The Ministry of Human Resource and Development has released a list of top 10 educational institutions in the country under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). The list places JNU at number three and Hyderabad Central University at number 4 among the top 10 in the universities category.
Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU student arrested on charges of sedition last month, find it “ridiculous” that the university has been ranked number three in the country by the Centre’s education ministry.
Earlier this year, Jawaharlal Nehru University turned into a melting pot of controversies when students from the university organised an event on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru who was hanged in 2013. Following the event, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s was arrested on charges of sedition for shouting allegedly ‘anti-national’ slogans. Later on, his college mates Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested. All were later released on bail.
The university in Hyderabad saw trouble over the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit PhD scholar who alleged on-campus social discrimination. Irani’s ministry came under fire for Vemula’s death, with the opposition accusing it of discriminating against the student and abetting his suicide.
The criteria used to rank the institutions included teaching/learning resources, research, graduation outcomes (employability), outreach/ social and gender inclusivity and perception.
An independent agency, the National Bureau of Accreditation, validated the data submitted by the institutes, government sources said.
The institutions were ranked under four categories – engineering, management, pharmacy and universities and colleges. Under the pharmacy category, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences ranks number one in the country.
This is the first time an exercise of compiling rankings of various institutions has been undertaken by the Union government.
Here are Top 10 Universities in the country:
1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
2. Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
4. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
5. Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam
6. University of Delhi, Delhi
7. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
8. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvanathapuram
9. Birla Institute of Technology and Science –Pilani
10. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh