The Week Magazine owned by the Kerala based “Malayala Manorama” group has come out with a set of College rankings (June 5, 2011). The Week rankings doubt the quality and credibility of institutions such as NUJS and NLUJ. NUJS was ranked shockingly 13th and NLIU 10th. NLU-Jodhpur was ranked 25th.
The Week Magazine owned by the Kerala based “Malayala Manorama” group has come out with a set of College rankings (June 5, 2011). As the rankings of its counterpart magazines these rankings may be disputed as there are no adequate disclsoures on its methodology and process. The Week rankings doubt the quality and credibility of institutions such as NUJS and NLUJ. NUJS was ranked shockingly 13th and NLIU 10th. NLU-Jodhpur was ranked 25th.
The magazine has not explained any methodology according to which the colleges were ranked, if at all any exists. Usually there is at least a write up on something related to law and some methodology will be shown, but The Week has crossed all limits and has just put up a list of colleges on page with some text which has no relation to the list.
To quote one of the errors, the magazine has not even taken the pain to find the proper name of the university which was ranked second; the abbreviation is given correctly in brackets and the expanded name is given wrongly. Instead of National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), it’s written as National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies; which is the old name of the University when it was under Cochin University of Science and Technology. Also NUALS which was ranked second does not have a permanent campus as well as hostel and is running in a temporary building. They will shift to the new campus only in another 3 weeks; the inauguration of the new campus is scheduled for July 2. May be the quality of the students can be compared to that of top law schools but the infrastructure as well as hostel facility is also a very decisive factor, when a university is ranked.
Speaking to Bar & Bench Shamnad Basheer, Ministry of HRD Chair Professor at NUJS said: “We have in the past taken Outlook and India Today to task for terribly flawed methodology in their rankings. Till date, they have responded to our concerns that we raised repeatedly in letters to them in a very lackadaisical manner. Unless there is strong action against these magazines (and increased protests against their rankings), things will remain the same. It is for the student community and the various stakeholders in the legal community to continue lodging their protests....some could even think of court action against them for misleading students and ruining their potential careers.
One might even just ignore the rankings altogether, but given that the market for information on law schools is not a very mature one, at least some students are likely to be misled by incorrect information.”
Another shocking revelation is that out of the 14 existing National Law Schools, only 6 of them find a mention in the top 25 list.