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IISc ranked best in annual HRD rating, 7 IITs in top 10

PUBLISH DATE 4th April 2017

Controversial' Jadavpur Univ, JNU In Top 5

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Indian Institutes of Technology remain India's top educational institutions. While IISc bagged the top position in the overall and university categories in the National Institutional Ranking Framework's India Rankings 2017, seven IITs are in the top 10 in overall ranking.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), these days mostly in the news for disruptions and tussles between students and the administration, is ranked sixth overall and second in the university category as per the rankings announced on Monday . The rankings were launched in 2015 and the first rankings were done in 2016. This year NIFR, under the human resource development ministry , added two categories -overall and colleges -to the existing engineering, universities, management and pharmacy categories. It has also expanded the parameters, including outreach and inclusivity .

In world university rankings, IISc has remained India's top bet since 2013. And even in the national rankings, it has maintained the top position for the second consecutive year in the university category as well as securing the first position in the overall category , which has been introduced this year. Though IISc's score has fallen from 91.3 to 83.3 this year, IIT Madras, with 73.9, and JNU, scoring 61.5, are a distant second and third, respectively .

Univs face rows, P 11 JNU and Kolkata's Jadav pur University -which have been in the eye of a storm over alleged anti-national sloganeering -also figure in the top five universities of the country . Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said the universities have been ranked for their quality and not for controversies. “JNU or Jadavpur University have not been ranked for raising (pro-Parliament attack convict) Afzal Guru slogans. They have not been ranked for confining the vicechancellor but for their research work science, biotechnology and other fields,“ he said. The University of Hyde rabad, which hit the headlines over the suicide of its PhD student Rohith Vemula, has been ranked seventh in the list of universities.

In another new category , “college“, in which 535 colleges participated, Delhi University's Miranda House, a wom en's college of liberal arts and basic sciences, topped the list.Here the competition is much tougher with a close contest between the first three positions. Chennai's Loyola College and DU's Shri Ram College of Commerce are the close second and third. DU's St. Stephen's, Hindu and Kirori Mal Colleges didn't participate in the ranking process.

In the engineering category, there is no change in the top six positions, with IIT Madras taking the top position, followed by Bombay and Kharagpur. However, IIT Guwahati broke into the top 10, securing the seventh rank. Of the top 10 engineering institutions, eight are IITs. Even in the management category , IITs made a strong presence, securing four positions in the top 10. However, it's the Indian Institutes of Management that secured the top five positions in this category , led by IIM Ahmedabad and followed by Bangalore and Calcutta. There is only one non-IIM IIT in the top 10 of this category -Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur -which secured the ninth position.

The pharmacy category has a new number one and two -Jamia Hamdard of Delhi jumped from third to first while the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali, made its debut at number two.