VELLORE: The Christian Medical College has retained the second position in an all-India ranking of top medical schools in the country for the third consecutive year. Details of the survey, conducted by Nielsen were published this week.
The CMC first displaced the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune to attain the second position in 2006. The institution held on to the spot in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2011, it was displaced by Moulana Azad Medical College, Delhi. The CMC returned to its former glory in 2012 and since then has firmly held onto its position.
The top-ranked All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi continued its winning streak since 2005.
“It is no doubt that the excellence in care and service provided by this institution has helped CMC clinch this position,” noted a jubilant Dr Sunil Chandy, director of the CMC hospital. “With so many constraints, the institution has been able to deliver healthcare and medical services to all sections of the society. We are glad that CMC continues to be a source of pride not only for Vellore but for the entire State of Tamil Nadu, fulfilling the dreams of its founder Dr Ida Scudder,” Chandy told Express.
The survey claims to have followed a rigorous methodology in ranking the country’s best colleges based on a set of parameters. First a comprehensive list of eligible colleges providing medical education was drawn up followed by a national perceptual ranking. A structured questionnaire was prepared by a team of academic experts, deans and principals from across the country. They were asked to distribute 100 points across five parameters, including reputation of institutions, quality of academic input, student care, infrastructure and placement prospects. This was correlated with factual weightage of 40:60 assigned to give the final overall score which was indexed to 100 and tabulated to arrive at the final ranking.