Ratings Methodology

The hallmark of QS I∙GAUGE methodology is that it is evidence-driven, transparent and holistic. Therefore, we have not shied away from making our methodology and details available for public scrutiny.

Ratings Structure

CategoriesSub-categoriesCodeNotesPoints
Primary Criteria (1200 points)
Teaching and LearningTL250
Faculty QualityFQ150
EmployabilityEP200
Student DiversitySD200
FacilitiesFC150
Social ResponsibilitySR150
AccreditationAR100
Secondary Criteria (200 points)College: Select any two
University: Research (RE) + Select any one
Arts and CultureAC100
Faculty DiversityFD100
EntrepreneurshipET100
ResearchRE100
InnovationIV100

Rating Outcomes - Overall

LabelPoints
Provisional145 points
Bronze345 points
Silver550 points
Gold785 points
Diamond1025 points
Diamond+1260 points #

# Must have Diamond in all categories.

Category Rating Outcomes - Overall

TL Category

LabelPoints
Provisional40 points
Bronze90 points
Silver130 points
Gold165 points
Diamond190 points

EP and SD Categories

LabelPoints
Provisional20 points
Bronze50 points
Silver80 points
Gold110 points
Diamond140 points

FQ, FC and SR Categories

LabelPoints
Provisional15 points
Bronze35 points
Silver60 points
Gold80 points
Diamond105 points

AR Category

LabelPoints
Gold50 points
Diamond100 points

All Secondary Categories

LabelPoints
Provisional10 points
Bronze25 points
Silver40 points
Gold55 points
Diamond70 points

Primary Ratings Criteria

[PRIMARY] Teaching and learning (TL) 250 points

CodeIndicatorPoints
TL1

Faculty Student Ratio

Ratio of total number of students to that of instructors

STEM: 10 scaled down to 30; Non-STEM: 25 scaled down to 50; Mixed: 20 scaled down to 40.

30
TL2

Overall student satisfaction

Proportion of students satisfied with the institution, 90% scaled down to 60%

40
TL3

Teaching student satisfaction

Proportion of students satisfied with teaching in the institution, 90% scaled down to 60%

35
TL4

Completion rate

80% of students scheduled to graduate or do so, scaled down to 50%

30
TL5

Contact hours per week

For fulltime undergraduate students only

STEM: 30 hours scaled down to 20

Non-STEM: 15 hours scaled down to 10

Mixed: 20 hours scaled down to 15

30
TL6

Self-study hours per week

Additional learning hours per week for fulltime undergraduate students only

STEM: 20 hours scaled down to 60

Non-STEM: 30 hours scaled down 60

Mixed: 25 hours scaled down to 60

15
TL7

Interactive teaching

The share of interactive sessions (non-classical lectures) should be at least 20%, scaled up to 50%

15
TL8

Online learning systems and resources

Availability and use of online management and e-learning resources such as class schedules, academic calendar, exam registration, course syllabus, reading materials, lecture notes, class bulletin boards etc.

40
TL9

Further studies

Proportion of students going for further studies

30% scaled down to 10% within 12 months of graduation

15

[PRIMARY] Faculty quality (FQ) 150 points

CodeIndicatorPoints
FQ1

Faculty with PhD

Proportion of faculty with PhD or equivalent terminal degree awarded by an institution that is recognised by a statutory authority of Government of India or a PhD from an institution abroad recognised by AIU (Association of Indian Universities), 60% scaled down to 20%

45
FQ2

Retention rate

Percentage of the faculty members that have been employed at the institution for more than five years,

70% scaled down to 50%.

20
FQ3

Faculty satisfaction with the Institution

Proportion of faculty satisfied with the institution as an employee, 75% scaled down to 50%

25
FQ4

Work experience outside academia

Proportion of faculty with at least two years long part-time or full-time experience in external non-academic organisation, 50% scaled down to 20%.

20
FQ5

External exposure as part of academia

Proportion of faculty having external consultancy or industrial projects, 60% scaled down to 40%.

20
FQ6

Faculty Development Program

Proportion of faculty having undergone at least two weeks (continuous) of teaching / pedagogical training within the last two years, 50% scaled down to 25%.

20

[PRIMARY] Employability (EP) 200 points

CodeIndicatorPoints
EP1

Campus employer presence

Number of hiring companies who visited the campus within the last 12 months,

2% of the total student population or 200 (whichever is lower) scaled down to 0

35
EP2

Employment rate

Proportion of students that are employed within 12 months from their graduation (excluding those pursuing further study), 90% scaled down to 50%

40
EP3

Career counselling services

Number of full-time qualified career counsellors working on campus,

1 per thousand of the total student population or 10 (whichever is lower) scaled down to 2

20
EP4

Student satisfaction with career services

Proportion of students satisfied with on-campus career guidance services, 75% scaled down to 50%

30
EP5

Alumni satisfaction with quality of education

Proportion of alumni satisfied with quality of education in the institution to the total alumni responses,

75% scaled down to 50%

25
EP6

Alumni satisfaction with career success

Proportion of alumni satisfied with their career after graduation from the institution,

75% scaled down to 50% with respect to total alumni responses

25
EP7

Extracurricular activities

Number of student societies or associations on campus,

1% scaled down to 0.25% with respect to total student population

25

[PRIMARY] Student Diversity (SD)

CodeIndicatorPoints
SD1

Out of state students

1 point for every 1% of students from other State or Union Territory

20
SD2

International students

5 points for every 1% international students with respect to total student population

20
SD3

Inbound international exchange students

Students from foreign universities studying for a minimum of 2 weeks or more at the institution,

1% of total student population scaled down to 0

20
SD4

Outbound international exchange students

Number of students on an exchange programme with a foreign university for at least one semester or trimester, 1% of total student population scaled down to 0

10
SD5

International diversity

Number of nationalities represented by the total number of students on campus,

10 scaled down to 0

10
SD6

National diversity for students

Number of States or Union Territories represented by the total number of students on campus,

20 scaled down to 5

10
SD7

Expenditure on scholarships and bursaries

Proportion of revenue spent on funds for non-refundable student scholarships, at least 1% or 0

15
SD8

Student fees cover

Proportion of number of students whose tuition and other fees are fully covered by the institution in the form of non-refundable scholarships, 10% scaled down to 0% of total student population

15
SD9

Differently abled

Proportion of physically or mentally challenged students to total student population,

3% scaled down to 0%

20
SD10

Accessibility

15 points for each

(i) Sex ratio (male: female) as 2:3 scaled down to 1:1

(ii) 25% or more rural students of total student population

30
SD11

Low-income outreach

Proportion of students from the below poverty line (BPL) households, 15% scaled down to 5%

30

[PRIMARY] Facilities (FC) 150 points

CodeIndicatorPoints
FC1

Sporting Facilities

Use of the following provisions on campus

2 points per facility, additional 6 points for 4 or more

i) swimming pool

ii) fitness gym

iii) indoor sports court

iv) outdoor sports court

v) outdoor sports pitch

vi) athletics track

vii) full-time sports coach and/or dedicated sport medical staff.

20
FC2

Medical Facilities

Number of doctors working in medical centres on-campus or collaborations with external hospitals,

0.10 % scaled down to 0.03 % of total student population

20
FC3

Sanitary Facilities

Proportion of student responses indicating contentment with toilet facilities on campus,

75% scaled down to 50%

10
FC4

On-campus catering – Quality

Proportion of student responses indicating contentment with food quality on campus,

75% scaled down to 50%.

10
FC5

On-campus catering – Affordability

Proportion of student responses indicating contentment with affordability of food prices on campus, 75% scaled down to 50%

10
FC6

Student accommodation

Number of beds available in student residences,

100% scaled down to 50% with respect to number of students in the first year of course

20
FC7

Information Technology services

Proportion of faculty and student responses indicating contentment with the use of high speed internet through Wi-Fi on campus, 80% or 0

15
FC8

Management Information Systems

Availability and use of MIS-based student management system on campus for student admission, examination, and record-keeping

15
FC9

Student safety

Proportion of student responses indicating they feel safe and secure on campus without any time and mobility constraints, 75% scaled down to 50%

15
FC10

Library facilities

Proportion of student and faculty responses indicating contentment with the library services,

75% scaled down to 50%

15

[PRIMARY] Social responsibility (SR) 150 points

CodeIndicatorPoints
SR1

Mechanisms/systems for social involvement

Proportion of students actively participating in NCC, NSS, Red Cross, Eco Club and other socially engaging activities, 10% scaled down to 0

40
SR2

Community outreach activities

Total number of hours in last year spent by students in community enrichment activities outside the institution divided by the total student population, 10% scaled down to 0

30
SR3

Recognition for social development

Awards/medals/appreciation received by the institution for social development during last 5 years, 2 points for each award from a non-affiliating organization

30
SR4

Environmental impact

10 points for each of the following policies actively in place:

(i) sustainability (green certificate)

(ii) energy conservation

(iii) water conservation

(iv) transportation

(v) recycling of waste

50

[PRIMARY] Accreditation (AR) 100 points

CodeIndicatorPoints
AR1

Institutional accreditations

National accreditation awarded to the institution that includes NAAC and/or NABH. If accredited already, then 100 points, or if applied for NAAC or completed data verification and validation procedure, then 50 points

100

Secondary Ratings Criteria

College may select any two, University must Research (RE) + any one

[SECONDARY] Arts and culture (AC) 100 points

CodeIndicatorPoints
AC1

Concerts and exhibitions

Number of concerts and exhibitions off-campus featuring the work of students and/or faculty which is accessible to public,

100 scaled down to 20

30
AC2

Credits and cultural awards

Number of credits or cultural awards received by students, faculty members or the institution received from external organisations for their publicly accessible works, 25 scaled down to 10

30
AC3

Cultural investment

Percentage of revenue contribution to arts projects or cultural preservation on or off campus,

1% scaled down to 0

20
AC4

Cultural Facilities

5 points each for:

1) Auditorium (500 minimum capacity)

2) Amphitheatre

3) Museum

4) Gallery built and used exclusively for art (indoor or outdoor)

20

[SECONDARY] Faculty Diversity (FD) 100 points

CodeIndicatorPoints
FD1

Faculty with overseas experience

Proportion of faculty with a minimum of one-year continuous international experience (study, work, research etc.), 25% scaled down to 0

20
FD2

Inbound international faculty

Number of faculty from foreign universities working in the host institution for 2 weeks or more,

1% scaled down to 0 with respect to total faculty population

25
FD3

Outbound international faculty

Proportion of faculty working in a foreign university for at least a semester or trimester (not self-funded) within last 12 months, 3% scaled down to 1%

15
FD4

Regional diversity of faculty

Number of distinct native States or union territories represented by faculty, 20 scaled down to 5

20
FD5

Linguistic diversity of faculty

Number of distinct languages spoken by various faculty as their mother tongue, 20 scaled down to 5

20

[SECONDARY] Entrepreneurship (ET) 100 points

CodeIndicatorPoints
ET1

Training

Number of students who completed at least 40 hours long entrepreneurship training course on-campus in the last academic year, 50% or more scaled down to 25%

40
ET2

Alumni with entrepreneurship experience

Number of alumni running their own start-up within 5 years after graduation, 10% scaled down to 0

20
ET3

Students with entrepreneurship aspirations

Number of student responses indicating willingness to start own business, 10% scaled down to 0

20
ET4

Faculty with entrepreneurship experience

Proportion of faculty with an experience of working in or running their own start-up,

10% scaled down to 0%

20

[SECONDARY] Research (RE) (mandatory for universities) 100 points

CodeIndicatorPoints
RE1

Papers per faculty

Number of papers per faculty member on Scopus® in the last 5 years,

STEM: 5 scaled down to 0, Non-STEM: 3 scaled down to 0, Mixed: 4 scaled down to 0

30
RE2

Citations per paper

Number ofcitations per faculty on Scopus®in the last 5 years

STEM: 6 scaled down to 0, Non-STEM: 2 scaled down to 0, Mixed: 4 scaled down to 0

30
RE3

Academic reputation

50 scaled down to 0 Indian academic nominations for the institution

Received from the latest QS Global Academic Survey drawing results from the last 5 years

10
RE4

Funding received for research proposals only

As a percentage of revenue.

STEM: 5%; Non-STEM: 1%; Mixed: 2.5% (Excluding affiliating institutions’ income) scaled down to 0

(Accepted Proposals of Rs. 5 Lakh and above for colleges, Rs. 10 Lakh and above for University)

10
RE5

Funding proposals submitted

Proportion of faculty with at least one research funding proposal submitted within the last 3 year, 20% scaled down to 0

10
RE6

Funding proposals success

Ratio of number of approved and active research funding proposals to that of submitted ones during the last 1 year, 25% scaled down to 0%

10

[SECONDARY] Innovation (IV) 100 points

CodeIndicatorPoints
IV1

Intellectual Property

Number of active patents, registered copyright etc. registered with national or international offices in the last 5 years for STEM institutions,

STEM: 15 scaled down to 0, Non-STEM: 5 scaled down to 0, Mixed: 10 scaled down to 0

40
IV2

Spin-off companies

Number of spin-off companies or foundations established by faculty, staff or (former) students during the last 5 years which are still operating, no longer require support from the university/college having a minimum of 10 employees

5 scaled down to 0

30
IV3

External consultations

Proportion of faculty with a parallel appointment in a non-academic position (industry, NGO, think tank, government committee, etc.), 10% scaled down to 0

20
IV4

Commercialisation of Intellectual Property

Percentage of royalty earned to total revenue in the last 5 financial years, 3% scaled down to 0%

10