JNU, Hy­der­abad var­sity top govt sur­vey

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Nee­lam Pandey nee­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Two uni­ver­si­ties now at the cen­tre of a rag­ing de­bate over na­tion­al­ism and free speech are In­dia’s best, a first- ever gov­ern­ment-backed sur­vey has found, us­ing pa­ram­e­ters rang­ing from re­search fa­cil­i­ties to em­ploy­a­bil­ity of their grad­u­ates.

New Delhi-based Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity ( JNU) and Univer­sity of Hy­der­abad have been on the boil since Jan­uary with ri­val stu­dents groups spar- ring over dif­fer­ing po­lit­i­cal ide­olo­gies, but that seems to have had lit­tle im­pact on their aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

The sur­vey re­sults as­sume sig­nif­i­cance con­sid­er­ing that stu­dents of the two cam­puses have been at log­ger­heads with the gov­ern­ment over free speech and anti-caste cam­paigns.

The rank­ings, to be re­leased by hu­man re­source devel­op­ment min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani on Mon­day, are set to show that the two uni­ver­si­ties are the best in In­dia, al­though on the over­all list they come af­ter two sci­en­tific in­sti­tutes that are not des­ig­nated as uni­ver­si­ties.

More than 3,500 higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions were con­sid­ered in the sur­vey. The other cat­e­gories of in­sti­tutes that have been ranked in­clude en­gi­neer­ing, man­age­ment and phar­macy. No rank­ing was con­sid­ered for col- leges since the re­sponse was poor.

Among the uni­ver­si­ties, the Delhi Univer­sity fig­ures among the top 10 but be­hind JNU and Hy­der­abad univer­sity. The Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia univer­sity ranks fur­ther down the or­der.

The cri­te­ria used to rank the in­sti­tu­tions in­cluded teach­ing/ learn­ing re­sources, re­search, grad­u­a­tion out­comes (em­ploy­a­bil­ity), out­reach/ so­cial and gen­der in­clu­siv­ity and per­cep­tion.

An i nde­pen­dent agency, the Na­tional Bureau of Ac­cred­i­ta­tion, val­i­dated the data sub­mit­ted by the in­sti­tutes, gov­ern­ment sources said.


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