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IISc, JNU and BHU in India’s Ivy League
National institutional ranking identifies top universities; Delhi and Tamil Nadu colleges excel
In a sector that has witnessed a lot of churn of late, including student unrest, the roster of excellence continues to remain stolidly predictable, with the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) India Rankings 2018 throwing no surprises.
The third edition of the NIRF Rankings, released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development on Tuesday, included overall rankings across disciplines and as well as category-wise ranking for engineering, pharmacy, medical, management, architecture, law, university and colleges.
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, retained its position as India’s top-ranked university for the third year in a row. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was ranked second, followed by Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in the third place.
The top 10 in the ‘overall’ category (which considers all higher educational institutions irrespective of discipline) again had the IISc at the top and included six Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), with JNU in the sixth place and Anna University, Chennai, ranked tenth. IIT-Madras was first among the engineering colleges, IIM-Ahmedabad the best management school. AIIMS-Delhi topped among medical institutions. The Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), Chandigarh, stood second among medical colleges, and Christian Medical College, Vellore, was placed third. The National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, topped among law colleges.
Among colleges, Delhi’s Miranda House stood first, while St Stephen’s College, Hindu College, and Sri Ram College of Commerce were the other Delhi institutions to figure in the top ten, ranked second, fourth and seventh, respectively.
Bishop Heber College, Tiruchi, and Presidency College, Loyola College and Madras Christian College, Chennai, were the Tamil Nadu colleges in the top 10. The NIRF rankings assess institutions on five parameters: teaching, learning and resources; research and professional practice; graduation outcome; outreach and inclusivity; and perception.
Cong. fuelling tensions: Prasad
Minister says circumstances surrounding the violence were ‘too suspicious’
A day after violent protests across the country over the March 20 order of the Supreme Court, the Congress and the BJP were engaged in a war of words on Tuesday.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the Congress of “fuelling tensions” while the party claimed Mr. Prasad’s statement on Monday that the Centre was not a party to the case in the Supreme Court was “factually incorrect”.
Rejecting allegations of a delay in filing a review petition, Mr. Prasad targeted Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for his tweet stating that the BJP had an anti-Dalit mindset in its DNA. “Where is the delay? And let me ask Rahul Gandhi that did he appeal for peace and clam yesterday [Monday]?” he said.
Mr. Prasad alleged that the circumstances surrounding the violence on Monday, especially in BJP-ruled States, were “too suspicious.”
‘PM should explain’
Speaking to presspersons outside Parliament, Anand Sharma, Deputy Leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha, asked the Prime Minister to explain why Mr. Prasad claimed that the Centre was not a party to the case.
“The same Prime Minister is silent when his Ministers mislead. We want to know why the statement was made and we reiterate our demand that the government should now go in for urgent course correction, ensure that the law is respected in letter and in spirit and not diluted in any manner,” he said.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Supreme Court had given notice as far back as November 20 since the case involved interpreting Central statutes.
Mr. Prasad did not get into specific points but senior officials in the Ministry said hearing a review petition in an open court is a ‘vindication’ of the government.
Reliance joins race
Reliance Industries joins the fray with Star and Sony
Reliance Industries Ltd.’s plunge made the e-auction for BCCI’s media rights for international and domestic cricket to be played in India for the next five years an intriguing affair.
The e-auction, the first digital bidding process in Indian cricket, commenced on Tuesday and will continue on Wednesday with the last bid for the day standing at Rs. 4,442 crore for the global consolidated rights.
Interestingly, Reliance — along with Star India and Sony Pictures — played it safe as five bids were placed during the four-hour auction window on Tuesday.
The first bid of Rs. 4,176 crore was followed by bids of Rs. 4,201.20 crore, Rs. 4,244 crore, Rs. 4,328.25 crore and Rs. 4,442 crore.
The auction will re-commence at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
With the BCCI scheduled to host 102 matches in the five-year cycle, the per-match bid for the last one on Tuesday is marginally higher than that of Rs. 43.2 crore per match that Star paid till now.
The e-auction began in the afternoon after the morning session on Tuesday saw the technical evaluation of potential bidders.
Source:- The Hindu