Bengaluru's Indian Institute of Science has retained its position as the top educational institution of the country for the second year in a row. The Union HRD ministry released the list of 100 top educational institutions under the National Institutional Ranking Framework, where, apart from IISc, seven IITs figure in the first 10 positions. The other two are Banaras Hindu University and Jawaharlal Nehru University.
In the newly introduced overall list, IISC Bangalore is followed by IIT Madras, IIT-Bombay, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Delhi.
Interestingly, JNU, which was at the centre of several controversies, has improved its position in the university category from third in 2016 to second this year. Overall, the university is placed sixth.
University of Hyderabad, which also saw fierce students' agitation for a long time following the death of Dalit student Rohith Vemula, slipped from fourth rank last year to sixth this time.
Banaras Hindu University, by far, had the best improvement over its previous rating. In 2016, it was on the seventh rung, but this year, it rose to be the third best university.
For the first time, the government also released a list of top 100 colleges. Six of the top 10 colleges are from Delhi University, the list being led by Miranda College, followed by Loyola College-Chennai, Shri Ram College for Commerce-Delhi, Bishop Heber Tiruchirapalli-Tamil Nadu and Atma Ram Sanathan Dharam College-Delhi.
Releasing the 2017 rankings, HRD Minister Prakash Javedkar said that more grants and funds would be made available to the institutions ranked higher.
The ranking parameters were launched in September 2015 by the government. The first rankings were made public in 2016. Four lists were released last year -universities, engineering institutions, management and pharmacy.
This year, two more categories were added, one overall category and second general studies colleges.
More than 3,300 institutes were considered for the survey. However, it still isn't comprehensive since many prominent colleges refused to be part of the ratings. Some of these were Delhi's St Stephen's College, Hindu College, Delhi School of Economics, Ramjas College and Hansraj College.