IISc Bangalore Rates 1st in NIRF India Ranking 2017 (Best University)

The NIRF India Ranking 2017 has been released by the MHRD today at the PIB Conference Hall, Shastri Bhawan. The press conference started at 1:30 PM declaring the Best University Of India. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar unveiled the rankings.

There were some changes in the parameters taken into consideration to assess the many colleges and universities in India. Here are the key highlights till now:


A total of 2,735 institutes voluntarily participated in the NIRF Ranking, down from 3,563 institutes last year.


The ranking comprised 6 major categories in comparison of 4 categories last year. The categories thus include Engineering Institutes, University, Pharmacy Institute & Management Institute, Common overall rank (new) and General Degree Colleges (new).


All the parameters considered for the evaluation are aligned with the international standards. However, this year the MHRD considered the inclusion of some national parameter as well, i.e. regional diversity, the inclusion of disadvantaged section, gender inclusivity, outreach etc. These five parameters include:

  • Teaching, Learning, and Resources (TLR)

Here the institutes are assessed on a multi-point system including faculty-student ratio, student strength, financial resources and their utilisation, etc. This segment holds a total weight of .30.

  • Research and Professional Practice (RPP)-

RPP is assessed on the basis of the number of research paper and journals published by the students, the quality of such publications and their reach.  The weight of RPP is 0.30

  • Graduation Outcome (GO):

For Graduation Outcome, the institutes are assessed on the basis of the excellence of students, the number of successful placements and the ratio of students securing seats in top universities. The segment is again weighted 0.30.

  • Outreach and Inclusivity (OI):

Here the institutes are ranked based on the diversity of the students, like the ratio of students from different states, the number of men and women students. This segment weighs 0.10.

  • Perception:

The institutes here are judged based on the perception of peer & public for the institutes. The overall weight of perception is 0.10.

  • Readings:

The MHRD’s NIRF Ranking 2017 predicts some noteworthy outcomes. The assessment summed up that the 70% of the total research output of the country is derived from all the institutes that participated in the assessment. The top 100 institute in the ranking is responsible for the 80% of research output. There are many deficiencies in the present educational system and the assessment system highlights them in details.  One of which is institutes having a sub-critical number of faculty. The assessment indicates that MHRD, AICTE, UGC and State Education Departments need to work on curbing these deficiencies.

What’s new:

To promote International standards in the current educational system, the Government is planning to launch “Project Vishwajeet”. This is still under consideration and confirmed soon.

The topper:

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc Bangalore) shines out as the Best University in India as per NIRF 2017 ranking of universities. It is the second time that the institute has won the prestigious ranking. IISc Bangalore, the institution has been prominently featured in worldwide rankings these past few years, from Times Higher Education rankings to QS rankings.

The complete list of the universities ranking would be released next week.

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