After Week Magazine Outlook comes out with the list of top ten law colleges Who should we trust for College Rankings
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After Week Magazine Outlook comes out with the list of top ten law colleges Who should we trust for College Rankings

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Outlook in association with research agency MRDA has come out with this year’s law school rankings (June27, 2011). This year the top four law schools are NLSIU, Bangalore; NALSAR, Hyderabad; NLIU, Bhopal and NLS, Jodhpur. NLIU Bhopal was ranked 10 last year and this year it has jumped to position 3 while NLS Jodhpur jumped to rank 4 from rank 7 last year.

Outlook in association with research agency MRDA has come out with this year’s law school rankings (June27, 2011). This year the top four law schools are NLSIU, Bangalore; NALSAR, Hyderabad; NLIU, Bhopal and NLS, Jodhpur. NLIU Bhopal was ranked 10 last year and this year it has jumped to position 3 while NLS Jodhpur jumped to rank 4 from rank 7 last year.

The fourth and fifth rank was taken by Pune schools; ILS and Symbiosis respectively. Department of Law, BHU Varanasi came seventh; GLC Mumbai remains unchanged at eight, Amity Law School, Delhi ranked ninth and GNLU Gandhinagar made it to top ten for the first time at tenth position.

NUJS, Kolkata after the last year spat with Outlook did not submit its data and was therefore not included in the list. Professor Shamnad Basheer of NUJS along with two students had raised objections on the methodology adopted by Outlook in its rankings and had written a letter to Editor-in-Chief to look into the discrepancies of the methodology and to make it more transparent.

Both Outlook and MRDA had given their response with the methodology adopted in the research and analysis but faculty of NUJS was not satisfied with the response.

Outlook this year has rated the colleges according to the following parameters; (a) Selection process; (b) Academic excellence; (c) Personality Development and Industry Exposure; (d) Infrastructure; and (e) Placements.  Outlook has this year also used objective data as the basis for ranking for law schools along with perceptual data.

Outlook has given highest weight age to ‘Selection process’ with 287 points, followed by ‘Infrastructure’ with 213 points and ‘Academic excellence’ with 200 points.  GLC, Mumbai has scored the highest points in the parameter of selection process.  NLSIU has scored lower than NALSAR in the ‘selection process’ parameter even though both schools follow the same selection procedure by participating in the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT).

In ‘Infrastructure’, NLSIU scored the highest with 204 followed by NLIU Bhopal with 203 points. In ‘Academic excellence’ NLIU Bhopal ranked ahead than NLSIU. In ‘Placements’  NLSIU scored highest with 153 points followed by NALSAR with 130 points, while NLIU Bhopal and NLU Jodhpur had almost the same points.

The table below indicates the rankings of Outlook, India Today and Week for this year and past two years.  The only similarity in all these rankings is that NLSIU, Bangalore is the top University at Rank 1, consistently for three years. For NALSAR, Hyderabad also the rankings has been similar or closer in the three years. So is with NLIU, Bhopal except the fact that “The Week” has ranked it at Rank 11 for the year 2011.

India Today was the first one to come out with a set of college rankings, followed by Outlook and in 2011 The Week also joined the league.

The consumers of the education sector do have a right to make an informed choice; but what can be done if the information provided is misleading? Though much emphasis is given to elementary education in India; the Higher Education sector is often ignored. These rankings have the effect of determining the fate of a child’s future, but nobody including the Ministry of HRD has not taken the pain to regulate these rankings; emphasizing on the need for a proper and transparent methodology which needs to be adopted by these magazines.

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