PGIMER Chandigarh ranked 2nd in medical; Panjab University (PU) ranked 3rd in top varsities of country in Pharmacy

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5 colleges affiliated to the Delhi University (DU) make it to the top 10 in the Ranking

Sharat K Verma, The Hush Post: The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh has been ranked second in the top three institutes of the country in the in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) India Ranking, 2018 for Higher Education Institutions. And, the Panjab University (PU), also of Chandigarh, ranked 3rd in top varsities of country in Pharmacy in the NIRF Ranking announced by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, five colleges affiliated to the Delhi University (DU) made it to the top 10 in the NIRF Ranking, and the Miranda House retained its top position, consecutively for the second time.

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Many sought-after colleges, including St Stephen’s, Hindu and Hansraj that had not applied for NIRF last year, have come on board and made it to 2nd, 4th and 21st positions, respectively. “We were not aware of the NIRF registration last year and that is why we missed the opportunity to apply for it. The ministry did better publicity this time and everyone was made aware when the registration was done in September-October 2017,” DNA quoted Dr Anju Srivastava, principal of Hindu College, as having said.

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Secretary, M/o HRD said that the NIRF rankings are the corner stone of various higher education reform measures taken up by the HRD Ministry over the last four years. New categories i.e. law, architecture and medical have also been added in this year’s rankings, R Subrahmanyam disclosed.

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In this third edition of India Rankings, a total of 2809 institutions have participated in 9 categories. Collectively they have submitted 3954 distinct profiles, some in multiple disciplines/categories. This includes 301 Universities, 906 Engineering Institutions, 487 Management Institutions, 286 Pharmacy Institutions, 71 Law Institutions, 101 Medical Institutions, 59 Architecture Institutions and 1087 General Degree Colleges.

“India Rankings 2018” have ranked institutions in the disciplines/categories mentioned above, and have also provided a common overall rank across all disciplines for those institutions which have more than 1000 enrolled students.

The data received from both institutional and third party sources were subject to extensive scrutiny for consistency and correctness by a team of experts. The Rankings List includes 100 institutions each in the Overall, University, Engineering and General College Categories, and 50 each in Management and Pharmacy, 25 in Medical and 10 each in Architecture and Law. Additional rankings in suitably bunched forms are also being provided. Four institutions, which could not easily fit into any of the above categories, have been chosen for a special mention for excellence on a few parameters like Research etc.

Although the Central Government funded institutions, in general continue to do well, some of the state-funded and private universities also appear prominently. Some private institutions and universities have consistently occupied good positions, and some have been rising in their ranks, thus indicating that they offer value for money to their students. Maintenance of consistent or improved positions over previous years clearly indicates that it has not been a one-time random event. This should augur well for Higher Education.

The ranking of General Degree Colleges which was started last year, saw a much more enthusiastic participation this year, with 1087 colleges in the fray. This represents an increase by almost 100% over last year. The ranking list throws interesting light on their geographical spread. Almost all renowned institutions are represented in this year’s ranking. Similarly participation for a place in the overall rank increased nearly 25% over the last year.

This year also saw the beginning of limited ranking of institutions in new areas like Medicine, Law and Architecture.

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