Hyderabad's institutions excel in NIRF rankings

IIT-H tops several lists; Niper is topper too

HYDERABAD: Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) was ranked the best second-generation technology institute in the country, while ranking third for innovation and coming in 14th each in the overall and research categories, according to the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released on Monday.

The NIRF, released by the Union ministry of education, ranks institutions in four categories, namely ‘overall’, ‘technical’, ‘medical’ and ‘research’.

Other top-performing institutions from the state were the University of Hyderabad (UoH), which secured an overall rank of 20 and a research rank of 28.

In the overall ranking, UoH was followed by the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, at 53, and Osmania University, at 64.

A Hyderabad-specific analysis of the list saw UoH lead the way, with a rank of 10, followed by Osmania University, at 36, IIIT-Hyderabad, at 84, and St Francis College for Women, at 98.

Among the best technological institutes in the state, IIT-H led the way in eighth rank, followed by IIIT-H, at 55, UoH, at 71, and JNTU-Hyderabad, at 83.

Prof. B.S. Murty, IIT-H director, said the institute has turned into a brand and is able to attract a pool of highly-talented students and faculty members.

Expressing delight at IIT-H's innovation rank of three, Prof S. Surya Kumar, dean (innovation, translation and start-ups), said, “For us, innovation is not just a specific activity, but it is about creating an ecosystem supporting young entrepreneurs all the way from concept to market.”

In the management category, ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education secured the 40th rank, while the Institute of Management Technology (Hyderabad) ranked 84 and the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (NIAEM) ranked 98.

NIAEM was also ranked 32nd of the top 40 agriculture and allied sector institutions.

In the law category, where 30 top institutions were ranked, Nalsar University of Law at Shamirpet got third place.

Another notable performance was by the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad, which bagged the top rank in pharmacy for the first time, pushing Jamia Hamdard to the second spot, after four consecutive top rankings. City-based Anurag University was ranked 84th.

Countrywide, IIT-Madras retained the top spot among technological institutes for a fifth consecutive year, while Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was adjudged the best university and research institution.

Seven IITs, in Madras, Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Roorkee and Guwahati, figured in the top 10 overall rankings, while the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which was ranked ninth last year, improved its ranking to sixth this year and Jawaharlal Nehru University retained its tenth position.

The eighth edition of the NIRF observed that faculty members with doctoral qualifications are mostly concentrated in the top 100 institutions, observing that it was a serious handicap since mentorship received during doctoral training can play a vital role in preparing the faculty for a teaching career in higher education.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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