Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 2
Panjab University has ranked seventh among 71 technical and non-technical institutes in India in the latest Times World University Rankings.
The university has secured 601-800 global rank.
IISc Bangalore, IIT Ropar, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research (Mysore), IIT Indore, Alagappa University (Tamil Nadu) and Thapar University (Punjab) rank above Panjab University.
The PU though has outperformed Aligarh Muslim University, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Anna University, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani), University of Delhi, IISER Pune, IISER Kolkata, IIT Patna, NIT Rourkela, Savitribai Phule Pune University, IIT Bhubaneswar.
Panjab University has gained substantially in teaching, doctorate awarded to bachelors, doctorate awarded to academic staff, teaching reputation, students to academic staff ratio, research reputation and industry income parameters.
PU’s score on international outlook, percentage of international students, and research and citations remained almost unchanged. However, the university will witness a downfall in institutional income for academic staff.
Teaching remained the highest ranked area for the PU with a global rank of 384, while international outlook was the lowest ranked pillar.
“I congratulate the faculty and the university staff for a stable performance in international rankings. The teaching standards have remained Punjab University’s strength for many years,” said PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Raj Kumar.
He said Panjab University would continue to grow and make progress in the coming years.
Dr Ashish Jain, Director, IQAC, said Panjab University had maintained its score and position over the last few years despite tough circumstances all around.
“It is only the institutional income which has seen a substantial fall. If we had maintained the income score then ranking would have been even better,” said Jain.
“As Panjab University is gearing up for the NAAC inspection, we are sure that the data submitted this time will be a lot more comprehensive and we shall see much better results,” he said.
Jain also congratulated the entire faculty and research scholars.