For the first time, public perception about institutions was invited through an online tool. A total of 1.5 lakh votes were received from nearly 60,000 individuals.
In the first-ever scientific ranking of Indian institutions which assumes importance considering that one of the key parameters used was 'perception', Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and University of Hyderabad (UoH) made to it to the top 10 list.
Along with the public perception, opinions and votes were collects from the eminent peer groups were selected from a list of notable and accomplished individuals from academia, industry, R&D institutions and other government organisations.
Sources, however, said most of the votes were received before problems began at JNU and HCU. "These two universities have a robust academic record and have contributed immensely to social science as well as science research. One incident cannot take away the legacy of excellence," said a National Board of Accreditation (NBA) official involved with the ranking exercise.
The complete ranking will be unveiled today, April 4, 2016.
In total, 1,438 engineering colleges, 609 management institutions, 454 pharmacy colleges and 233 universities participated in the exercise, making it one of the biggest ranking exercises ever. Architecture institutions were not ranked because of limited response. General degree colleges were also left out.
The entire exercise involved NBA, All India Council for Technical Education, UGC, Thomson Reuters, Elsevier and INFLIBNET (Information & Library Network) centre.