The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras was adjudged the best educational institution under the overall category in the eighth edition of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings 2023.
This was the fifth year in a row the Chennai-based institute earned that laurel. It also retained the top position as the best engineering institute for the eighth consecutive year.
Minister of State for Education and External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh on Monday, 5 June, released the NIRF rankings — a method used by Union Education Ministry to rank higher education institutions in the country.
Of the best 100 institutions across India, 36 are from the southern states and Union Territories (UTs), according to the report.
Hon'ble Minister of State for Education, Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh released 'India Rankings Report for 2023'.
He also presented awards and certificates to the top-ranked institutions in various categories and subject domains.
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36 institutions from South India
The NIRF is prepared by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) — one of the two major bodies responsible for the accreditation of higher education institutions, the other being the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
The institutes have been ranked on five parameters: teaching learning and resources, research and professional practice, graduation outcome, outreach and inclusivity, and peer perception.
IIT Madras was followed by another prestigious South Indian institution — the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru — in the overall category.
A total of 18 educational institutions in the top 100 are from Tamil Nadu, the highest across the states in the country, as per the report.
Some of these include the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Anna University, NIT Trichy, and the University of Madras.
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Next among the southern states is Karnataka, with as many as seven educational institutes — including NIT Surathkal and the Mysore University — in the top 100.
Karnataka is followed by Kerala and Telangana with four institutions each in the overall category.
While NIT Calicut and Kerala University made it from Kerala, IIT Hyderabad, Osmania University, and NIT Warangal were included from Telangana.
Two institutes from Andhra Pradesh found a spot in the top 100, while the Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) was included from Puducherry.
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South institutions shine in other categories
Beginning with four categories in 2016, the NIRF has 13 in its 2023 edition and is said to be the largest in its scope thus far.
At least one educational institution from South India has made it into the top three of each category except for agriculture and allied sectors.
IISc Bengaluru has been ranked first across Indian Universities and Research Institutions categories.
While Presidency College in Chennai finished second in the Colleges section, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad and Bengaluru secured the first and second positions among the top MBA institutions in the country.
The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bengaluru and NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad were adjudged first and third among the top law institutions in the country.
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Hyderabad topped the Pharmacy category while the Christian Medical College in Vellore finished second among Dental institutions.
NIT Calicut secured the second position among top Architecture institutions, while IIT Madras and Hyderabad finished second and third, respectively, among top institutions in Innovations.
Meanwhile, Coimbatore-based Tamil Nadu Agricultural University was ranked fifth among 40 premier agricultural institutions in India.