In a recent chat with one of the leading entrepreneurs in the education arena, I brought up the topic of the all India ranking system that the HRD ministry is planning to introduce in early 2016. There he explained that ranking an institution based on general parameters such as faculty strength, infrastructure and placements may be a blanket methodology to evaluate most institutions but there may be many exceptions, especially in a country like India. There are many institutions in the country that intend to improve the literacy rate of a certain geographical location or targets students from a certain demographic. Do such institutions need to participate and excel in such blanket rankings? The answer may tip to either side. In order to evaluate institutions and eliminate all biases and prejudices, ranking authorities should attempt to first understand the mission of each entity and rank them based on their accomplishments based on their mission statements. Such a ranking, if it ever becomes a reality, will do justice to all institutions in their own right.
In this issue of Higher Education Review, we present to you Engineering College of the Year, 2015. With many experts on the panel, we at Higher Education Review understand the pain of Engineering Colleges in the country that are striving relentlessly to provide a conducive learning environment to aspiring students by overcoming the modern day challenges. 'Higher Education Review's Engineering College of the Year, 2015,' a yearly listing that we have been showcasing since our inception lists Engineering institutes that have been relentlessly striving to improve their services. Our expert team consisting of top HR managers and Educationalists, evaluated hundreds of nominations we received to come up with a comprehensive set of Engineering Colleges in the country that have performed well in parameters such as Infrastructure, Faculty, Industry interaction, Innovative programs and Research and Placements. We sincerely hope that our efforts will help the large community of students who are confused about choosing the right Engineering College in the country. The cover story of this issue features REVA University in its alluring campus of architectural brilliance. The story tells the success story of a private university that achieved a lot within the span of a year.
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