The Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad (UoH) is the country’s top-ranked University department of communication and journalism, according to the latest rankings of mass communication and journalism institutions released by Outlook India based on a national perception survey.
The department, offering Masters and Doctoral programmes in communication for over 25 years, is the only public institution listed in the top 10 apart from Jamia’s MCRC, which is a research centre. Overall the department is ranked fourth among Top 10 colleges for Mass Communication in India with an overall score of 802.8 from a total of 1,000. The department, which is part of the S N School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, was ranked 4th overall and stood 2nd for Academic Excellence scoring 169.3, 3rd in Infrastructure with 208.
Besides AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia (an independent media centre), Department of Communication at UoH is the only department in a public university to be featured in the top five. The rest in the list are private institutes.
With national and international recognition for many of its faculty members, the department attracts students from across the country and a few from abroad. The alumni of the department have gone on to work in various media organizations and also took up academic positions in India and abroad.
The questionnaires measured colleges on five key parameters—selection process, academic excellence, infrastructure and facilities, personality development and industry exposure and placement. The weights of the parameters were kept constant to ensure comparability with last year’s rankings. These parameters and sub-parameters, and their relative importance and weightages were decided in 2010, in consultation with a panel of experts with experience in their respective fields.
A separate perceptual survey was conducted among students, faculty, HR professionals, recruiters, and journalists in Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Allahabad, Indore, Bhopal, Cochin, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Patna and Bhubaneswar.