Decoding the performance of engineering colleges affiliated to the University of Kerala has become easier for students and parents these days what with the Kerala University Computer Centre mapping out these results across various indices on its web site www.kucc.keralauniversity. edu.

The ‘result analysis' link on the web site has details regarding the academic performance of individual colleges and comparisons between institutions. The data in the charts spans five years beginning 2006.

Intra-institution and inter-institution comparisons can be made based on the course-wise pass percentage over a period, college-wise pass percentage over a period, total course-wise pass percentage in a year, college-wise pass percentage in a year, college-wise pass percentage for a course, course-wise pass percentage in a college, the aggregate output college-wise and course-wise and on the number of first ranks secured by each college over the years.

The data relating to the number of first ranks, for instance, shows that while the College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, that had five ranks in 2006 has only two in 2010. The LBS Institute of Technology for Women which had no first rank for three years beginning 2006 and had just one first rank in 2009 has bagged four in 2010.

The chart showing the college-wise pass percentage since 2006 is an unmistakable commentary on how the number of students passing out of some colleges has dropped consistently over the last five years. The graph also suggests that even in colleges where the pass percentage has gone up, the increase is marginal at best.

The number of engineers successfully fashioned by institutions every year can be known from the link “aggregate output.” This is shown as a percentage of the institution's total student intake. This data is available on a college-wise and a course-wise basis.

According to the director of the Computer centre V. Ajayakumar, the data can also be used to make a comparative assessment of different categories of colleges — government, aided and unaided. “Discrepancies or wide variations in internal and external assessment results, if any, can be noticed by teachers using their passwords,” Dr. Ajayakumar told The Hindu. “However, the link, ‘results graphs' is open to all teachers, students, parents and college management for further analysis and betterment,” he said.