NIRF 2023 | IIT-Madras occupies top spot; IISc Bengaluru ‘best university’

Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia are the second and third best universities, respectively

June 05, 2023 03:36 pm | Updated 10:56 pm IST

A view of Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai.

A view of Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai. | Photo Credit: Velankanni Raj B.

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), under the Union Ministry of Education, announced the India Rankings 2023 of higher education institutions in New Delhi on Monday. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras in Chennai remained the best educational institution in overall rankings for the fifth consecutive term. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru ranked as the best university in the country for eight years in a row.

Miranda House, Delhi is ranked the best college. Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad is the top management institute. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad is ranked number one for pharmaceutical studies.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi is ranked the best medical college, and Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai is the top dental college. National Law School of India University, Bengaluru is ranked the best law college in the country.

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IIT-M has also been ranked the best engineering college for the eighth consecutive year (from 2016 to 2023).

The top 100 in the overall category of higher education institutions consist of 44 centrally funded technical institutes, Central universities, 24 State universities, 13 deemed universities, 18 private universities, four agriculture and allied sector institutions, and three management institutions.  

Research category

IISc Bengaluru stood first in ‘Research Institutions’ category, too, for the third consecutive year. IISc is followed by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Jamia Millia Islamia University as the second and third best universities, respectively.

IIM-Ahmedabad retained its top position among management institutes for the fourth consecutive year, that is, from 2020 to 2023.

AIIMS, New Delhi occupies the top slot among medical colleges for the sixth consecutive year, that is, from 2018 to 2023. “Moreover, AIIMS is ranked at sixth position in Overall category thereby  improving from its ninth position in 2022,” a government release said.

The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Hyderabad tops the ranking in pharmacy colleges for the first time, pushing Jamia Hamdard to the second slot. Jamia Hamdard ranked at the first position in pharmacy colleges for four consecutive years (2019 to 2022).

Miranda House retained the first position amongst colleges for the seventh consecutive year (2017 to 2023).

IIT-Roorkee stood at first position in Architecture subject, and the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru retained its first position in law for the sixth consecutive year.

“Colleges in Delhi maintained their dominance in ranking of Colleges with five colleges out of first 10 colleges from Delhi,” the Union Education Ministry said in a statement.

Agriculture sector

Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi took the top slot in ‘Agriculture and Allied Sectors’. IIT-Kanpur topped the ‘Innovation’ category.

IISc, Bengaluru and IIT-Delhi are ranked the second and third best institutes in the overall category.

Hindu College, Delhi and Presidency College, Chennai are ranked the second and third best colleges, respectively.

IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Kozhikode secured second and third position in the ranking of management institutes, respectively.

The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and the Christian Medical College, Vellore are ranked the top second and third medical colleges, respectively. Among law colleges, the National Law University, New Delhi and Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad, stood second and third, respectively.

Releasing the report, the Minister of State for Education and External Affairs, Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, said the India Rankings have served as a valuable tool for students in selecting universities based on their relative standing in various categories and subject domains among higher education institutions (HEI) in the country.

“Multi-dimensional parameters of India Rankings have successfully captured the quality and excellence of HEIs in India,” Dr. Singh said. He said there’s a requirement of working collectively to bring more and more institutions under the ambit of India Rankings as well as accreditation.

This is the eighth consecutive edition of India Rankings of HEIs in India. “With the addition of new category (Innovation) subject domain  (Agriculture & Allied Sectors) and expansion of ‘Architecture’ to ‘Architecture and Planning’, the existing portfolio of India Rankings has increased to 13 categories and subject domains that have been ranked in India Rankings 2023,” the Centre said.

The five broad categories of parameters identified in the NIRF are teaching; learning and resources; research and professional practice; graduation outcome; outreach, inclusivity and perception. “Each of these five parameters have 2 to 5 sub-parameters. A total number of 16-18 sub-parameters are used for the ranking of HEIs in different categories and subject domains. Institutions are ranked based on total sum of marks assigned for each of these five broad groups of parameters,” the Ministry said.

In all, 5,543 unique institutions offered themselves for ranking under ‘overall’, category-specific and/or domain-specific rankings for India Rankings 2023.

“In all, 8,686 applications for ranking were made by these 5,543 unique institutions under various categories / domains including 2,478 in Overall Category, 1,314 in Engineering, and 2,746 in General Degree Colleges. A noticeable increase in institutional participation in the rankings exercise this year indicates its recognition amongst institutions of higher education in India as a fair and transparent ranking exercise. Number of unique applicants to India Rankings have increased from 2,426 in 2016 to 5,543 in 2023 whereas total number of applications for ranking in various categories have increased from 3,565 in 2016, to 8,686 in 2023 i.e. total increase of 3,117 (128.48% increase) in number of unique institutions and 5,121 (143.65% increase) in total number of applicants,” the Centre said.

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