How we Ranked them? | digitalLEARNING Magazine
January 2016

How we Ranked them?

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rankingsIn the extremely crowded and emerging education market of India, performers of various hues are differentiating themselves in myriad ways of which ranking remains a dominant facet.

Most of the prevalent ranking frameworks focus on a linear standalone position in a hierarchy or scale, which at times doesn’t reflect the eclectic diversity across educational ecosystems in varied geographies.

Mapping and Communicating the wide variegated range of institutional parameters and foci again is a daunting task whereby a one-size-fit-all approach just doesn’t fit the bill.

Having been into the segment for quite a while observing the developments of India’s Education System, we at digitalLEARNING thought of expanding this quest for ranking India’s Best Schools across the country.

A new differentiated approach based on the parameters of:

  • Stakeholder perception indexing using social communication tools;
  • Online and social analytics driven parameters; and
  • Segmenting the business of ranking to the granularity of cities, christened as eduDESTINATIONS has been attempted.

A select list of schools were thereby shortlisted from these 73 eduDESTINATIONS based on secondary editorial research and ranking nominations. This created a cogent sample to base social perception ranking on.

Perception-based Social Indexing

The entire attempt of finding out the Best Schools of India for the year 2015 was therefore based on a set of five perception based parameters namely:

  • Goodwill, Legacy & Reputation
  • Academic Ecosystem & Outcomes
  • Future-ready Academic Infrastructure
  • Enrichment of Learning Experience
  • Career Advancement

An elaborate social survey was thereby configured on the basis of aforesaid parameters. The shortlisted schools were communicated to approach the wards of their students so that they can rate and rank them on these parameters.

This was perhaps one of the most unprecedented attempts whereby the service providers invited there service seekers to rank their performance on an open platform where they had no control or influence over the outcomes. You would, therefore, find a significant variance of participation across eduDESTINATIONS on this count. There are cities where schools couldn’t decipher the intent of the same and thereby missed the boat.

S.No.CityStateZone
1IndoreMadhya PradeshCentral
2DhanbadJharkhandCentral
3GwaliorMadhya PradeshCentral
4MuzaffarpurBiharCentral
5BokaroJharkhandCentral
6BhagalpurBiharCentral
7BhopalMadhya PradeshCentral
8BilaspurChhatisgarhCentral
9JamshedpurJharkhandCentral
10PatnaBiharCentral
11RanchiJharkhandCentral
12GuwahatiAssamEast
13CuttackOdishaEast
14BhubaneswarOdishaEast
15AsansolWest BengalEast
16DarjeelingWest BengalEast
17KolkataWest BengalEast
18ChandigarhUTNorth
19LudhianaPunjabNorth
20NoidaUttar PradeshNorth
21West DelhiDelhiNorth
22South DelhiDelhiNorth
23Central DelhiDelhiNorth
24KanpurUttar PradeshNorth
25GurgaonHaryanaNorth
26AllahabadUttar PradeshNorth
27East DelhiDelhiNorth
28LucknowUttar PradeshNorth
29North DelhiDelhiNorth
30AgraUttar PradeshNorth
31AmbalaHaryanaNorth
32AmritsarPunjabNorth
33DehradunUttarakhandNorth
34FaridabadHaryanaNorth
35GhaziabadUttar PradeshNorth
36HaridwarUttarakhandNorth
37HisarHaryanaNorth
38JalandharPunjabNorth
39JammuJammu & KashmirNorth
40MeerutUttar PradeshNorth
41MussoorieUttarakhandNorth
42NainitaluttarakhandNorth
43PanchkulaHaryanaNorth
44PatialaPunjabNorth
45ShimlaHimachal PradeshNorth
46SonipatHaryanaNorth
47VaranasiUttar PradeshNorth
48HyderabadTelanganaSouth
49BengaluruKarnatakaSouth
50KochiKeralaSouth
51ChennaiTamil NaduSouth
52VijayawadaAndhra PradeshSouth
53CalicutKeralaSouth
54CoimbatoreTamil NaduSouth
55MysoreKarnatakaSouth
56TrivandrumKeralaSouth
57VelloreTamil NaduSouth
58VisakhapatnamAndhra PradeshSouth
59JaipurRajasthanWest
60North MumbaiMaharashtraWest
61South MumbaiMaharashtraWest
62West MumbaiMaharashtraWest
63AjmerRajasthanWest
64East MumbaiMaharashtraWest
65AlwarRajasthanWest
66AhmedabadGujaratWest
67KotaRajasthanWest
68NagpurMaharashtraWest
69NasikMaharashtraWest
70PuneMaharashtraWest
71SuratGujaratWest
72UdaipurRajasthanWest
73VadodaraGujaratWest

Online Presence & Social Media Footprints

In this age of online and social engagement, there are quite a number of analytics tools which present key insights about the online presence and social footprints indices which reveal a lot about the progressiveness of the brand concerned.

For measuring the online presence of the shortlisted schools, we made use of the Domain Authority metric from moz. com. Domain Authority is a score (on a 100-point scale) developed by Moz that predicts how well a website will rank on search engines. To determine Domain Authority, moz employs machine learning against Google’s algorithm to best model how search engine results are generated. Over 40 signals are included in this calculation. This ensures that a website’s domain authority can be used as a competitive metric against other sites.

An elaborate social survey was configured on the basis of aforesaid parameters. The shortlisted schools were communicated to approach the wards of their students so that they can rate and rank them on these parameters

The online presence of all schools has to be computed on the basis of domain authority metric of moz.

Facebook has become the most ubiquitous means of stakeholder engagement. The number of facebook likes on the school page is the simplest metric to compute the social engagement being pursued. This has become the basis of Social Footprints ranking.

End Note

Every school is unique with a differentiated set of foci depending on the view of the management about the end outcomes of learning. The Best Schools of India 2015 is an earnest attempt to unravel the best aspects of each of the participating schools.

digitalLEARNING would build upon this view and approach and shall present further ranking indices on a different set of parameters in times to come. This elaborate inclusive ranking framework shall give an overview to all the stakeholders about the vivid elements of school education in the country.

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