IIT-Madras was ranked number one engineering institute in the country for the fifth time in a row in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2020 rankings released on Thursday. It has also secured number one ranking in the overall category for the second straight year.
In the universities category, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, was ranked number one, while Jawaharlal Nehru University and Banaras Hindu University ranked second and third, respectively. Christian Medical College, Vellore, has been ranked third best medical college in the country after AIIMS, New Delhi, and PGIMER in Chandigarh.
Presidency College in the city secured fifth rank and Loyola College secured sixth rank among colleges. Miranda House, New Delhi, stood first. Among private universities, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham got fourth rank in universities category. Thirty-two TN colleges made it to the top 100 colleges list across the country.
However, state universities including Anna University and Madras University slipped five and two places from their last year’s position to secure 12th and 22nd rank on the list this year. Meanwhile, Bharathiar University climbed one position to rank 13th on the ranking list. “We are delighted to maintain our top position for the fifth time running. This is the result of the excellent work of our faculty, students and staff, and we look forward to continuing on the path of excellence in the coming years and making a mark nationally and internationally,” said Bhaskar Ramamurthy, director, IIT-Madras.
Surprisingly, Anna University which was ranked seventh among universities and ninth among engineering institutes has slipped five ranks in both the categories. The university has lost 10 points in research and professional practice parameters.
“The research data is being gathered by NIRF independently. We have to look at the data because our research output has not gone down in 2019,” said M K Surappa, vice-chancellor, Anna University.
He further said the university lost two more points in graduation outcome as nearly 400 students left the university departments to join the MBBS course. “The state government needs to address the issue,” he added.
Madras University has slipped by two places to 22. Madurai Kamaraj University has slipped 15 places to secure 60th position while Bharathidasan University moved up by seven places to 53rd rank.
Vellore Institute of Technology and Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham are two private institutions among the top 20 with 15th and 20th ranks.
“Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and its medical college have once again found the place in the top 10 in the NIRF Ranking 2020. This achievement would not have been possible without the efforts put in by all students and staff of the university,” said P Venkat Rangan, vice-chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.