Panjab University (PU) has been ranked 12th in the first National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released by the ministry of human resource development on Monday.
In the rankings for the higher educational institutions, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), PU, has secured second place among country’s pharmacy institutes and the University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) has been placed at Number 100.
If the science institutes are excluded from the rankings, including Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Panjab University (PU) stands at number 8.
Vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover congratulated the staff and students for university’s consistent good performance in various national and international rankings. “The university is consistently trying to improve its performance in education and research,”he said.
President of the Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) Prof Akshaya Kumar said, “The fact which needs to be noted here in these rankings is that all public-funded institutes have a place in the list, showing that state funding is necessary for institutes of higher education.”
He, however, said the ministry’s role didn’t end at ranking the universities, it had the role to nurture them by catering to their needs. “The ministry need not do this as private agencies are there for the job,”he said.
Parameters for the ranking
PU spokesperson said that rankings were finalised on different parameters, such as perception of the institute by stakeholders; representation of women and physically challenged individuals; outreach activities; effectiveness of the core teaching/learning activities, higher studies and placements; research; and infrastructure.
Varsity’s other feats
In the Times Higher Education rankings for 2015-16, PU was ranked after Jadavpur University in the 501-600 group of world rankings. PU was ranked Number 1 in India (ranked 363 overall) in the Thomson Reuters-powered ‘Best Global Universities Rankings 2016’ by US News and Global Report. In February 2016, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India had adjudged PU as the ‘Best University Campus’.