IIT Madras emerges top among engineering institutions: NIRF Rankings 2017

NIRF-RankingThe Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has once again emerged as the top engineering Institution in the Country as per the India Rankings 2017 conducted by the National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The Rankings also adjudged IIT Madras as the second best institution in the Country, after Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, under the Overall Ranking of Institutions.

IIT Madras has topped the list followed by IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur in the category of ‘Engineering Institutions’. Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras on the achievement said, “It is a matter of great satisfaction for IIT Madras that it continues to be ranked #1 among engineering institutions in the country. We have improved our performance on most parameters, and quite significantly too on some key ones. We are heartened that this improved performance has ensured we remain at the top position for the second year in a row.”


“The top rank is a reflection of the complete commitment of the faculty, staff and students of IIT Madras towards fulfilling the objectives of the Strategic Plan 2020 that we have set for ourselves”, added Prof. Ramamurthi. 


The Union Minister of HRD, Prakash Javadekar , released the India Rankings 2017. Speaking on the occasion he said that “This step is a sequel of our Government’s commitment towards bringing landmark changes in the quality of education provided to students across the country for which we are working relentlessly”. Javadekar said this ranking is meant to initiate the beginning of a fair competition among the institutions for achieving excellence in their efforts.


The Minister on this occasion also announced that government will extend more help to quality education institutions. It’s a vital change in policy and will motivate all the institutions to perform and excel. Factors regarding number of research papers submitted, patents obtained and campus placement figures will also count for seeking government support. He said importance to public perception, employer perception and academic perception will also be accorded.


A total of 2995 institutions have participated in this second edition of India Rankings. This includes 232 Universities, 1024 Engineering Institutions, 546 Management Institutions, 318 Pharmacy Institutions and 637 General Degree Colleges, and others. Many of these have participated in multiple disciplines, adding to a total of 3319 participants across disciplines.


“India Rankings 2017” have ranked institutions in the disciplines/categories mentioned above, and have also provided a common overall rank across all disciplines for those institutes which either have more than 1000 enrolled students, or which are centrally funded.


The Secretary, Higher Education, K.K.  Sharma said, “A very exciting feature of this year’s Rankings is the ranking of General Degree Colleges in Arts and Sciences from across the country. While many of the names appearing in the top-100 list are well known and famous, there are many others who may not be so well known but have fared well. Clearly these need to be watched out for in future.  There are also a few notable absentees here as also in other categories, due to their non-participation. We hope that there will be more enthusiastic participation in the years to come”, he added.


Some of the highlights of the NIRF rankings 2017 released are

  • Major changes have been incorporated with inclusion of Overall Common Ranking, Discipline-wise Ranking as well as improvement in sub-parameters under research, graduation etc.

  • Weightage has been given to institution size in terms of student strength, publication quality given weightage, introduction of highly-cited paper, data on patents granted and published, and graduation outcomes

  • The rankings are for about 3319 institutes of higher education which have voluntarily chosen to participate in the ranking system and changes have been made according to the feedback received last year. 

  • Promotion of international standards in educational institutes is being considered through Project Vishwajeet

  • Deficiencies in the education system will be highlighted with the help of these rankings

  • The top 100 institutes contribute to 80% of the research output in the country

  • It has been found that a large number of institutes are operating with sub-critical faculty numbers which is a cause of concern. MHRD, UGC, AICTE, and State Education Departments have been instructed to work towards overcoming these deficiencies. 

  • Guidelines are being issued to sensitise Higher Education Institutes to work for quality education

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