IISC Tops National University Rankings Third Time


New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Science (IISC) in Bengaluru was adjudged the overall best institution in the country by the HRD Ministry’s national ranking framework.

Announcing the rankings at an event at the Vigyan Bhavan on Tuesday, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) has been adjudged the best engineering college and the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) the best management institution.

Jawaharlal Nehru University, ranked third last year, has been placed at second position this year. Along with IISc and JNU, seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) make the top 10 of the list. Hyderabad University, ranked fourth last year, has slipped to seventh, and Jamia Millia Islamia, which was at 83rd position, has shot up to 20th.

The results of the second edition of the domestic ranking under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) were announced by Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. Unlike last year, the ranking was released under six categories this time: Overall, colleges, universities, management, engineering and pharmacy.

Javadekar also announced that the institutions faring well in the ranking will be awarded with more grants, autonomy and other benefits. “Policy regarding the same will be announced soon to encourage the spirit of competition and ultimately enhance the quality of education being imparted by the institutions across the country,” he said.

A total of 2,995 institutions participated this time against last year’s 3,563 participants. IISc figured at the top of ‘Overall’ and ‘Universities’ categories. JNU, which was at third position last year, has been ranked second this year in ‘Universities’ category. In the ‘Overall’ ranking, the varsity, which has been at the centre of controversies for over a year, is placed at sixth position.