Hyderabad: The University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been ranked among India’s best Universities, a first-ever government-backed survey, using parameters ranging from research facilities, academic excellence to the placements of graduates.
As per the rankings, released by Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Zubin Irani on Monday at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, the UoH is ranked 4th among all Institutions in the country. Among all Universities it is ranked 2nd after Jawahar Lal University. More than 230 Universities were surveyed for the rankings.
The criteria used to rank the institutions included (i) Teaching, Learning & Resources, (ii) Research, Professional Practice & Collaborative Performance, (iii) Graduation Outcomes, (iv) Outreach and (v) Perception.
UoH Vice-Chancellor Prof. P Appa Rao credited this honour to the faculty, students and non-teaching employees of UoH. “We are humbled by this achievement and the university will put in more efforts to ensure that it is recognized worldwide for its quality of teaching and research. Our alumni have played a vital role in the growth of the University and It’s our responsibility to produce quality students who will be model citizens for India,” he added.
An independent agency, the National Bureau of Accreditation, validated the data submitted by the institutes. The data for the first four parameters, which account for 90% of the weightage, was submitted by the institutions and verified by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), a body constituted by the HRD ministry last year to conduct annual quality surveys. For the perception criterion, feedback was taken from various stakeholders, including parents, teachers and alumni.
The new ranking framework has been drafted to provide an Indian context to educational aspirations and needs. This will help institutions that conduct research in languages other than English and are focused on inclusive education, two factors that are overlooked by international agencies.
More than 3,500 higher educational institutions were considered in the survey. The other categories of institutes that have been ranked include engineering, management and pharmacy.
As per the survey, the top 10 Universities in the country (in descending order) are: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad; Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam; University of Delhi, Delhi; Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvanathapuram; Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. (INN)