The process of ranking India’s Best Professional colleges began with an extensive listing of institutes, and writing to and contacting the directors of institutes who participated over the past years. This year, in an attempt to encourage new entrants across all streams and continued response from patrons, we conducted a rigorous follow-up with e-mail, phone calls and field visits to maximise participation. As is the norm, for most streams, colleges with government accreditation or affiliation, with at least three graduated batches, were considered.
Detailed objective questionnaires were then sent to over 1,900 colleges across the country in nine streams—Engineering, Medicine, Architecture, Dentistry, Law, Social Work, Hotel Management, Fashion and Mass Communication. Like last year, colleges were required to download the questionnaires from Outlook’s website as a step towards making it a fully online exercise.