NIRF Ranking: Check the Top Engineering Colleges

By Sarada Rath

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has announced the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Ranking 2020 on 11 June 2020. Here we have presented the list of top 10 Engineering colleges present in India that contains 9 IITs (Indian Institute Of Technology) and 1 NIT (National Institutes of Technology).  NIRF ranking is an annual report card to the nation and to the stakeholders on what has been done by the institution in the last year.

The NIRF ranking is based on 5 Parameters:

  • Teaching, Learning, and Resources (Ranking Weightage = 0.30)
  • Research, Professional Practice, and Collaborative Performance (Ranking Weightage = 0.20)
  • Graduation Outcomes (Ranking Weightage = 0.25)
  • Outreach (Ranking Weightage = 0.15)
  • Perception (Ranking Weightage = 0.10)

Students who are aiming to pursue their career in Engineering in India can go through the NIRF Ranking list and get a clear idea about the performance of different Engineering colleges. Here we have listed 10 Engineering colleges that topped the NIRF ranking 2020 in which IIT Madras bagged the first position with 89.93 scores.

Top 10 Engineering Colleges as per NIRF Ranking 2020:

Rank College Location Score
1 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras Chennai, Tamil Nadu 89.93
2 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi New Delhi, Delhi 88.08
3 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay Mumbai, Maharashtra 85.08
4 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 82.18
5 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur Kharagpur, West Bengal 80.56
6 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee Roorkee, Uttarakhand 76.29
7 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati Guwahati, Assam 74.90
8 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad Hyderabad, Telangana 66.44
9 National Institute of Technology (NIT) Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu 64.10
10 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore Indore, Madhya Pradesh 62.88

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1. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

Tops the list once again this year. It was also crowned as the top Engineering college in India by NIRF in 2019. It is one of the best institutes in higher technological education and applied research. The Institute has 16 academic departments and many advanced research centres in various specializations of engineering and sciences. IIT Madras has approximately 100 laboratories that are assembled in a special pattern of functioning.

2. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi

Bags the 2nd position twice in NIRF Ranking's top Engineering colleges in India. It is one of the 23 IITs created to be Centres of Excellence for training, engineering, technology, and research & development in India. Over 48000 students have graduated from IIT Delhi in various streams including Engineering, Management, Physical Sciences, and Humanities & Social Sciences. Among these, nearly 5070 received Ph.D. degrees and over 15738 graduated with a degree.

3. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay

Retains its 3rd position as to the previous year. The institute is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in the field of engineering and technology. IIT Bombay has exceptional faculties who have the reputation of contributing their research internationally. These faculties are responsible for outstanding research and academic programmes at the institute. The institute is fully residential accomodating students in its 15 hostels that have in-house dining. The campus also encourages extracurricular activities through its sports and recreational facilities.

4. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur

Has risen above its rank of 5th in 2019 to 4th in 2020. Under the Institutes of Technology Act, IIT Kanpur was announced as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India. During the first 10 years of its establishment, an association of 9 US universities (MIT, UCB, Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, Case Institute of Technology and Purdue University) cooperated to set up IIT Kanpur's academic programmes and research laboratories under the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP). It was also the first college to introduce computer science engineering.

5. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur

Has snooped down to the 5th position. Previously it held the 4th position consistently. In 2019 the government of India awarded IIT Kharagpur the status of the Institute of Eminence. IIT Kharagpur receives more funding than any other engineering colleges in India. For its performance evaluation, IIT Kharagpur obeys the credit-based system with a proportional weighting of courses based on their importance. To talk about infrastructure, IIT Kharagpur has 13 schools of excellence, 19 academic departments, 8 multi-disciplinary centres/schools, and more than 25 central research and development units. 

6. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee

Retains its number 6 position again in the ranking. IIT Roorkee has 22 academic departments that provide education in various disciplines such as, Engineering, management, Applied Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences. It provides strong attention to its scientific and technological education and research. In 2019, IIT Roorkee was ranked 5th by "The Week" among top engineering colleges in India.

7. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati

Retains its number 7 position of NIRF ranking once again this year. IIT Guwahati campus is present on the northern banks of Brahmaputra next to the North Guwahati town of Amingaon. It has a reputation as the most beautiful campus in India. Times Higher Education ranked IIT Guwahati 601 - 800 in the world in 2020. In 2019 it was also ranked 143 in Asia and 140 among Emerging Economies.

8. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad

Once again sticks to its number 8 position as of the previous year. IIT Hyderabad is one of the eight young IITs. IIT Hyderabad offers BTech and MTech degrees in 10 specializations of Engineering, UG and PG degree in Design (B.Des and M.Des), Masters degree in science (M.Sc.), and M. Phil degree in liberal arts. IIT Hyderabad is an organic campus and one of the best examples of carbon-neutral, energy-efficient, and sustainable architecture in India. In 2019, QS World University Rankings ranked IIT Hyderabad 198 in Asia and 94 among BRICS nations.

9. National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchirappalli

It is the only NIT that is present in the top 10 of the NIRF ranking. It was in number 10 position the previous year but has jumped in this year's ranking. Also called NIT Trichy, it is one of India's oldest and most prestigious engineering and technology universities. The first of its kind Space Technology Incubation Centre (S-TIC) is set up by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in this campus. NIT Trichy offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in various disciplines of engineering, science, management, and architecture. With more than 3400 enrolled students, NIT Trichy has 16 departments and about 250 faculty members. In 2020, NIT Trichy was also ranked 801-1000 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 201-250 among universities of emerging economies. In 2019, it was ranked 201-250 among universities in Asia.

10. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indore

Features first time in the top 10 NIRF rankings. The college showed immense improvement in all the parameters set by NIRF. It is one of the 8 new IITs to be established by the MHRD. IIT Indore offers B.Tech, M.Tech, and Ph.D. programs in engineering. It also offers M.Sc and Ph.D. programs in basic sciences and humanities. IIT Indore offers several scholarships for students from different educational backgrounds. IIT Indore offers numerous engineering courses including Metallurgy Engineering and Biosciences & Biomedical Engineering (BSBE). In 2020, Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked IIT Indore 351-400 in the world, 50 in Asia, and  61 among top emerging economies.

These rankings will guide the students for selecting their desirable universities based on a set of parameters and help the Colleges increase their performance. This can also act as a guideline for the College to improve its performance in the field of research and focus on the areas that are in need of development. Pokhriyal said  "It is indeed befitting that besides Overall ranking, category-specific rankings are done for colleges and universities and subject-specific rankings are done for Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Architecture, Law, and Medicine. A new subject domain, i.e. “Dental” is introduced from 2020 onwards". The Ranking of Institutions at the national level introduces competitiveness among all the institutions to perform better and move up in international rankings.

Here are the details about the rest 85 top Engineering Colleges of India


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