IIT Guwahati has been ranked 7th with a score of 74.90 among all the engineering institutes as per the India Rankings 2020 Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati has been ranked 7th with a score of 74.90 among all the engineering institutes, as per the India Rankings 2020 conducted by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) under the Union ministry of human resource development (HRD). The Institute has retained its position under this category, however, it has improved its score from 70.87 in 2019 to 74.90 this year (2020).

The Institute has also achieved the best ever rank of #7 with 68.81 score in the ‘overall’ category this year (2020). Last year, the Institute was ranked #9 with a score of 65.47.

Speaking about the rankings, Prof TG Sitharam, director, IIT Guwahati, said, “I am delighted that the overall ranking for IIT Guwahati has phenomenally improved. This is a recognition of the commitment, hard work and dedication of our faculty, students, staff and all stakeholders associated with the Institute. I acknowledge everyone’s effort in making our Institute improve steadily in the overall ranking and congratulate for this success. We will strive very hard to do even better next year.”

Score in specific parameters of ‘engineering’ category of NIRF Ranking 2020 are:

Teaching, Learning and Resources (TLR) – 83.04

Graduation Outcomes (GO) – 83.03

Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) – 59.13

Research Professional Practice and (RPC) – 70.73

Perception – 62.45

IIT Guwahati improved its scores in most of the parameters of ‘engineering’ and ‘overall’ categories.Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced the ‘National Institutional Ranking Framework’ (NIRF) 2020 results on Thursday.

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Comparative analysis
Best institutes overall
Best engineering institutes

The rankings were announced by Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Thursday.

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While IIT Madras retained the first position in overall ranking as well as in engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru topped the university list. IIM Ahmedabad topped in management category and AIIMS occupied the top slot in medical category for the third consecutive year. Miranda College also retained first position among colleges for the third consecutive year. Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Delhi secured first position in dental category.

This is the fifth consecutive edition of India Rankings of the institutions of higher education in India. In 2020, an addition to nine rankings new domain “Dental” has been introduced bringing the total tally to 10 categories or subject domains.

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Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that these rankings acts as a guide to students for selection of universities based on a set of criteria and helps universities to improve their performance on various ranking parameters and identify gaps in research and areas of improvement. He added that the Ranking of Institutions at national level instil a competitive spirit amongst institutions to perform better and secure higher rank in international ranking.

A total number of 3,771 unique institutions offered themselves for ranking under “overall”, category-specific and/ domain or specific rankings for India Rankings 2020. In all, 5805 applications for ranking were made by these 3771 unique applicant institutions under various categories / domains, which include 294 universities, 1071 engineering institutions, 630 management institutions, 334 pharmacy institutions, 97 law institutions, 118 medical institutions, 48 architecture institutions and 1,659 general degree colleges.

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Number of unique applicants to India Rankings have increased from 3127 in 2019 to 3771 in 2020 whereas total number of applications for ranking in various categories have increased from 4873 in 2019, to 5805 in 2020 i.e. total increase of 644 unique institutions and 932 total applicants.

The ranking framework evaluates institutions on five broad generic groups of parameters, i.e. teaching, learning and resources (TLR), research and professional ractice (RP), graduation outcomes (GO), outreach and inclusivity (OI) and perception (PR). Ranks are assigned based on total sum of marks assigned for each of these five broad groups of parameters

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Besides, sourcing data on various parameters from applicant institutions, third party sources of data have also been used, wherever possible. Scopus (Elsevier Science) and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) were used for retrieving publications and citations data. Derwent Innovation was used for retrieving data on patents. Data retrieved from these sources was shared with the institutions for transparency with a provision to give their inputs.

Additionally, Nishank said that to provide facility of online practicing in the difficult time of COVID-19, NTA recently launched National Test Abhyas app for JEE and NEET students and around 65 lakhs students have already downloaded the app for practicing online test.

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