NEW DELHI: IIT-Madras has been ranked the best engineering institute in the country in the first-ever survey of Indian educational campuses carried out by the government. The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has emerged as the best university.
Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Central University of Hyderabad (CUH), who have courted controversy lately, have been adjudged the third and fourth best in this category.
The rankings, seen as India’s answer to international ranking agencies, were awarded on five parameters such as teaching, learning and resources, research, consulting and collaborative performance, graduation outcome, outreach and inclusivity and perception. The ranks were given in the categories of engineering, management, university and pharmacy and were based on information and data provided by the institutions.
Significantly, the UoH has topped in the ‘outreach and inclusivity’ category among all the universities despite allegations of Dalit discrimination on the campus. It scored 88 points out of 100. The ‘percentage of economically and socially disadvantaged student’ was also factored in while awarding points in this category. Officials, however, said the compilation of the ranking list was done before the campus unrest.
The rankings, released by HRD Minister Smriti Irani, were mostly dominated by Central universities and institutes though both State and private institutes also participated in the nation-wide survey.
The IITs led the league tables for engineering, occupying the first 11 positions. Predictably, the first five IITs, established during the 1950s and early 1960s, took the first five positions led by IIT Madras at the top with a weighted score of 89.42 out of 100 followed by IIT Bombay. IIMs, on the other hand, walked away with the best slots in the management category. The first six ranks were bagged by the IIMs led by IIM Bangalore with a weighted score of 93.04. In the pharmacy category, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences topped the list but with a low weighted score of 77.87 closely followed by the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh with a weighted score of 77.10.
Irani said her ministry has initiated a series of steps to boost the entry of women into academia such as relaxing norms so as to enable women complete M.Phil and Ph.D. “In terms of M.Phil, for two years, we have extended that limit to three years and in Ph.D, we are hoping to increase it to eight years instead of six,” she said. Irani announced that female students will also be given maternity leave of 240 days which will be excluded from their total time of study.
Presenting, India’s High Scorers
The winners have been picked from four different categories. not surprisingly, iims led by bangalore bagged the first six ranks in management while iits occuped the first five slots in engineering. here are top 25 from each category