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IISc, JNU, HCU Among Top 5 Universities in India as per NIRF Ranking

Bangalore-based IISc tops Indian Universities in NIRF ranking while JNU and HCU make it to the top 5 in the country’s first ever ranking of educational institutes and universities.

Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has been ranked India’s best institute, while Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the University of Hyderabad (UoH), both of which have been in news recently, are also placed among the top 5 universities, said the country’s first National Institutions Ranking Framework (NIRF), which was instituted by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development last year to assess some 3,500 campuses and prepare the first India Rankings ever.

Even Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) has topped the management institutes ranking while Karnataka’s Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences has topped the pharma category.

The list released by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry on Monday is the first comprehensive framework to rank Indian institutions on the basis of a set of objective parameters and other university ranking mechanisms. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), under the aegis of the University Grants Commission, assesses and assigns a score to Indian higher education institutions.

For NIRF ranking, the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) was obtained after assessing the institutes and universities across the country and accordingly assigned ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ or ‘D’ grade. The evaluation and ranking is done by a team that visits the campus. In addition, institutes were asked to submit their own data which are vetted by the National Bureau of Accreditation.

The new ranking under NIRF has made a list of institues or universities under 5 broad headings — teaching, learning and resources; research, consulting and collaborative performance; graduation outcomes; outreach and inclusivity; perception.

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