Jadavpur University is the only Indian university to figure on the list of top-100 institutes in Asia.
While JU is ranked 84th, Calcutta University trails by quite a distance, placed in the 141-150 band. JU is, in fact, the only non-technical Indian institute to figure among the top 100, led by IISc Bangalore at 27 and has six IITs.
Two years ago, JU was ranked higher at 76, but Punjab University had an even better rank of 32; Jawaharlal Nehru University was at 90.JU did not participate in the 2015 rankings.
It was a proud moment for the faculty and the students to beat the more fancied central universities that get fat grants from the University Grants Commission, said Suranjan Das, vice-chancellor of JU, which is now ahead of IITKanpur and Punjab University, which figures in the 111-120 band in this year’s rankings.Against Rs 28 crore that JU re ceived for a five-year period, JNU got in excess of Rs 300 crore. “Despite financial difficulties, education, teaching and research at JU is of the highest standard. In terms of value derived from the grant or input-output ratio, JU did much better than other universities. The ministry of human resource development should acknowledge it, give JU a `Centre of Excellence’ tag and raise grants to match that of central universities so that we can aim higher and compete globally ,“ Das said.
JU would have ranked even higher had it fared better in international outlook, one of the five criteria. While the university received 39 points for teaching, it got an abysmal 7.7 in international outlook that pulled down its overall weightage to 30.7. The university got 33.8 for industry income, 31.8 for citations and 27.6 for research. “The areas that we didn’t fare well require funds. We want to upgrade our labs with latest equipment and library with international publications but are unable to do so to the desired level. We cannot offer research and travel grants that would increase the university’s international exposure and outlook. If we had adequate grants, we could have an international hostel and take in up to 15% global students,“ Das added.
Of JU’s annual budget of around Rs 300 crore, it gets Rs 20 crore from UGC, and Rs 20 crore as plan grant from various ministries as research projects and programmes.The rest is funded by the state.
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