Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) in Delhi, which had been the epicenter of the protest activity against the Citizenship Amendment Act, has ranked first in the list of Central Universities released by the Ministry of Education. Jamia beats JNU and Aligarh Muslim University among a list of 40 other central universities.
Following a detailed studying at the grading and scoring of Central Universities, it revealed that Jamia bagged the highest score of 90 per cent, followed by Rajiv Gandhi University of Arunachal Pradesh (83 per cent), Jawaharlal Nehru University (82 per cent) and Aligarh Muslim University (78 per cent).
As per the Jamia’s statement, the ranking is according to the tri-party evaluation signed between the varsity and the HRD Ministry (now Ministry of Education) and the University Grants Commission or UGC.
JMI statement: “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 rank was on the basis of parameters such as a number of students admitted every year in UG, PG, PhD and MPhil as well the range of diversity amongst students, prepared in terms of percentage of female students as well as the percentage of students from other states and countries.
In addition, faculty quality, student-teacher ratio, teacher vacancy and other factors were also included in the list of parameters used in the assessment of the score. Students placed through campus interviews and those qualifying for NET & GATE, among other entrance tests.
As per The Times of India reports, Vice-Chancellor Najma Aktar said that the feat was even more significant as the varsity had gone through a ‘challenging time’ in the recent past. “High-quality teaching, relevant and focused research and improved perception of the university,” were some of the factors credited by VP Akhtar.