Indian University Rankings 2017

On April 3, 2017, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar released the India Rankings 2017, a ranking of all top educational institutions in India.

Here is a list of the Top 10 Institutions by category:

Top 10 Institutions – Overall

  1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (Bengaluru), Karnataka
  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu
  3. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Mumbai), Maharashtra
  4. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal
  5. Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, Delhi
  6. Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi, Delhi
  7. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
  8. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Assam
  9. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand
  10. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Top 10 Universities

  1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (Bengaluru), Karnataka
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Delhi
  3. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P.
  4. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore (Bengaluru), Karnataka
  5. Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal
  6. Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  7. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana
  8. University of Delhi, Delhi
  9. Amrita Vishwa Vidya Peetham, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  10. Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra

Top 10 – Engineering

  1. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu
  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Mumbai), Maharashtra
  3. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal
  4. Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, Delhi
  5. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
  6. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand
  7. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Assam
  8. Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  9. Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal
  10. Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, Telangana

Top 10 – Management

  1. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  2. Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (Bengaluru), Karnataka
  3. Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, West Bengal
  4. Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  5. Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, Kerala
  6. Indian Institute of Technology, New  Delhi, Delhi
  7. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal
  8. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand
  9. Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
  10. Indian Institute of Management, Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Top 10 Colleges

  1. Miranda House, Delhi, Delhi
  2. Loyola College, District Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  3. Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi, Delhi
  4. Bishop Heber College, District Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
  5. Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, New Delhi, Delhi
  6. St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  7. Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, Delhi
  8. Dyal Singh College, Delhi, Delhi
  9. Deen Dayal Upadhyay College, New Delhi, Delhi
  10. The Women’s Christian College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Top 10 – Pharmacy

  1. Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, Delhi
  2. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali, S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab
  3. University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
  4. Indian Institute of  Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  5. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Hyderabad, Telangana
  6. Birla Institute of Science, Pilani, Rajasthan
  7. Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Science, Manipal, Karnataka
  8. Poona College of Pharmacy Erandwane  Pune, Maharashtra
  9. S.R.M. Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  10. JSS College of Pharmacy, Mysore, Karnataka

Why the Rankings?

The Government has decided to introduce a system of ranking educational institutions in India in order to establish a uniform criteria for ranking them.

Until now, only private organisations were coming out with their annual list of rankings but this raised several questions regarding the criteria applied, with many institutions questioning the rankings itself.

Thus far, students have had to rely on “popular perception” about institutions, in the absence of any fair system of evaluation and ranking. The government has stepped into this space to try and establish a fair and transparent methodology that takes into account several parameters before establishing the institution’s rank in the respective category.

The Criteria Applied

In all, 2,995 educational institutions have participated in this ranking exercise for 2017. The list includes 232 universities, 1,024 engineering institutions, 546 management institutions, 318 institutes of pharmacy and 637 general degree colleges, among others.

The aim was to include all educational institutions that have an enrolment of more than 1,000 students, or those that are central government funded.

Although this exercise was carried out last year as well; this time, certain sub-criteria of evaluation have been revised to include:

Research Impact

Earlier the number of research papers published per faculty, along with citations per paper, was a major criteria of evaluation. Now, the ‘research impact’ of the paper along with the number of ‘highly cited’ papers have been included, to arrive at an improved metric of evaluation. This has negated the impact of those institutions that gave high weightage to the number of publications but not its research impact value.

Percentile System Negated

The earlier ‘percentile’ system has been removed and higher weightage has been given to the number of publications, research impact, citations, highly cited papers and patent information, to arrive at a better and more accurate system of evaluation.

Perception Inputs Database Widened

The perception of the institution has been widened to include industry and academic peers, the number and level of employers, in addition to general students and public, to arrive at the perception index ranking.

System Still Not Perfect

The ranking system needs further improvement. For instance, St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi, one of the most popular and sought-after colleges declined to participate in the rankings, which leaves the list incomplete.

Similarly, Banaras Hindu University being ranked above Delhi University does come as a surprise in the Top 10 Universities list. But on the other hand, Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi has been ranked second in the Top 10 Universities, which goes to show that the government has not taken a political view but allowed the parameters to apply fairly and uniformly for the rankings to emerge.

For now, students, academicians, employers and all other stakeholders can rely on this list as the most credible rankings available in the country.

For further information on the rankings, please visit: www.nirfindia.org

 

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