In a recent survey conducted by Outlook Magazine-DRSHTI the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad has been ranked the top University Department among Top 10 colleges for Mass Communication in India with an overall score of 802.8 from a total of 1,000. The department, which is part of the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication at University of Hyderabad, was ranked 4th overall and stood 2nd for Academic Excellence scoring 169.3, 3rd in Infrastructure with 208.
Besides AJK MCRC (an independent media centre), Department of Communication is the only department in a public university to be featured in the top five. The rest in the list are private institutes. The Department did not participate in the 2015 survey.
The questionnaires measured colleges on five key parameters—selection process, academic excellence, infrastructure and facilities, personality development and industry exposure and placement. The weights of the parameters were kept constant to ensure comparability with last year’s rankings. These parameters and sub-parameters, and their relative importance and weightages were decided in 2010, in consultation with a panel of experts with experience in their respective fields.
A separate perceptual survey was conducted among students, faculty, HR professionals, recruiters, and journalists in Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Allahabad, Indore, Bhopal, Cochin, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Patna and Bhubaneswar.