September 28, 2020

IIT is lone cheer in top-100 gloom

Patna: The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released by Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday has brought twin shame to Bihar. Only seven educational institutions from the state applied for the ranking, and only one, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Patna, figures among the top 100 in the country.

National Institute of Technology (NIT)-Patna and Central University of South Bihar, which were among the top 100 institutions in the 2016 ranking, are nowhere in that pool this year.

Besides IIT-Patna, the six other higher education institutes that applied for ranking were Bihar Agriculture University, Bhagalpur; National Institute of Technology (NIT)-Patna; Central University of South Bihar, Gaya; Bhagalpur College of Engineering; Gaya College of Engineering and Patna Sahib Technical campus (Hajipur).

Patna University, which last year completed 100 years of inception, did not even bother to apply for ranking despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the university to compete globally and be counted among the world’s best institutions.

Even in the lone bright spot, there was a slide. IIT-Patna, which was last year ranked 19th in the engineering category list, has slipped to 24th rank in the category.

However, in the overall ranking, IIT-Patna improved its showing: From last year’s 83rd position to 69 now.

“The ranking came on Tuesday,” IIT-Patna director Pushpak Bhattacharyya said. “We will go for data analysis on what went wrong.”

Central University of South Bihar (CUSB), which was ranked in the top 100 institutions in 2016, has slipped out of the top 100.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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