NIRF Ranking: Check the Top Universities in India

By Sanjeet Nayak

National Institute Ranking Framework, (NIRF) Rankings for Universities have been announced on 11th June 2020 through a Live webinar by the HRD Ministry. Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru has been awarded the Rank 1 position in India. This is the Fifth edition of NIRF Ranking 2020. The Ranking is released for 100 Top Universities in India out of 877 total Universities of India. 

Ramesh Pokhriyal said, "Ministry of HRD has taken this important initiative of creating a National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), which is being used for past five years for ranking of institutions of higher education in different categories and domains of knowledge and it is indeed a source of encouragement for all of us." 

The ranking survey was conducted on the basis of certain criteria. These criteria are mentioned below:

  1. Teaching, Learning & Resources (TLR)
  2. Research and Professional Practice (RP)
  3. Graduation Outcomes (GO)
  4. Outreach and Inclusivity (OI)
  5. Peer Perception

Top Universities in India

Rank College Name City State Score
1 Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru Karnataka 82.28
2 Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi Delhi 68.68
3 Banaras Hindu University Varanasi Uttar Pradesh 64.55
4 University of Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana 61.85
5 Calcutta University Kolkata West Bengal 60.87
6 Jadavpur University  Kolkata West Bengal 60.53
7 Anna University Chennai Tamil Nadu 60.35
8 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham  Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 59.22
9 Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal Karnataka 58.50
10 Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune Maharashtra 58.40

Indian Institute of Science

Currently ranked as the top University (Rank 1) of India for the third time(2020, 2019, 2018) in a row. The IISc (Indian Institute of Science) is a government, research university offering higher education and research faciltites in engineering, science, management, and design. This University has a past record of winning many prestigious awards like the Bharat Ratna, Padma Awards, JC Bose Fellowship Award, and many more. QS World University Rankings has ranked IISc second in the world for its research activities.

Jawaharlal Nehru University

One of the most reputed Universities in India. According to NIRF Ranking 2020, Jawaharlal Nehru University has bagged the second position among the list of top 100 Universities in India. JNU is ranked 8th overall in the National Institutional Ranking Framework ranking of 2020. In 2017, JNU also received the Best University Award from the President of India.

Banaras Hindu University

Awarded with Rank 3  because of its Outreach and Inclusivity and Research-related activities in various fields. BHU is organized into 6 institutes and 14 streams and about 140 departments. Banaras Hindu University is now 6th in rank under the Top Medical College Category.

University of Hyderabad

Ranked 4th among the top 100 universities in India and overall it has been awarded 11th under Overall criteria. In 2018 the University of Hyderabad bagged 601-650 ranks by the QS World University Rankings. In recent years this university has established itself as a high-quality research center. The dedicated faculties train their students to indulge in research activities that are being carried out by various departments of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Every year the University of Hyderabad publishes around 300 doctorates.

Calcutta University

One of the prime universities in East Zone. This is the second time the University has bagged 5th Position consecutively from 2019. In the Year 2001, the University of Calcutta received the ‘Five Star’ status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in the first cycle of the University Accreditation. Calcutta Medical College was the first Medical College established by Calcutta University in the year 1835. It has also built the first Women's College, Homeopathy College, the first science and technology college offering post-graduate studies, the first school for blind people in India. The University Of Calcutta was declared as a "Centre With Potential For Excellence In Particular Area"

Jadavpur University

QS World University Rankings has ranked the college 601-605 and 125 in Asia in 2018. The National Institutional Ranking Framework has ranked it 5th in University, 17th among engineering institutes in India in 2020, 12th in the overall category. It has a history of providing the highest standards of teaching, creativity, research, and service to the community. It abides by the principles of not discriminating on the basis of any economic status, religion, caste, gender, and race.

Anna University

Ranked 7th for the second consecutive time by the National Institute Ranking Framework. QS World University Rankings has ranked this college in 651-700 in 2018. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam late Former President of India even studied here. It has a record of educating its students technically and intellectually. Moreover, Anna University is equipped with faculties of well-defined knowledge, ethics, skills. Many of them are creative thinkers and inspiring leaders. This University aims to use technological advancements with a goal of continuous development.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

One of the private deemed-to-be-university of India. As many as 207 courses for undergraduate, postgraduate, integrated-degree, dual-degree, doctoral, and certification programs are offered in Arts & Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Business, Social Work, Biotechnology, and Mass Communication. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham university has been with 'A' grade accredited by the NAAC and has bagged the 8th rank in top universities consecutively for 3 years. According to "Outlook India", in 2020 Amrita School of Medicine bagged the 7th position among the top medical colleges in India and was even ranked 234 by the QS World University Rankings of 2019.

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Ranks 9th among Top 100 Universities in India. Manipal Academy of Higher Education is deemed to be a university. It is one of the top privately-owned research institutes, has branch campuses in Dubai and Mangalore. The QS World University Rankings of 2019 ranked the University 260-271 in the whole of Asia. It has past records in many research works and several successful science projects of testing and development. Many of its research activities are done in collaboration with many foreign country experts.

Savitribai Phule Pune University

Ranked 10th among the top 100 Universities in India. As many as 877 universities were taken into consideration for the survey. The University has 43 academic departments under it. More than 70 research institutions have been recognized by the Savitribai Phule Pune University for research. As many as 433 affiliated colleges and 232 research institutions, with an enrollment of 496,531 students.

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These rankings will guide the students for selecting the desirable Universities based on a set of criteria. It also helps the Universities in enhancing their performance. This can also act as a guideline for the Universities in India to improve its performance 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 encourages the fight for being at the top, it also helps the institutions to perform better and secure a higher rank in the international ranking.



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