Six Delhi University colleges have made it to the list of top 10 colleges in the country under a national ranking released by the HRD ministry, with Miranda House being ranked at number one.
Loyola College (2) in Chennai, Bishop Heber College (4) in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, St. Xavier’s College (6) in Kolkata and Women’s Christian College (10) in Chennai also featured in the top 10 list.
Besides Miranda House, the other Delhi University (DU) colleges in the list are Shri Ram College of Commerce (3), Atma Ram Sanatan Dharm College (5), Lady Shri Ram College for Women (6), Dyal Singh College (8) and Deen Dayal Upadhyay College (9).
The list announced by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar here today has been prepared on basis of a survey of “general degree” colleges under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).
Colleges have been ranked for the first time.
The list is full of surprises with DU’s ARSD College being ranked above the prestigious LSR College for Women and Kolkata’s St. Xavier’s College. The list has no mention of prominent DU colleges including St Stephen’s, Ramjas and Hindu College.
Explaining the trend, Javadekar told reporters, “The list has only considered those colleges which had applied for the process. So, even if a college is the most prestigious one and has not participated in it, there will be no suo motu ranking for it.”
“Also, the ranks have been awarded on basis of a detailed analysis of the data submitted by the universities or colleges themselves. For instance, a college may have had good placements but may not have filed a high number of patents. So all these factors have been kept in mind,” he added.
Other DU colleges which have made it to the top 100 list are Keshav Mahavidyalya (15), Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening) (34) and SGND Khalsa College (46).