This is the first time an exercise of compiling rankings of various institutions has been undertaken by the Union government.In the first of its kind ranking of educational institutions released by the government, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the University of Hyderabad (UoH), which were recently embroiled in controversies, are among the topmost institutions in the country.
The National Institutions Ranking Framework (NIRF), unveiled by the Ministry of Human Resource Development on Monday, declared the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras the best institute for engineering and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Bangalore the best for management. The IIM-Ahmedabad is placed second.The NIRF covers 3,500 institutions in four categories: university, engineering, pharmacy and management.
It was released by HRD Minister Smriti Irani. Architecture was included in the list when the Ministry had announced plans for the ranking last November, but due to the lukewarm response from institutes, this category was dropped from the list.In the category of universities, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, is rated the top-ranked institute followed by the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai.
Jawaharlal Nehru University, which was recently in the news for an event to mark the death anniversary of Afzal Guru and the arrest of its students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, is ahead of all other central universities. The Central University of Hyderabad, which has been rocked by protests after the suicide of Rohith Vemula, is placed fourth.Perception among students, alumni, parents, employees and the public was one of the parameters for the ranking done by a committee of experts. Teaching and learning resources, graduation outcomes and research were the other criteria
IITs rule in engineering category
The Indian Institutes of Technology have occupied all 10 places in the engineering category of the ranking announced by the government. While six old IITs made it to the list, four new ones Ropar, Gandhinagar, Patna and Hyderabad were also among the top ten. The IIT-Madras beat the IIT-Bombay and the IIT-Kharagpur to claim the first position.You have to make quantifiable targets and work on them to keep up the quality of education, and this is what we have done at the IIT-Madras,IIT-Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said.
Among the management institutes, the IIM-Bangalore leads the pack, followed by the IIM-Ahmedabad, the IIM-Kolkata and the IIM-Lucknow. The IMI, New Delhi, is the highest ranked among the other institutions, standing at the seventh place, followed by the Indian Institute of Forest Management and the Department of Management Studies at the IIT-Kanpur and the IIM-Indore. Among the pharmaceutical institutes, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences ranks first, followed by the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh, and Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi.
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