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Jamia Millia Islamia bags top position in Central Universities government rankings

Jamia Millia Islamia ranks first in the central university government rankings beating Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Jamia Millia Islamia has the highest score of 90 percent among 40 central universities.

Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia which was embroiled in controversies for the past few months have bagged the top ranking in central university government ranking.  The list released by the Ministry of Education on the country’s university rankings placed Jamia at the top spot beating JNU and AMU.

The list reveals Jamia Millia Islamia holding the highest-ranking score of 90% followed by Arunachal Pradesh’s Rajiv Gandhi University at 83 percent, Jawaharlal Nehru University at 82 percent and Aligarh Muslim University at 78 percent.

According to a statement released by Jamia Millia Islamia, “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 score is based on an evaluation on fixed key parameters under an  MoU in 2019-2020. The parameters for evaluation included annual numbers of students admitted in UG, PG, Ph.D., and MPhil and student diversity. This also included the percentage of female students, students from other states, and foreign students. The other important factor was the faculty strength and quality, teacher vacancy, visiting faculty, etc. Additional aspect parameters included a number of students placed through campus interviews and those qualified for NET, GATE and other entrance exams.

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, said the statement.

Jamia Millia Islamia Statement

According to the Times of India, Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar said that the fear is even more remarkable because of the challenging time the university had gone through in the past year. She credited the university’s significant feat to its “high-quality teaching, relevant and focused research of highest quality and improved perception of the university”.

Jamia Millia Islamia Incident

Since December, Delhi’s top universities have been making headlines for their unwavering opposition
to the Citizenship Amendment Act. On 15 December 2019, a number of police officers had entered the campus premises to lock up notorious students who it claimed were responsible for CAA protest violence. However, later multiple video footage emerged that showed police officers assaulting students and breaking into the campus library while vandalizing college property and destroying CCTV cameras.

The incident had gone viral on social media and created a massive uproar in the country and abroad. Jamia Millia Islamia has also been the face of the protest against CAA. Many of its university students have been forced under arrest citing the draconian UAPA Act.

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