2 Bengal Institutes Placed In HRD’s Top National Institutional Rankings


New Delhi: Human Development Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar released the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2017 on Monday. With acclaimed national institutes gaining the top spot, two West Bengal institutes also confirmed their presence in the list.

Among the top 10 universities of the country, Jadavpur University has been ranked as the fifth best. It also gained 9th spot among the top 10 engineering institutes. St. Xavier’s College gets the sixth position among India’s best “general degree” colleges. This is the first time colleges have been ranked. Delhi’s  Miranda House , Chennai’s Loyala College tops the list.

Jadavpur University And JNU has been the melting pot of protests and also earned the infamous title of being anti-national has been placed among top 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.

The rankings are crucial because government funding for institutions are dependent on them. Schools that do well in the NIRF will also be favourably viewed for greater autonomy and more international exposure, the government said. More than 3,300 institutes were considered for the survey, which was first published in 2016 but didn’t include colleges because the response was poor.

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. The government said it emphasised on the quality of research and employer perception during the exercise.

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The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, the first Indian institution to make it to the top 10 in a small universities global ranking, has been placed at the top in the annual national rankings released by the HRD ministry. Seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have also found their place in the list of the top 10 educational institutions released under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), the other two being Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

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