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 Calcutta University and Jadavpur University have made it to the top 10 in a national ranking, the former tipping its rival by a place.

The rankings were announced on Monday evening.

CU has climbed several places from last year to rank fifth in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) carried out by the human resource and development ministry this year. It was ranked 14 last year. Jadavpur University has maintained its position at No. 6.

Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College, Rahara, and St Xavier’s College (Autonomous) have made it to the list of top 10 colleges, in the eighth and 10th positions respectively.

The 77-year-old Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, ranked ninth among colleges last year, did not find a place among this year’s top 10.

The ranks are based on several parameters — teaching, learning and resources; research and professional practice; graduation results; outreach and inclusivity; and perception.

The institutes have to post a report on the NIRF website by November. The facts are verified by experts of the ministry before the results are declared.

CU vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee attributed the university’s performance to thrust on research.

“This ranking is a recognition of our thrust on the areas of research, citation and publication. We laid special empha- sis on compiling research work and highlighted the teachers’ publications across campuses. We also bought several high-end devices for advanced research,” Chakravarti Banerjee said.

The ranking proved that CU, one of the country’s oldest universities, had managed to retain its past glory, she said.

Asked about CU being a step ahead of JU, the vicechancellor said: “Our aim is to become No. 1. I do not want to get into any comparison with JU. I am equally happy about their success. That we are slightly ahead of them won’t make us complacent.” JU vice-chancellor Suranjan Das said the NIRF results reflect Bengal’s achievement in academics as two publicly funded universities — Calcutta and Jadavpur — are both ranked among the top 10.

“St Xavier’s and Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College, Rahara, to ,figure among the top 10 colleges. I see this as a remarkable success of the state. CU has performed extremely well and I am happy about it. Our rank would have been better if we had scored higher in the engineering section,” Das said.

JU failed to make it to the top 10 among engineering institutes this year. It slipped to the 14th position from last year’s ninth. It was ranked fifth in 2017. A senior professor at JU the attributed the drop to the university’s poor performance in the perception parameter, particularly public perception. The perception parameter is determined by what the employers, academics and the public in general think of the institute.

The rankings often determine a student’s choice of institute at the time of admission besides helping the institutes get more funds from the UGC..

Source: Telegraph India

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