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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Despite ranking first, Panjab varsity still has miles to go

Surender Sharma , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh , June 20, 2014
First Published: 11:14 IST(20/6/2014) | Last Updated: 11:19 IST(20/6/2014)

Research papers published by Panjab University (PU) scholars and faculty members in physics, chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences have largely contributed in the varsity topping the list of higher academic institutions in the country.

Otherwise, the university has not fared well on parameters like industry sponsored projects, excellence in research and teaching standards that includes student-teacher ratio as compared to other institutions.

Detailed score cards of various institutions put up by the Times Higher Education Asia University Ranking 2014 show that Panjab University has scored the lowest in the teaching parameter with 25.8%, even less than Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, which scored 26.4%.

JNU was ranked the lowest in the survey among the top 10 Indian institutions on the list. Teaching had a 30% weightage in the overall ranking.

PU also fared poorly on the research parameter. Its score was 14 and only two universities, JNU and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), are behind it with a score of 12% and 11.3%, respectively, among all ten Indian institutes.

The research category was an important element and carried 30% weightage in the overall score. The university is also behind other institutions when it comes to income from projects undertaken in collaboration with industry as compared to IITs. PU’s score was 28.4%, almost the same as that of Jadhavpur University and AMU whose score was 28.2%.

JNU and IIT Delhi have not shared their industry income details. This category had weightage of 2.5% in the overall score of any university.

Scoring 84.7% in the category of citation, PU ranked highest in citation among Asian institutions and this is what has contributed to its current rankings. Other varsities have scored poorly in this category.

WHAT IS CITATION SCORE?

Citation score is based on the frequency with which research conducted at a university is used/quoted/cited by other researchers. The score is finally based on comparing citations of different universities that have applied for the survey.

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