IISc Bangalore wins top spots in HRD Ministry's NIRF rankings

The Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) has lost three places and ranked 10th best engineering institute in the country as per the India rankings-2017 conducted by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).

Indian Institute of Technology-Madras was the top engineering school while Jamia Hamdard was judged the best pharmacy institute.

The minister said higher the rankings, greater will be the government's grants and funds to the institutes. The NIRF was introduced previous year to rank Indian universities. Only centrally funded institutes and those having over 1000 students enrolled were eligible to participate.

In the "Overall" ranking, the university, which has been at the center of controversies for over a year, has been placed at the sixth position.

For the management institutions, the top ranks were occupied by the IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta and IIM Lucknow. Other state colleges to figure in the top 50 in the general degree category are St Joseph's College, Calicut (31), St Joseph's College, Thrissur (42), Mercy College, Palakkad (48) and Little Flower College, Thrissur (49). While Pune University ranked 10th on the top universities list, the Homi Bhabha National Institute was ranked 14th. Similarly, IISc Bangalore tops the list of the best universities in the country, followed by JNU, Delhi and the BHU, Varanasi.

JNU, which was at third position in the last ranking, has been ranked second this year in "Universities" category.

HRD minister Prakash Javadekar announced the names of the top colleges, which have been ranked for the first time.

A year ago it started the framework outlines for the methodology to rank institutions and universities across the country.

He added that this will also be helpful for students as well as parents to choose an appropriate institute. He also said that some institutions have not been maintaining the data sought by NIRF for the analysis and that would have also caused the lesser participation.