Delhi University, which was ranked seven among universities in the country last year by the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF), has fallen to rank 13, behind JamiaMilliaIslamia. Its overall ranking among all institutes (which includes IITs) has fallen from rank 14 last year to 20 now.
While both JNU and Jamia continued to hold on to last year’s rank of two and 12 respectively among universities in the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s ranking, DU has seen a considerable fall. Among the parameters on which DU has not done well are student-teacher ratio with “emphasis on permanent faculty”, budget utilisation, and number and quality of publications.
Out of five parameters, DU got better scores in three than last year. But the problem areas, in which the scores have dropped, are Teaching, Learning and Resources (TLR) and Research, Professional Practice and Collaborative Performance (RPC).
As per the NIRF website, factors which combine to determining the TLR score are “student strength including doctoral students”; “faculty-student ratio with emphasis on permanent faculty”; “combined metric for faculty with PhD (or equivalent) and experience”; and “total budget and its utilisation”.