IISc Bangalore named India's top university by HRD ministry, JNU second; Miranda House is best college

New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, the first Indian institution to make it to the top 10 in a global ranking, has been ranked at the top in the annual national rankings, released by the HRD ministry on Monday.

The Indian Institute of Science. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

The Indian Institute of Science. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Jawaharlal Nehru University, ranked third last year, has been placed at second position this year. Along with IISc and JNU, seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) make the top 10 of the list. Hyderabad University, ranked fourth last year, has slipped to seventh, and Jamia Millia Islamia, which was at 83rd position, has shot up to 20th.

Delhi University's Miranda House has been adjudged best college in the country, followed by Chennai's Loyola College. Five other DU colleges have made it to the top 10 in list of colleges.

The results of the second edition of the domestic ranking under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) were
announced by Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. Unlike last year, the ranking was released under six categories this time: Overall, colleges, universities, management, engineering and pharmacy.

Javadekar also announced that the institutions faring well in the ranking will be awarded with more grants, autonomy and other benefits. "Policy regarding the same will be announced soon to encourage the spirit of competition and ultimately enhance the quality of education being imparted by the institutions across the country," he said.

A total of 2,995 institutions participated this time against last year's 3,563 participants. IISc figured at the top of 'Overall' and
'Universities' categories. JNU, which was at third position last year, has been ranked second this year in 'Universities' category. In the 'Overall' ranking, the varsity, which has been at the centre of controversies for over a year, is placed at sixth position.

Last month, IISc was ranked eighth in the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings 2017, in the "best small universities" category, joining the elite list that includes California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from the US, Ecole Normale Superieure from France and Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea.

The NIRF outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. The methodology draws from the overall recommendations and broad understanding arrived at by a core committee set up by the ministry to identify the broad parameters for ranking universities and institutions.

The parameters broadly cover: Teaching; learning and resources; research and professional practices; graduation outcomes; outreach and inclusivity; and perception.

IIM-Ahmedabad and IIM-Bangalore have switched positions in the top management institution list. Last year, IIM-Bangalore was placed at the top and IIM-Ahmedabad was second.

IIT-Madras continued to be at the top in the engineering institutions category, while Jamia Hamadard University has made it to the top of the list of institutions offering pharmacy courses.

Updated Date: Apr 03, 2017 21:55 PM

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