Even as it slipped down from 501-600 bracket to 601-800 bracket among the world institutes, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh retained its second rank among the top universities in the country after Jadavpur University in the ‘Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017’ released here Thursday.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, retains its position as the top ranked institution of the country in 201-250 bracket, followed by seven other institutes that are ranked in 350-600 rankings, namely IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee and Jadavpur University which is also the only university in the bracket.
PU which stands ninth among educational institutes in India, is ranked second among universities, closely after Jadavpur University in 601-800 bracket with a score of 25.7. There are six other universities in 601-800 bracket after PU, namely University of Delhi, Tezpur University, Aligarh Muslim University, Savitribai Phule Pune University, University of Calcutta and Sri Venkateswara University.
Although it continues to be among the top universities in the country, PU has slipped from its earlier rankings. In 2013-14 THE rankings, it was the top ranked institute in the country in 226-250 bracket and continued to be at the top in 2014-15, when it shared the position with IISc in 276-300 bracket. However, last year, it slipped to 501-600 bracket.
PU received 23.8 marks in Teaching, 15.2 in International Outlook, 32.3 marks in Industry Income, 9.2 marks in Research and 46.2 in Citations. However, last year it had received 24.6 marks in Teaching, 14.1 in International Outlook, 28.1 marks in Industry Income, 8.8 marks in Research and 41 in Citations. It improved on its citation score and research, but the industry income witnessed a decrease.
Expressing satisfaction over the rankings, Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Arun Kumar Grover said, “Despite various challenges, the university has been able to maintain its second position among universities in the THE world rankings.” He congratulated students, research scholars, teachers and staff for maintaining the position despite the University not been able to provide better infrastructure to the students. Professor Grover had earlier highlighted how the university has been reeling under financial crunch.
Emphasising that fund shortage had been a problem, PU Teachers’ Association (PUTA), president, Promila Pathak, said the university was still among the best. “The rankings are based on quantitative data, which may vary, but the university is progressing. PU has fewer faculty as compared to other institutions and the student-teacher ratio is higher as compared to others. Despite the problems, it is ranked among top universities in India,” said Pathak.
PU has a student-staff ratio of 23.9, while that of Jadavpur University is 16.1 and Aligarh Muslim University has 10.5.
Highlighting that PU is consistently ranked second after Jadavpur University in THE world rankings, the university spokesperson said PU was first in US News Best Global Universities Rankings, among the best four in QS rankings and was ranked 8th in NIRF ranking.
Acharya Nagarjuna University, Amity University, Amrita University, Andhra University, Cochin University of Science and Technology and Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda have been ranked in the group of 801+ World Rankings.