Delhi’s Miranda House and Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science are India’s best college and university, a countrywide government ranking of educational institutions said on Monday, whereas seven IITs are in the top 10 Institutions where IIT Bombay is on third rank. The rankings were released by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday.
It is to be noted that Delhi’s St Stephen’s College, Hindu College, Delhi School of Economics, Ramjas College and Hansraj College, among others, didn’t apply for the annual rankings.
The institutes were marked on 20 parameters under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) that was launched last year.
The criteria used to rank the institutions included teaching/learning resources, research, graduation outcomes (employability), outreach/ social and gender inclusivity and perception. Over 3,300 institutes participated in the second edition of the India Rankings.
Releasing the list in New Delhi, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the government will provide more grants and funds for institutions faring better in rankings.
In the category of Engineering institutions, IIT Madras has made it to the top for second year in a row.
The rankings called National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is an initiative of the BJP government, started last year.
The first ranking list was launched by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar’s predecessor Smriti Irani. While the basic structure of ranking institutions based on categories has been retained this year as well, the college based category is a new addition.
During the announcement of rankings on Monday, HRD Minister also mentioned that the government will give more funding to ranked institutions. “We want to make a policy announcement today. Ranked institutions will get more funding and more grants from the government. This will also encourage them to perform better,” the minister said.
Kolkata’s Jadavpur University – whose students have also faced criticism for being “anti-national” – was ranked fifth among universities.
“Jadavpur and JNU haven’t got good ranking for raising slogan for Afzal Guru but for doing good work,” human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said.