The University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been ranked 3rd among India’s 38 Best Universities by the India Today Magazine dated July 2, 2018. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), University of Delhi (DU), are at first and second positions respectively. UoH has been ranked the highest in the country for Reputation and Governance category among all institutions. In 2017 the UoH was ranked fifth in the country..

Reacting to the rankings UoH Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Appa Rao Podile said, “It’s wonderful to see the University performing well and being recognised among the top institutions of the Country. UoH will focus on providing quality education and research along with state-of-the-art infrastructure which will sustain us to be among the best Universities in the World.”

The India Today Best Universities survey, conducted by the Marketing and Development Research Associates (MDRA), examined the country’s universities in four streams, general (arts, science and commerce), technical, medical and legal. Universities that offer postgraduate courses in these streams were considered.

A list of 700 universities was generated, based on secondary data sources, such as the Internet, published reports and the Association of Indian Universities Handbook, and suggestions from experts. Between November 2017 and May 2018, around 318 experts across the country were asked to rank these universities. The experts, deans, registrars, department heads, professors, were not allowed to rate their own university.

The rankings were done on the following parameters:

· Reputation and Governance
· Academic and Research Excellence
· Infrastructure and Living Experience
· Personality and Leadership Development
· Career Progression and Placement

The ratings of experts determined the perceptual rank of a university. In the next stage, the universities were contacted for factual data. Comprehensive objective questionnaire was designed for each category. Nearly 100 universities responded to the survey with detailed information.

The factual data was sought on these parameters: admissions and students’ performance, infrastructure, placements, academic input, research and publication, awards, industry interface and faculty. All factual information provided by a university was checked and in many cases physical audits were conducted to verify the objective data provided by the University. Perceptual survey was carried out among 318 well informed respondents (23 VCs/Pro-VCs, 96 Directors/Deans/Registrars, 199 Senior Faculty/HoDs) across 23 cities all over the country.

The universities that did not provide factual data were not considered. The perceptual rank and the factual rank were combined to derive the final rankings.

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