153 colleges ranked based on recent pass percentage

Anna University, Chennai, has released the rank list of 153 engineering colleges based on the pass percentage of the second, third and final year students in the examinations conducted on November / December 2010 and April / May 2011.

Following the directions of the Madras High Court to release rank list of colleges for the benefit of students attending engineering counselling, the university released the rank list in which Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering (SSN) has emerged as the topper.

Meenakshi Sundararajan Engineering College, Velammal Engineering College, R.M.D. Engineering College, R.M.K. Engineering College, Sri Sairam Engineering College figure in the top colleges.

The top ten ranked colleges and the pass percentages in these two exams have been given in separate tables.

Branch-wise statistics

The university also has released the branch-wise statistics based on the percentage of pass based on the scripts in its website http://www.annauniv.edu/coe/news.html for the benefit of students.

Apart from the ranking, the list has revealed the flip side of engineering education as well.

Of the 153 colleges ranked, only 48 colleges have a pass percentage of over 50 in the 2011 examinations and 13 colleges with a pass percentage of less than 10. In December 2010 exams, only 43 colleges had a pass percentage of 50 and 14 colleges had a single digit pass percentage.

A day earlier, Anna University of Technology, Chennai, which was created last year to affiliate over 160 engineering colleges around Chennai released a rank list based on the pass percentage of first year students alone.

Indicator of quality

“Ranking is an indicator for students and parents to have a fair idea of the college. The rankings provide a major indicator of the quality of faculty and the prevailing academic environment but it has to be done consistently,” says Prof.E. Balagurusamy, former vice chancellor of Anna University, Chennai. Under his term the ranking was introduced as all the colleges were affiliated to the parent Anna University.

Academics welcome ranking

Academics welcome the ranking as the students and parents otherwise could be carried away by the claims of colleges and media reports.

Academics also point out that there could be confusion among the student community as all the five Anna Universities of Technology will publish rank list. “For instance, the first ranked college in Tirunelveli could get a 30 {+t} {+h} rank if compared to Chennai colleges. A unified rank list will be better,” says Mr. Balagurusamy.

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