IIT-Mandi attains top rank in Himachal

At 67th position in nation | HPU slips from 164th to 169th rank

IIT-Mandi attains top rank in Himachal

The IIT complex in Mandi.

Tribune News Service
Solan, June 11

In the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development today, IIT-Mandi bagged the top position in the overall category in the state and attained the 67th position by attaining a score of 46.56.

Two private universities, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Solan, and Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, and government-run NIT, Hamirpur, also figured in the rank band of 151 to 200 in the same category.

Based on stringent parameters, where overall strength of an institute such as student strength, financial resources and its utilisation, faculty with PhD, quality of publications, IPR and patents published and granted, and footprints of projects are assessed, it is the most credible ranking of professional institutes.

Among engineering colleges, both government-run colleges occupied the top ranks in the state. While IIT-Mandi bagged the 31st position with a score of 54.17, NIT, Hamirpur, was placed at the 98th position with a score of 37.73. Among private universities, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan, occupied the 112th position with a score of 36.72, while Jaypee University of Information Technology, Solan, was placed at the 115th position with a score of 36.55.

Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences was the only university to be included at the 39th position nationally among pharmacy colleges after attaining a score of 45.69, while among management colleges, it was listed in the rank band of

76 to 100. No other management institute has found

a place in the NIRF ranking in the state.

No state or private University in Himachal is among top 100. Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), the oldest University in the state slipped from 164th to 169th position, while Jaypee University of Information and Techmnology, Waknaghat (Solan) was ranked 119.

The two farm universities, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, and CSK Agriculture University, Palampur, have not been included in the NIRF ranking this year. Nauni varsity was listed at the 80th rank last year.

There were 17 private universities in the state, besides a Central University at Kangra, Himachal Pradesh University at Shimla and HP Technical University, Hamirpur. None of them have figured in the NIRF ranking. Out of the 10 private universities in Solan district, only two continue to figure in this list, consecutively, for the past several years. Marred by fake degree scam, the image of majority of the private universities in the state has taken a drubbing.

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