New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has secured the first spot among all central universities in the country in rankings released by the Ministry of Education.
JMI scored 90 per cent in the 'Grading/scoring of performance of central universities' among 40 central universities in India. With a score of 83 per cent, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) of Arunachal Pradesh secured the second spot, followed by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at 82 per cent and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) at 78 per cent.
The universities are scored based on an evaluation of key parameters fixed under an MoU in 2019-20.
"All the universities were required to sign a tripartite MoU with MHRD (ministry of education) and UGC for continuous evaluation. Jamia was the first university in 2017 to sign this MoU and present itself for performance evaluation," the university said in a statement.
According to a report by The Times Of India, the universities were ranked based on parameters like faculty quality and strength which included student-teacher ratio, teacher vacancy, visiting faculty, etc., annual student intake in UG, PG, PhD and MPhil and student diversity, which included the percentage of female students, students from other states and foreign students. In addition to this, the universities were also evaluated on the number of students placed through campus interviews, and the number of students who qualified in NET, GATE, etc.
"Jamia also did well on other parameters of governance, finance, national and international rankings like NIRF, NAAC and QS as well as co-curricular and extracurricular activities," the statement added.
Najma Akhtar, Vice Chancellor, said the achievement was even more significant as the varsity had gone through a 'challenging time' in the recent past. "High-quality teaching, relevant and focused research of highest quality and improved perception of the university," are some of the factors Akhtar credited for the achievement.