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NIRF rankings: IIT-Bombay retains its third spot, Mumbai University among top 50 universities – Times of India

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MUMBAI: While the premier IIT-Bombay maintained its third position in the country in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for 2022, Mumbai University (MU) jumped several places to figure among the top 50 universities. It ranked 45. In the “overall” category, too, MU went up 15 places to bag the 81st position. The seventh edition of NIRF was released on Friday.
The city’s St Xavier’s College, ranked 87, is back among the top 100 colleges in the country, after dropping to the 101-150 band last year. While Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) improved its position in the research category, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) plunged 29 places in the overall category. It is now ranked 99 in the country, below Mumbai University.
IIT-B obtained an 80-plus score in the overall, engineering and research categories. On IIT-B’s performance, director Subhasis Chaudhuri said, “IIT-Bombay always strives to provide the best all-round career training for all our students and to focus on research and entrepreneurial activities that have greater impacts to our society.” NIRF evaluates institutes on teaching, resources, research, professional practice and graduation outcomes.
Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), stood 28 in the overall ranking. “Everyone at ICT acted more responsibly and did not let Covid affect their performance or spirit. We suffered a bit as research funding dropped significantly due to Covid,” said ICT vice-chancellor Aniruddha Pandit. The number of sponsored research projects fell from 170 to 114 with funding reducing from Rs 31.2 crore to Rs 25.3 crore in 2020-21, the year considered for the NIRF 2022. VJTI’s rank slipped to 119 from 82.
While MU has seen its ranking improve, its performance in research lags. “The university has consistently done better in NIRF over the past five years. It has done well in parameters such as teaching, learning and resources, graduation outcome, so now it is focused on further improving research, professional practice and peer perception,” said MU vice-chancellor Suhas Pednekar.
Among management institutes, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) stood at rank 9 in the country and the first in the city. “During Covid, we ramped up our outreach. We conducted global programmes with top faculty from international universities. Also, we encouraged faculty to publish in renowned journals and our alumni stepped up their support and placements were also better,” said Manoj Tiwari, NITIE director.
In the college category, College of Social Work Nirmala Niketan remained at the top in the city. St Xavier’s had slipped to the 101-150 band last year, but had always been in the top 100. “Last year, probably due to Covid and lockdown impact, our ranks slipped. We have improved in research, student progression etc. We are eyeing to be among the top five in the country,” said principal Rajendra Shinde, adding that starting innovative courses and better placements have helped too.
While TISS’ comparative rank has dropped, an official said the total final score appears to be the same as last year.
Homi Bhabha National Institute remained a top institute in the country. Six city institutes made it to the top 100 in pharmacy. Nair Dental College ranked 17th in the country in its category, while not a single government medical college from the city made it to top 100.


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