According to the last year National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF), Delhi University, was ranked seven among universities in the country and now it has fallen to rank 13 and is behind Jamia Millia Islamia. It has fallen from rank 14 last year to 20 now considering its overall ranking among all institutes (which includes IITs). Among universities in the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s ranking, both JNU and Jamia continued to hold on to last year’s rank of two and 12 respectively but DU has seen a considerable fall.
The most important parameters on which DU has not performed well are student-teacher ratio with “emphasis on permanent faculty”, budget utilization, and number & quality of publications. The main areas, in which the scores have dropped, are Teaching, Learning & Resources (TLR) and Research, Professional Practice & Collaborative Performance (RPC).
A persistent problem which has been observed in the university is the lack of permanent faculty. As of now, around 50% of DU’s teachers (roughly 4,000) are employed on an ad hoc basis. For permanent appointments, the DU Teachers’ Association has also protested.