While I am VERY skeptical about these media-sponsored rankings, I am going to present these data because my alma mater figures in the top 20 medical colleges of India. Also, because there is no other data available listing the ranking of medical schools in India, we have to depend on these rankings, which, unsurprisingly, are sometimes heavily biased by factors other than the ones enumerated in the columns of the calculations.
In a survey conducted by Outlook and MDRA (Marketing and Development Research Associates), All India Institute of Medical Sciences comes on top. Big whoop. Medical College, Kolkata, the oldest medical education institute in Asia, and my beloved alma mater, comes in 16th in ranking. Here is a list of the top 20 colleges and their scores. Click on pic to view a larger version:
There is a catch, though. Only institutes that submitted complete objective data on time were ranked. That means institutes like Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and Institute of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Kolkata may not have submitted the requisite information on time and hence may have been struck off the list.
However, despite this, one thing that is noticeable is the fact that there is a sizeable number of private medical institutions on the list. In fact, 7 out of the top 20 are private institutions. However, how far this goes to break the myth that there is a dearth of quality faculty (and students) in the private medical education centers is questionable.
Anyways, I am happy that Medical College, Kolkata, has found a place on the coveted list, but let me reiterate, this is just a list, a medical school is as good or as bad as its teachers and students are. And to each student, his or her medical school is a better place than anywhere else.