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. City State Zone
1 Indore Madhya Pradesh Central
2 Dhanbad Jharkhand Central
3 Gwalior Madhya Pradesh Central
4 Muzaffarpur Bihar Central
5 Bokaro Jharkhand Central
6 Bhagalpur Bihar Central
7 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh Central
8 Bilaspur Chhatisgarh Central
9 Jamshedpur Jharkhand Central
10 Patna Bihar Central
11 Ranchi Jharkhand Central
12 Guwahati Assam East
13 Cuttack Odisha East
14 Bhubaneswar Odisha East
15 Asansol West Bengal East
16 Darjeeling West Bengal East
17 Kolkata West Bengal East
18 Chandigarh UT North
19 Ludhiana Punjab North
20 Noida Uttar Pradesh North
21 West Delhi Delhi North
22 South Delhi Delhi North
23 Central Delhi Delhi North
24 Kanpur Uttar Pradesh North
25 Gurgaon Haryana North
26 Allahabad Uttar Pradesh North
27 East Delhi Delhi North
28 Lucknow Uttar Pradesh North
29 North Delhi Delhi North
30 Agra Uttar Pradesh North
31 Ambala Haryana North
32 Amritsar Punjab North
33 Dehradun Uttarakhand North
34 Faridabad Haryana North
35 Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh North
36 Haridwar Uttarakhand North
37 Hisar Haryana North
38 Jalandhar Punjab North
39 Jammu Jammu & Kashmir North
40 Meerut Uttar Pradesh North
41 Mussoorie Uttarakhand North
42 Nainital uttarakhand North
43 Panchkula Haryana North
44 Patiala Punjab North
45 Shimla Himachal Pradesh North
46 Sonipat Haryana North
47 Varanasi Uttar Pradesh North
48 Hyderabad Telangana South
49 Bengaluru Karnataka South
50 Kochi Kerala South
51 Chennai Tamil Nadu South
52 Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh South
53 Calicut Kerala South
54 Coimbatore Tamil Nadu South
55 Mysore Karnataka South
56 Trivandrum Kerala South
57 Vellore Tamil Nadu South
58 Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh South
59 Jaipur Rajasthan West
60 North Mumbai Maharashtra West
61 South Mumbai Maharashtra West
62 West Mumbai Maharashtra West
63 Ajmer Rajasthan West
64 East Mumbai Maharashtra West
65 Alwar Rajasthan West
66 Ahmedabad Gujarat West
67 Kota Rajasthan West
68 Nagpur Maharashtra West
69 Nasik Maharashtra West
70 Pune Maharashtra West
71 Surat Gujarat West
72 Udaipur Rajasthan West
73 Vadodara Gujarat West

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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