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IIT Kharagpur ranked the 4th best Engineering College in India

IIT Kharagpur ranked the 4th best Engineering College in India

A recent Dataquest-IDC-Nasscom survey has ranked IIT Kharagpur as the 4th best Engineering college in India. IIT Kharagpur ’s “Composite Score” was 73.1, whereas #1 ranked IIT Kanpur scored 77.5. IIT Kharagpur was ranked #1 in the “Industry Interface” category.

No surprises. IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras and IIT Kharagpur, in that order, establish themselves comfortably in the top four and live up to our expectations.

It is not clear exactly what methodology was used to come up with the ranking.
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UPDATE: August 9 2005: Comments are now closed on this topic. If you have something really, really interesting to say on this topic, please send me an email (click on the link with my name below) and I will decide if its worth publishing or not.

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ May 22, 2005, 11:58 pm PDT    Filed under: Media    


  1. Most of these surveys have many loopholes, and IIT Delhi has done a very good thing by not participating in this survey. Recently IIMs have also decided not to participate in these kind of surveys. All these are marketing gimmicks to boost the sale of magazines. These surveys create more doubts then they clear.

    Comment by Akshat Gupta — May 24, 2005 @ 2:18 pm PDT

  2. I could not read the full article, thus my comments are limited to reading the blog thread.

    - Positives: Better than #7 ranking from last year by India Today, and #1 ranking in Industry Interface.
    - Other: I believe that it is important to understand the ranking process and methodology. We ought to participate since these rankings influences current and potential students, faculty and corporations. At the same time it is critical to keep the focus on building a great institution and not get caught up with rankings.
    - Thus, I support participating in the rankings, commend those who are building IIT Kharagpur into a great institution and encourage those on the sidelines to get involved in IIT Kharagpur’s Vision 2020.

    Comment by Shail Kumar — May 24, 2005 @ 11:26 pm PDT

  3. yeah, i fully agree with akshat that these r just stunts of some magazines to boost the sales. IITs do differ in rank is a questionable question in itself. The methodology of India Today and likes is never ever mentioned nor is fool proof, it all reduces on what ppl think abt it, which is so subjective and biased. Do these magazines consider some normalising factor for discrepancy of judgements or not is not made clear, even, so its not worth a point to be raised that IIT xyz got nth rank in some abc magazine survey.

    Comment by nimesh priyodit — June 2, 2005 @ 10:04 am PDT

  4. All this ranking thing is absurd, nd shud’nt be carried out. These rankings raises more questions than answers nd cannot satisfy a particular group or the other.No dowbt IITKGP is the best insti in india nd has a fame outside also.All the other institutes follows IITKGP nd can’t stand in front of us.
    yo KGP.

    maza aa gaya bolke.he he.lol

    Comment by Terrorhead — June 2, 2005 @ 10:06 am PDT

  5. The timing of the publication of ranking is to be noted , by which it can influence the students to opt for those schools.
    It makes one to suspect why not some of the not so well known schools influence the publisher to figure in top 10.
    We have to develop some authentic way of ranking the schools

    Comment by Sathyamurthi — June 3, 2005 @ 2:21 am PDT

  6. It’s no point comparing the IITs. The education pattern followed and the facilities provided are pretty much the same. Also, the strangest part is that these rankings fluctuate so wildly over the years. An institute ranked first one year becomes 7th the next! Doesn’t make sense does it? …
    anyways, if u do insist on comparing KGP ROCKS!

    Comment by Rahul — June 8, 2005 @ 4:46 am PDT

  7. with the kinda shady life iitkgp as comapared to bombay and delhi has……it hardly can ever be no1.

    Comment by ankit — June 9, 2005 @ 5:31 am PDT

  8. all this ranking stuff is a crap especially the survey by India Today. How come IIT Kharagpur fall down to 7th place after being on top for 3 consecutive years . IIT Kharagpur was ranked 1st in infrastructure in 2003 and meagre 7th in 2004 and somewhat like that in 2005. Was there a sabotage that the rank changed so much? Bengal Engineering college is there in top 10 and i had not heard about this college before. IIT Roorkee and BITS Pilani have suffered the most.

    Comment by Raveesh Bhardwaj — June 10, 2005 @ 3:15 am PDT

  9. Anybody who sees the ranking will realise that they are completely farce!
    What or for that matter where is Bengal engineering College?
    and BIT Mesra…hell!

    What about BITS Pilani, Delhi College of Engineering and IIT Roorkee…sure all 3 are far far better than BEC..?

    Comment by Arnav — June 12, 2005 @ 11:52 pm PDT

  10. all this ranking is a farce….. recently i saw in some rankings bits-p as no 1(parameters included quality of ragging,facilities like sauna,student’s attendance etc)

    Comment by santosh — June 15, 2005 @ 6:32 am PDT

  11. […] up.com/itoday/20050613″ title=”India Today, June 13th 2005″> Close on the heels of the Dataquest survey comes yet another survey by India Today-AC NIELSEN-ORG-M […]

    Pingback by IIT Foundation [ India Today “Top 10 Colleges of India” ] — June 17, 2005 @ 9:09 am PDT

  12. “Rankings”.. it’s different by different sources.. when it’s dataquest nasscom.. you see some colleges like nitw, nitt, thapar, netaji subhash, pec chandigarh, etc.. that have ousted the most deserving BITS-PLIANI and IITR out of the list..and when it’s india today.. some colleges like bits-mesra and bec showing their presence in top 10.. i am a graduate of nitt.. and i seriously believe that we lack in everything when compared to any IIT or BITS-Pilani and so do some other nits as well..

    As mentioned above in a post by mr. santosh.. i would like to add regarding the ranking which we might have seen.. here’s the link
    In this ranking you can see RECT at 1st position in terms of Quality of Mess food.. only this parameter is enough to call it farce.. and my experience at rect says that we had the worst food amongst all the recs (now nits)..

    the most important point… even if these rankings put a or b or any other unheard college in top 10.. students join only the most reputed institutes.. even if IITR and BITS-P don’t stand in top 10 according to these rankings.. doesn’t mean it will not attract best students.. the legacy will continue forever.. the best students will join these institutes only.. and don’t get surprised if next time IIT-X ousts out of top 10.. but for sure they are at top 10.. my perception says that at top 10 we have.. 7 IITs and BITS-Pilani.. rest two can be any NIT, DCE, VJTI, PSG Tech, Anna, RV..

    Comment by deepak rajput — June 19, 2005 @ 8:48 am PDT

  13. hi iam NSITiian i firmly beleive in the rankings. our collge has made good strides in the past few years with winning the award for best performance in 2002 all over india

    Comment by ravi — June 26, 2005 @ 1:15 am PDT

  14. Hi I went to campus interviews for almost all colleges in eastern india,and found that BEC students to be one of the best as far as technical capabilities are concerned.Most of them were better than their counterparts from IIT Guwhati.

    Comment by amitava — June 28, 2005 @ 9:12 pm PDT

  15. i do think that bits pilani deserve a place in top ten

    Comment by akshay — July 2, 2005 @ 2:16 am PDT

  16. i think ROORKE BINNG ASIA’S 1ST ENGINEERING College Is the best.Reasons of it not being highlited are :1)Its recent conversion to an IIT.I think that it will be RANKED indias THE BEST ENGINEERING COLLEGE AFTER 4years.Due to lack of MEDIAS AWARENESS.

    Comment by vikas — July 11, 2005 @ 5:29 am PDT

  17. i think ROORKE BINNG ASIA’S 1ST ENGINEERING College Is the best.Reasons of it not being highlited are :1)Its recent conversion to an IIT.I think that it will be RANKED indias BEST ENGINEERING COLLEGE AFTER 4years.Due to lack of MEDIAS AWARENESS.

    Comment by vikas — July 11, 2005 @ 5:31 am PDT

  18. BITS-P and India Today have some issues apparently. This explains why there was no mention even of the address of the college even in the magazine.

    Comment by hari — July 14, 2005 @ 3:53 am PDT

  19. i don’t think these surveys show the real rankings.thapar institute,patiala is given 9th rank while NIT,trichy ,8th. i think there is still a vast difference between the two colleges.if thapar can be in top 10, then the colleges like VIT, vellore(40th rank)and the other like colleges which r providing nice infrastructure and providing good placement as compared to thapar should also be in top 10.and that is not possible when they r compared to IITs and BITS-P.so theses rankings don’t clear doubts.infact they create more doubts

    Comment by arun — July 15, 2005 @ 12:13 am PDT

  20. Well iit kanpur is really good. now if u talkin about infrastructure then yes, i dont think any iit(even) can rival iitk. its really that good. ive been to iitm, iitb, iitd. No competition as far as infrastructure is concerned. also the faculty is brilliant. Oh and if you guys are talkin about institiutes other than iits then lemme tell you, hardly a place which matches the atmosphere of St. Xavier’s Bombay. its a cut above and the exposure to many various fields it provides is phenomenal. Includes lectures by nobel laureates too..

    Comment by kedar — July 16, 2005 @ 3:51 am PDT

  21. well,its good to se the iits aptly grabbing the top posts,however how can BITS-PILANI be left out.its technically and academically so much advanced.heard there is a pending cort case between bits and india today,but these all should not hamper the true status of a particular college,,

    Comment by v arjun — July 21, 2005 @ 7:46 am PDT

  22. I am a student and I finished Intermediate(equivalent to 12th) and i recently got admitted to BITS,Pilani through BITSAT-2005. I was shocked to find that BITS,Pilani didnt make it to the top 10 engineering colleges. Though I knew later on that BITS opted out of the rankings, i think its unfair on India Today’s part not even to mention it. I went through a horrifying phase. I think media ranking ought to be more sensible and not such a farce. They create a tremendous impact on students and I think they ought to be more responsible.
    I agree though that IIT’s are the best institutes in India. But hey…give other reputed colleges like BITS a chance!

    Comment by Ravi Kiran — July 25, 2005 @ 3:51 am PDT

  23. Arnav does not know where BIT Mesra is. My god there are too many ill informed people in India.

    Comment by Debasish — July 27, 2005 @ 5:59 pm PDT

  24. whether these rankings are reliable or not? it doesn’t really matter. IIT’s are undoubtedly the top institutes in india. it would make sense if these magazines rank colleges other than them. bcoz out of 15,000 students who qualify the IIT-screening, around 10,000 don’t get into IIT’s and these people need to know more about colleges other than IITs. else these magazines are wasting a lot of time and effort in deciding which IIT tops every year. has to be tough to compare every IIT against each other.

    Comment by Anush — August 1, 2005 @ 6:40 am PDT

  25. BITS-Pilani is no doubt the best engineering college in India. Many IITians would love to get in it if it was accesible. Problem is to get into BITS, not only one has tobe a topper but also must have money as it is a private college and hence the most expensive. It is not funded by the government like IITs. BITS graduates have excelled throughout the world as top executives, engineers.

    Comment by Mahendra Dalmia — August 8, 2005 @ 10:12 am PDT

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