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Presidency varsity seeks reasons for ranking shock
CALCUTTA : Presidency University vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia has written to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry's National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), seeking to know why the university is not among the top 100 institutes in the country.

Presidency had scored 63.56 out of 100 in last year's NIRF assessment to be ranked 41st among universities. Jadavpur University, with a score of 57.32 out of 100, has been ranked fifth among the universities this year.

"We want to know why we have missed out this time. It could be a glitch....We are awaiting a reply," Lohia said.

According to the vice-chancellor and her colleagues, there might have been an error in the unique identification code that the NIRF had assigned to Presidency, causing the university to miss out on a top-100 rank.

Visva-Bharati rank

Teachers and officials at Visva-Bharati, which has slipped from 11 to 19 in the university rankings, said one of the reasons behind the decline was the absence of a permanent vice-chancellor. The entry of Jadavpur University and Calcutta University into the competition may have also pushed Visva-Bharati down, they said.

Miranda shock for LSR

From one of the best among all Delhi University colleges last year, the national rankings released on March 3 have come as a shock for Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College.

But what appears to be especially galling is that it has been beaten hollow by long-time competitor Miranda House. Even the little-known ARSD College, which figures low on students' perception, ranked higher than LSR at No. 5.

LSR, which started its journey in 1956, has long been the premier women's college in the capital, ever since it wrested that position from Miranda House, eight years its senior.



 Jadavpur, Anna varsities excel in India ranking '17

By Rajiv Shukla
While the results of the India Rankings 2017, released here on April 3, were strictly on the expected lines, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, and two universities from Tamil Nadu made surprise appearance on theUnion Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar addressing reporters at the release of the “INDIA RANKING 2017”, in New Delhi on April 03, 2017. He is accompanied by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey and the Higher Education Secretary. national scene.

The results were announced by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar here at a press conference in which most Centrally funded institutes and universities scored top positions leaving poor state universities/institution far behind. Despite all odds that the state universities face, Jadavpur University scored 12th, Anna University, Chennai, 13th and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore scored 16th positions respectively.

The fact that institutional ranking is directly proportional to government funding has been, once more, firmly reiterated by the India Rankings 2017 as the top place in overall ranking went to the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), the Bangalore-based PG research institute the annual receipts of which are about R900 crore. Likewise IIT Madras, the total receipts of which (year 2015-16) were R528 crore plus.

As for Jadavpur University, a state university funded by West Bengal government, its total receipts for the year 2015-16, according to its Finance Officer, were just R250 crore. As against this compare Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi (ranked two notches up at 10th), a Centrally funded university which got R1000 crore plus in 2015-16, according to its vice-chancellor Dr Girish Chandra Tripathi.

In fact if we glance through the ranking list you will find some surprises. For example Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune scored 18th position in the overall ranking but Mumbai University stands nowhere in the list of 100 rankers. Panjab University which was named top in India by the Times Higher Education during Manmohan Singh's prime ministership and had indeed received huge special grants got 54th position.

Among eminent private ventures Birla Institute of Technology & Science -Pilani and Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore are going steady at 21st and 22nd positions respectively while Manipal Academy of Higher Education-Manipal has gone down to 30th rank pushing Thapar University Patiala to 75th position.

The much publicised and propagated private universities -- Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Bhuwaneshwar and Amity University Noida got 79th and 86th positions respectively in the overall ranking.

Unlike previous year, the institutions have been grouped in five categories : Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Universities and Colleges. Topping them up is the Overall ranking group, picking ace institutions from all the five categories.

As expected, the Colleges too got the ranking on expected lines. The Delhi colleges, because of their close proximity with the UGC funding, bagged the top positions. Loyola College, Chennai (2nd position); Bishop Heber College Tiruchirapalli (4th) and St. Xavier`s College Calcutta (6th) indeed deserve kudos for breaking the Delhi-dominated glass ceiling. A couple of Delhi's elite colleges including St. Stephen's and Delhi School of Economics could not/did not participate in the ranking exercise and hence were not included.


State-wise Tamil Nadu lead the list with 37 institutions. 20 university-level state/Central institutions have scored places in the Overall top 100, with three colleges coming in the top-ten list. Chennai’s Loyola College came in the number two spot, while Tiruchirapalli’s Bishop Heber College andLoyola College, Chennai Chennai’s Women’s Christian College are No.4 and No. 10 respectively.

The other colleges from Chennai district in the top-100 list are Ethiraj College for Women (16), Justice Baseer Ahmed Sayeed College for Women (47), Shri Shankarlal Sundarbai Shasun Jain College for Women (59) and Meenakshi College for Women (59). From the Kancheepuram district, there are The Madras Christian College (12) and SDNB Vaishnav College for Women (62).

Coimbatore has 10 colleges in the list, while Tiruchirapalli has four. Fatima College (Autonomous) at the 27th spot is the lone college from Madurai.

Seven university-level institutions from West Bengal figured among the top 100 in the Overall ranking. Jadavpur University, which stood 12th in the Overall list was fifth among Universities Category. It ranked ahead of both University of Hyderabad, which received the Visitor's Award for Best University last year from President Pranab Mukherjee, and Delhi University.

A total of eight, including University of Mysore, figured from Karnataka in the list of 100 top institutions in the Overall category. While a total of 81 engineering colleges participated from the state, just eight of them could make it to the list of top 100 engineering colleges.

Four university-level institutions from Odisha figured among the top-ranked institutions in the country. They are Shiksha O' Anusandhan, a private deemed university (33), IIT Bhubaneswar (46), NIT Rourkela (66), and KIIT, a private deemed university (79).

In management, IIM Ahmedabad emerged the best followed by IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta. Jamia Hamdard was ranked the best pharmacy institution in the country.

Releasing the rankings' list Prakash Javadekar said that the ranking is meant to have beginning of a fair competition among the institutions for achieving excellence in their efforts. He said so far no one has raised fingers on the ranking charted out by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), working under his Ministry.

Secretary Higher, Education K.K. Sharma elaborating on ‘INDIA RANKINGS 2017’ said that a total of 2995 institutions participated in the exercise, including 232 Universities, 1024 Engineering Institutions, 546 Management Institutions, 318 Pharmacy Institutions and 637 Degree Colleges.

The following is the list of top 10 India Rankings 2017:


1. Indian Institute of Science, Banglore, 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


1. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Tamil Nadu
2. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Mumbai), Maharashtra
3. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal
4. Indian Institute of Tchnology, 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


1.Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
2. Indian Institute of Management, Banglore, Karnataka
3.Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, West Bengal
4. Indian Instituut 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. Xavior Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
10. Indian Institute of Management, Indore, Madhya Pradesh


1.Indian Institute of Science, Banglore, Karnataka
2. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Delhi
3. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
4. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Banglore.
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 Peetham, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
10. Savitribai Phule PuneUniversity, Pune, Maharshtra


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 Tiruchirapalli, 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


1. Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, Delhi
2. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali, S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali), 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
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

For a detailed list and institutional details visit https://www.nirfindia.org/ranking2017.html


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