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QS I-GAUGE is a brand incorporated in India as an independent private-sector initiative specialised in rating colleges and universities. It brings together the global expertise, experience and reputation of UK based (QS) Quacquarelli Symonds, along with deep local knowledge of luminaries from Indian higher education.

Based on the globally recognised QS STARS University Rating System developed by QS, QS I-GAUGE has been adapted to capture the reality of the dynamic Indian higher education sector, while at the same time maintaining the strict quality standards that are synonymous with the QS brand.

QS I-GAUGE is a comprehensive and independent rating system for Indian colleges and universities. Consisting of six core criteria and eight advanced criteria, ranging from Teaching and Learning, Employability and Social Responsibility to Research and Innovation. QS I-GAUGE rating provides a unique 360-degree perspective for Indian institutions of higher learning.

QS I-GAUGE as a Tool for Institutional Advancement

The strategic and systematic management of quality improvement in higher education requires comprehensive and tangible performance data and ideally, reliable benchmarks for peer-group comparisons. This is exactly what the QS I-GAUGE ratings process delivers.

By conducting what amounts to an institutional audit based on global standards but benchmarked against the performance of Indian peers, the leadership of a university or college gains concrete data on its performance through QS I-GAUGE. Sometimes that data does not match with managements’ expectations, and sometimes it highlights hidden strengths that the institutional leadership was initially unaware of. But in all cases it provides a foundation for further institutional transformation and upgrading.

QS I-GAUGE can function as an institutional score card, and institutions receive a detailed and confidential report on their strengths and weaknesses, providing a roadmap for their further development. As the QS I-GAUGE rating is re-assessed every 2 years it is an invaluable tool for institutional research and planning.

QS I-GAUGE as a Tool for Institutional Branding

The QS brand is synonymous with quality and independence. It is trusted globally by students, their parents and a diverse set of other stakeholders, including government, the corporate sector and other universities. Therefore institutions that undergo the QS I-GAUGE rating send a strong signal to their various audiences: that they take their performance seriously and that they are open and transparent about their data, allowing an external evaluation by QS. Although many institutions will not gain top scores in every category, the QS I-GAUGE process allows institutions to highlight the categories in which they are particularly strong.

Institutions that successfully complete the QS I-GAUGE rating are licensed to use the rating results (and its various registered and trademarked logos) for a period of 2 years on all their websites and publications. This allows institutions to communicate their ratings in a highly effective way, building credibility for their own brand while informing their target audiences. Institutions will also be listed on the QS I-GAUGE website.

The QS STARS rating has been used by institutions in many creative ways, including in magazine ads, bus ads and billboards, as well as on websites, business cards, recruitment brochures, etc. We anticipate similar usage of the QS I-GAUGE logo.

QS I-GAUGE is operated by QS-ERA India Private Limited, formed as a revolutionary joint venture between (QS) Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd of the United Kingdom and India’s ERA Foundation.

QS maintains complete operational control and supervision of the processes. Each rating produced is strictly monitored for quality control by the QS Intelligence Unit in London. This is the same team that produces the authoritative QS World University Rankings (since 2004) and related regional and subject rankings, as well as the globally recognised QS STARS University Ratings System. Close supervision by QS (IU) ensures the independence, quality and integrity of the ratings, leading to their global recognition.

The rigor and integrity of our ratings are guided by an International Advisory Board, which comprises of luminaries in the higher education field – from both India and overseas. The advisory board comprises of individuals with impeccable credentials that will envision and lead the setting of global best standards in evaluation. This advisory board meets periodically and forms the roadmap for the progress of QS I-GAUGE. They also review the progress of the ratings, and comment on any enhancements and improvements which should be incorporated to make this system truly India- centric. Click here to view the advisory board list.

After completing the paperwork, following is the typical workflow.

  • QS I-GAUGE analyst based at our office in Bangalore will provide the institution with all the required data submission guidelines, forms, links etc
  • Submission timeline of 6 weeks is provided, with a possibility for an extension
  • After successful submission, QS I-GAUGE requires 8 weeks to process, verify and authenticate the submission. Participating institutions can seek clarifications on criteria and sub-criteria from the analysts at QS I-GAUGE
  • Institutions are requested to submit appropriate evidence(s) for respective criteria and sub-criteria to audit and validate institutions’ self-reported data. In select instances, additional evidence(s) will be requested from the participating institutions.
  • The entire process would be handled by full-time QS I-GAUGE analysts, with significant experience in handling data, who have been through a stringent hiring process and thoroughly trained by QS Intelligence Unit - London
  • All the audits will be verified by the QS Intelligence Unit - London to ensure the highest quality of data validation

As per standard operating procedure, once you decide to proceed with this audit, you will need to complete the questionnaire along with submission of evidence. We will aim to verify, and revert on your certification within 20 business days.

Institutions that secure minimum of 120 points will be given "E-Readiness" (E-LEAD) certification along with their profile listing on our website to enhance institutions’ brand on excellence.

The certification is valid for 1 year from issuance.

This (E-LEAD) certification only checks on the readiness of the institution to offer online courses. Institutions can use this certification to inform stakeholders that the institution is E-Ready in the eventuality that the need for social distancing is extended or in case of a future pandemic like situation. This certification does not confer QS I-GAUGE rating for an institution.

If your institution does have the e-readiness you will be able to access this system from home, and hence the purpose of this audit (on a minimum scale) is achieved. Hence you should be able to provide evidence and data to support your e-learning systems.

The institution must be either a UGC recognised university or college, or an affiliated college, or a Government institution, operating within the Republic of India.

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