Panjab University again slips in Times Higher Education rankings

Updated on Mar 11, 2021 01:09 AM IST

From 166 in 2020, the varsity has slipped to 201-250 group in rankings for emerging economies; it was ranked 13 in 2014

Panjab University’s overall score is 27.0-29.1, which was 28.9 in 2020. Back in 2014, it had scored 40.2. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Panjab University’s overall score is 27.0-29.1, which was 28.9 in 2020. Back in 2014, it had scored 40.2. (HT FILE PHOTO)
ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Panjab University (PU) has yet again slipped in The Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University rankings declared on Tuesday.

From 166 in 2020, the varsity has slipped to 201-250 in 2021. PU ranked 150 in 2019 and this is the fourth year in a row that it has slipped.

According to the rankings, apart from Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), the varsity is behind Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University (134), Jawaharlal Nehru University (161), Savitribai Phule Pune University (169), Thapar University (179), University of Delhi (182), Banaras Hindu University (190) and Jamia Millia Islamia (195).

PU’s overall score is 27.0-29.1, which was 28.9 points in 2020. The varsity has increased its score in a few parameters. In research, PU has shown a little increase from 14.4 points in 2020 to 15.2 points this year. PU had scored only 11 in 2019 and 8.6 in 2018 in research.

In teaching, the varsity has scored 29.1 points which is slightly higher than 27 points scored in 2020.

Panjab University again slips in Times Higher Education rankings
Panjab University again slips in Times Higher Education rankings

Scored low on citations, international outlook

In citations, PU has scored 52.9 points, which is lower than 56.6 scored last year and in international outlook the varsity’s score has plunged to 15.9 points this year as compared to 16.4 points last year.

PU’s score in the industry income has also shown a slight dip to 34.7 points this year which was 34.9 points in 2020.

Director of PU’s Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) Ashish Jain said, “The university has improved on research and teaching. In terms of international outlook we need to increase the visibility on international platforms for which proactive steps are being taken by the university.”

According to the rankings, the varsity’s overall score was 40.2 points in 2014 and it went down to 23.9 points in 2017. In citations, PU had scored 84.7 points and in international outlook its score was 29.3 points in 2014 which is higher than its score now.

Former PU vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said, “Other institutions are continuously improving while PU remains stagnant. The university is not trying to overcome its weaknesses.”

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