According to the first ever domestic rankings under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), the most debated central universities JNU and Hyderabad University made it to the top of the central university list. Among technical and management institutes, IIT Madras and IIM-Bangalore lead the list. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) covered 3500 various institutes from around the country and presented the rankings in four different categories. The list was released recently by the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
The engineering and technical institutes are ruled by the IITs and had a monopoly in the top ten lists, with all the IITs featuring in the list. IIT Mumbai is placed second followed by IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur in the technological institute category. The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISB) topped the list of university category leaving behind the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai in the second spot.
In case of central universities, the recently debated JNU for the arrest of student union President Kanhaiya Kumar, is in the first spot. Central University of Hyderabad has been adjudged the second position. The overall rating in the university category for JNU and Hyderabad University is three and four respectively. The Tezpur University, which recently won the President’s Award, is placed in the fifth position in this category and University of Delhi is at sixth position. Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi has got the seventh position in the category.
The IIM Bangalore topped the list of management institutes followed by IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Kolkata and IIM Lucknow. IIM Udaipur and IIM Kozhikode, the two relatively new IIM institutes were placed in the fifth and sixth slot in the list. The IMI, New Delhi, got the seventh position while the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Department of Management Studies, IIT Kanpur and IIM Indore got eighth, ninth and tenth position respectively in the list.
In the pharmaceutical institute category, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in placed second after the Manipal College of Pharmacy. Jamia Hamdard, Poona College of Pharmacy, Erandane, Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University and Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai got third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions in this category respectively.
The list of educational institutes were taken out keeping in mind the perception among students, alumni, parents, employees and public about the institute. The committee of experts ranked these institutes on the basis of their teaching and learning resources, graduation outcomes, research and other infrastructures of the institutes. Irani said that the ranking system would be an annual affair and more categories would be added over time. The motif about taking out these rankings is to make the life of prospective students easier to choose their institute before the admission procedure begins, every academic year.