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Smithies Where Our Future Will Be Forged

In these stormy times, Outlook's annual ranking of India's top professional colleges—in its fourth edition, this time with GfK-Mode—is an island of reassuring calm.

Smithies Where Our Future Will Be Forged
Narendra Bisht
Smithies Where Our Future Will Be Forged
Outlook-GfK-Mode Survey

Top 3 Engineering Colleges

  • IIT, Kharagpur
  • IIT, Bombay
  • IIT, Kanpur
Top 3 Medical Colleges
  • AIIMS, Delhi
  • CMC, Vellore
  • AFMC, Pune
Top 3 Dental Colleges
  • CDS, Manipal
  • Maulana Azad, Delhi
  • Govt Dental College, Mumbai
Top 3 Law Colleges
  • NLSIU, Bangalore
  • NUJS, Calcutta
  • NALSR, Hyderabad
Top 3 Colleges For Social Work
  • TISS, Mumbai
  • DSSW, Delhi Univ
  • CSW, Mumbai Univ
Top 3 Architecture
  • IIT, Kharagpur
  • Sir JJ College, Mumbai
  • SPA, Delhi
Top 3 Mass Communication
  • IIMC, Delhi
  • Xavier Inst, Mumbai
  • AJ Kidwai, Delhi
Top 3 Hotel Management Colleges
  • IHM, Mumbai
  • Oberoi Centre, Delhi
  • IHM, Delhi


  • Government biggies like the IITs in Kharagpur, Kanpur and Roorkee topped in placement with 100% success rates.
  • 41% of the Top 75 engineering colleges are privately owned. Colleges like BITS Pilani top private ranks.
  • Only two private colleges topped in their categories: TISS, Mumbai, and Manipal Dental College.
  • 10 of the Top 15 dental colleges are from south India. Eight of them are private institutions.


It's been a terrible year, professionally speaking, and one that has dulled the sheen of the India Story. Even if the economic slowdown currently looks like a figment of the Sensex's imagination, there's no denying the harsh realities: the jobs market has swung from irrational exuberance to an irrational freeze. While the pendulum will swing back, it'll be a while before we see 40 per cent annual pay hikes again. More worryingly, manufacturing and exports remain in the dumps. While much of the attention has been on the middle class' bewilderment at this dramatic turn of events, it is the armies of skilled and semi-skilled workers who have been hit the most. They continue to have reason to worry.

In these stormy times, Outlook's annual ranking of India's top professional colleges—in its fourth edition, this time with GfK-Mode—is an island of reassuring calm. That's because there are many familiar top-ranked institutions in the perceptual listings—an indication, if any was needed, of mind over glitzy matter. Given the advertising barrage by institutes of all types claiming "cent per cent placements" and promising a "good college life", this is a crucial need. Interestingly, industry professionals who participated in the survey gave more importance to academic excellence and the selection process—and lower weightage to an institute's infrastructure and placement track record. There is a lesson here somewhere for prospective students.

Then, we have a brand new minister for HRD, with plans to radically transform higher education. Actually there's no better time than now to fix the mess. Outlook interviewed Kapil Sibal to get a sense of his gameplan for higher education. We have also sought views on two issues that will dominate headlines in the months to come: the future of many deemed universities and the move to allow foreign universities into India. A scarier, and more immediate, concern is the horrible reality of capitation fees and ragging. Our report on the measures to tackle ragging highlights the lack of any action on the ground. It also paints a disturbing picture about our society's value systems.

Last year, we had said that it was a wonderful time to be a young student in India. Happily, that fundamental reality remains—students have more choices than ever before, which is mirrored in the new streams we have added to this year's ranking. As always, choose wisely.

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