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NIRF ranking 2017: JNU, Jadavpur got top rank not for Afzal Guru slogans but for good research, says Javadekar

The HRD Minister released the India Rankings 2017 of National Institutional Ranking Framework in which JNU has gained second position (last year it was at number 3) while Jadavpur University has entered the top 10 list

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Taking a jibe at protesters at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jadavpur University, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said these institutions got top positions in the India Ranking Report 2017 not because of Afzal Guru slogans but for the good research work done by the students.

Releasing the rankings, Javadekar said, “JNU and Jadavpur University have done some good work especially in the field of science and therefore bagged top position, and not because of pro-Afzal slogans or for keeping their Vice Chancellor under siege.”

The HRD Minister released the India Rankings 2017 of National Institutional Ranking Framework in which JNU has gained second position (last year it was at number) while Jadavpur University has entered the top 10 list, holding number five position in the rankings.

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Javadekar also announced that the institutions that have scored 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. “The idea behind ranking is to encourage eduational institutions so that they perform well. More funding will be given to those who score well,” said Javadekar.

This year too, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru has retained the top position in the best university category and the newly introduced overall educational institutes in India category.

Besides best universities, management, pharmacy and engineering colleges, another category was introduced this year – best colleges in India. University of Delhi dominates the list with six of its colleges under top 10 category. Miranda House was ranked number 1 college. “Only those colleges have got position that have agreed to be part of it. St Stephens, Hindu College and other such institutes have not participated this year,” Prakash Javadekar said.


In engineering, IIT has grabbed the top seven slots with IIT Madras at number one position for the second time while IIM Ahmedabad has succeeded by gaining the first position in the management category, leaving last year’s top institute IIM Bangalore at number 2 position.

Also read | NIRF ranking 2017: Top 25 best higher education institutes in India

In this year’s ‘India Rankings 2017’, a total of 2995 educational institutions — both public and private — have participated which is less than last year’s number (3,563).


The Minister said the last year’s ranking was a success. “Nobody questioned last year’s ranking and that shows we have been successful in our initiative,” said he.

The NIRF outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country over parameters broadly cover teaching, learning and resources, research and professional practices, graduation outcomes, outreach and inclusivity and perception.

Top 10 universities in India

1) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
2) Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
3) Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
4) Jawaharlal Centre For Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru
5) Jadavpur University
6) Anna University
7) University of Hyderabad
8) University of Delhi
9) Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
10) Savitribai Phule Pune University

For more on NIRF 2017 news, click here

First published on: 03-04-2017 at 06:06:23 pm
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