Kochi

Only 3 colleges from district make it to NIRF top 100

Sacred Heart College secures 41st place in rankings for colleges across the country

Only three colleges in Ernakulam could make it to the list of top 100 best colleges in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings for higher educational institutions in the country released by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development on Tuesday.

Sacred Heart College, Thevara, was the topper among the city colleges as it came in the 41st place in the rankings for colleges across the country. Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kalamassery, was placed at 43rd position while St. Teresa’s College came in the 76th position in the national rankings.

Last year, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences had won the 25th rank among the best 100 colleges as per the NIRF rankings. Sacred Heart College was at the 28th position while St. Teresa’s College had bagged the 70th rank.

Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha, which was ranked 91 last year, could not make it to the top 100 this year. Sacred Heart College bagged a score of 52.52 while Rajagiri College of Social Sciences won a score of 52. St. Teresa’s College won a score of 47.78.

The district had no representation in the list of top 100 colleges in the categories of higher educational institutions offering engineering, management, medical and architecture programmes.

Five parameters

The institutions were ranked on the basis of five parameters that included teaching, learning and resources; research and professional practice; graduation outcomes; outreach and inclusivity; and perception.

The teaching, learning and resources component included student strength including doctoral students, faculty-student ratio with emphasis on permanent faculty, combined metric for faculty with PhD (or equivalent), experience and total budget and its utilisation.

The various parameters under Research and Professional Practice included combined metric for publications, combined metric for quality of publications, IPR and patents: filed, published, granted and licensed, footprint of projects and professional practice and executive development programmes.

The components under the graduation outcomes were combined percentage for placement, higher studies and entrepreneurship, metric for university examinations, median salary, metric for graduating students admitted in top universities, and metric for number of PhD students graduated.

The outreach and inclusivity parameter included percentage of students from other States/countries, percentage of women, economically and socially challenged students, and facilities of physically challenged students.

Peer perception

The peer perception parameter included facilities for physically challenged students, peer perception – employers and research investors, public perception: academics; and competitiveness.

The NIRF — begun in 2016 — ranks higher educational institutions in India on the basis of a variety of parameters.

The idea behind the ranking process is to gauge their relative standing and also help students make informed career choices.

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