New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Hyderabad, which have been at the centre of massive rows recently, top the list of central varsities while IIT-Madras and IIM-Bangalore lead among technological and management institutions, according to the first ever domestic ranking released on Monday by the government.
In the technological institutions category, IIT Mumbai is placed second, followed by IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur. Manipal College of Pharmacy is ahead of others in the category of Pharmacy education.
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) covering 3,500 different institutes in four different categories was released by HRD minister Smriti Irani.
In the universities category, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (which is a deemed University) is rated as the top-ranked institute followed by Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai.
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, which has been at the centre of a major row over a controversial event and the arrest of its student union President Kanhaiya Kumar, is placed third ahead of other central universities while Central University of Hyderabad, which has been rocked by protests after the suicide of Rohith Vemula, is placed fourth.
Significantly, perception among students, alumni, parents, employees and public was one of the key parameters on which these institutes were ranked by a committee of experts. Teaching and learning resources, graduation outcomes, research etc being other factors.
Among the management institutes, IIM Bangalore leads the pack followed by IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Kolkata and IIM Lucknow.
Later speaking to reporters, Irani said the effort is to make this ranking system an annual affair and more categories will be added so that students can know about an institute before taking admission.
Irani said that rankings for colleges will also be introduced from next year.
In the Universities category, Tezpur University, which recently won President's award is placed fifth, University of Delhi is sixth, BHU, Varanasi is seventh.
Thiruvanathapuram based Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology is eighth while Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani stands 9th while AMU stands tenth.
In the engineering institutes category, all the 10 places are occupied by IITs with IIT, Roorkee placed sixth, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad seventh, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, eighth. IIT Ropar-Rupnagar is ninth and IIT Patna is placed tenth.
In management category, predictably IIMs hog top six slots with IIM Bangalore, followed by IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta , IIM Lucknow, IIM Udaipur and IIM Kozhikode. IMI, New Delhi, is the highest ranked among other institution at seventh place with Indian Institute of Forest Management ranked eighth, Department of Mangement Studies, IIT Kanpur (rank nine) and IIM Indore (rank 10).
In the pharmaceutical institutes category, University institute of pharmaceutical sciences, Chandigarh is placed second, Jamia Hamdard, third, Poona College of Pharmacy, Erandwane, fourth, Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University fifth while Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai is sixth.
Birla Institute of technology, Ranchi is placed seventh in this category while Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi is eighth and JSS college of Pharmacy, Ootacamund is ninth while JSS college of Pharmacy, Mysuru is placed 10th.