SPPU eyes ‘Institute of Eminence’ tag as NIRF rank improves

Pranita Roy
Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The chances of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) securing a position in the Centre’s ambitious ‘Institutes of Eminence’ scheme have gone up after it was promoted to ninth rank, one position up from previous year in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) India Ranking 2018.

Pune: The chances of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) securing a position in the Centre’s ambitious ‘Institutes of Eminence’ scheme have gone up after it was promoted to ninth rank, one position up from previous year in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) India Ranking 2018. 

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) announced the NIRF India Ranking 2018 on Tuesday. This year the rankings have been linked with the performance of Institutes of Eminence (IoE) scheme. 

After receiving autonomy, the varsity is vying keenly for IoE status as it then gets funding of Rs 1,000 crore besides significant academic autonomy. “Last year SPPU received only 11.20 marks in people perception. This year it reached 15.04 marks. This indicates a significant change in people’s perception of the varsity,” said SPPU Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar. 

He added, “The varsity is proceeding towards imparting quality education. The credit belongs to every member of the university and this ranking will help us get status of ‘Institute of Eminence’. Being among top 10 universities, SPPU will receive a grant of Rs 100 crore from Rashtriya Uchchtar Shikshan Abhiyan (RUSA).”
Besides SPPU, Symbiosis International Deemed University (rank 44) and Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth Deemed University (rank 49) are among the top 100 universities in the country.

“We are happy with the NIRF results. We are among the top 5 universities and first among private or self-financed universities in Maharashtra,” said Pro-Chancellor of Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Vidya Yeravdekar.
The parameters in which educational institutions were evaluated include teaching, learning and resources (TLR), research and professional practices (RPP), graduation outcomes (GO), outreach and inclusivity (OI) and perception. 

This year three new categories were added which are Medical, Architecture, and Law to existing categories, Overall, Universities, Engineering, Colleges, Management and Pharmacy, a total of nine categories. 

City engineering colleges drop by 20 ranks
BB Ahuja, Director of College of Engineering, Pune expressed disappointment on the ranking received. “It is discouraging as we have come down from Rank 24 to 45 among 100. For past one-and-half years, PhD admissions at college were stalled as SPPU has not given us permission to appoint guides. Many of our PhD professors have retired and thus we scored less in this category.”

“We don’t have region diversity, being a State government college. Majority of the seats are given to Maharashtra-based students unlike IIT and NIT. Moreover, IIT and NIT get subsidies from Central government therefore, their expenditure per student is Rs 2.5 lakh whereas CoEP has much less expenditure. All these factors have impacted the ranking,” said Ahuja.

“Last year we were not among the top 100 in overall category. This time we have managed to gain 96th rank, which is a good sign,” added Ahuja. Anand Bhalerao, Principal of Bharatiya Vidyapeeth Deemed University College of Engineering (BVDUCOE) said the college secured the 83rd position on top 100 list of engineering colleges. It has dropped from 66th rank in previous year. “This year there were more participants in NIRF ranking than last year. Thus, competition increased, as there are 20 IITs, 35 NITs and 35 government engineering colleges which adds up to 80 colleges. But we are glad  to secure a rank among top best colleges,” said Bhalerao.

There is a new entry in the list as Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) has secured  63rd rank. “This ranking is outcome of top class infrastructure provided by the Defence Research and Development (DRDO) and new courses launched here. At present 700 students are pursuing MTech and PhD courses and most of them are from the defence forces and DRDO. They do research on real issues faced by the armed forces and this gives edge over other institutes. Many students have been placed in top companies,” said Prof PK Khanna, Acting Vice Chancellor of DIAT, located in Girinagar near Khadakwasla.  
 

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