relevant to their field), nationally as well as in their zones. Total marks were calculated by cumulating the ranks given by the three
categories (students, faculty, recruiters/professionals) after giving separate weights to each category.

Disclosure: MDRA is associated with the CMS Academy of Communication & Convergence Studies

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