Apart from being the leading technology giants in the world, there is something else that cannot be unseen in companies such as Google, Microsoft, Adobe, Cognizant, Sandisk, Nokia and NetApp. It does not pertain to their services or market share, but something that is linked with individuals who lead these prestigious organizations. All of them are helmed by CEOs of Indian origin. Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, Shantanu Narayen, Francisco D'Souza, Sanjay Mehrotra, Rajeev Suri and George Kurian; they are all of Indian descent and have achieved fame, glory and success across the globe.
The technology sector has been the biggest platform for Indians to display their talent and capabilities. Studies show that there are more Indian CEOs than any other nationality after Americans in S&P 500 companies. While India continues to play its vital role among the countries that produce great human resources to drive the world economy, there is a common consensus that good education, technical expertise, ability to work in difficult situations and managerial skills help Indians achieve great strides in the global arena. But, in India, do we really get a good education? If the answer is a yes, then why do Indian higher educational institutions fail to make their mark in the global rankings?
While the absence of Indian institutes in the global rankings has become recurrent theme, a majority of our academicians do not consider Indian higher educational institutions as bad as the global rankings make them out to be. Indeed, they claim that, it is the global ranking systems that have loaded with methodological flaws and therefore unable to capture each country's ground realities. The main objection is that global rankings do not adequately reflect the existence of a broad spectrum of institutions with very different missions, incommensurable resources and of varying sizes. For instance, major rankings agencies like Times Higher Education and Quacquarelli Symonds consider multiple performance indicators ranging from the number of research papers produced and the number of citations those papers received to the international faculty and international student ratio. In India, with growing number young population and their appetite for higher education, the universities focus more on teaching as many people as possible rather than creating a knowledge base or superior research facilities. However, the purpose of any rankings on higher education is to measure the performance of an institution and provide students, academicians, employers and all other stakeholders with information on which institutions offer the best quality of education. Thus, despite procedural imperfections, global rankings do more than benchmark performance.
Looking to the future, it is evident that given the increasing internationalization of higher education and the competitive pressures on institutions, the debate on rankings will continue. However, we at The Higher Education Review Magazine value the positive impacts that a comprehensive ranking mechanism can create on a higher education system and therefore release our latest edition of 'Top 25 Private/Deemed Universities in India Survey 2016.' Here, we understand that India's best Universities are run by the Government; but the smartest universities that are emerging are doing so in the private sector. Hence, we provide assistance to the large community of students in India and enable them to choose the very best for themselves, by ranking the Top 25 Private/Deemed Universities in India every year.
Identifying the Top 25 Private/Deemed Universities in India is a sophisticated exercise in information-gathering and analysis: here we detail the criteria used to assess the country's greatest private universities. The primary aim of this survey is to help students make informed comparisons of Private/Deemed Universities around the country. Based on various performance indicators, the rankings are designed to assess universities in five major areas: Academic Excellence, Infrastructure, Placement, University Background and Alumni Factor.
i. Academic Excellence (30%)
Academic excellence is more than just making good grades. Here, we evaluate the academic excellence of universities in terms of their ability to perform, achieve and/or excel in scholastic activities including the expertise of faculty members, number of research papers published, frequency and quantity of these publications and many more data related to it.
ii. Infrastructure (20%)
A state-of-the-art infrastructure is an eye-catching feature of most of the private universities in India. For anything from three years upwards, a university's campus will be the home for thousands of students. From campus area to the factors like labs, IT infrastructure, library facilities, student accommodation and sporting facilities, our expert panel measures the quality of the university's infrastructure comprehensively.
iii. Career Outcomes (30%)
Making student ready to face the challenges of today's industry is one of the major of focuses of the universities across the country. We identify universities with the most impressive job placement rates that are offering a group of schools dedicated to help students in finding well-suited careers under the aid of a well-established career services department.
iv. University Background (10%)
This is where our ranking on universities becomes unique. Along with Academic Excellence, Infrastructure Facilities and Career Outcomes, there are things we look for a university such as how socially progressive they are, their adoption of environmentally responsible practices, how controversial and independent they allow their professors to be and so on.
v. Alumni Factor (10%)
Alumni members are the ambassadors of a university. Alumni loyalty, financial success and other measures of satisfaction determine the success of universities. We evaluate universities in India using an alumni perspective survey.
With stringent performance indicators, we have identified the best universities that are performing well under the major parameters such as Academic Excellence, Infrastructure and Placements. The survey also lists Top Private/Deemed Medical Universities in India along with some newly established universities that have strong ideologies and innovative pedagogies under the Top 10 Emerging Universities in India (Colleges turned into universities) category. We hope our efforts to create this exhaustive blue print elucidating the ideas about Private/ Deemed Universities help the student across the country to make accurate decisions about their study destinations.