Jamia Hamdard, a New Delhi-based research institution that specialises in Unani medicine, has been ranked as the best Pharmacy institution in the country by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2020.
Union Human Resource Development Minister of Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced the NIRF Indian Rankings for Indian institutes on Thursday through an online address.
Panjab University, Chandigarh and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali secured the second and third ranking under Pharmacy category.
The NIRF selection is based on five parameters for the Pharmacy category – Teaching, learning and resources (TLR), Research, professional practice and collaborative performance (RPC), Graduation outcome (GO), Outreach and inclusivity (OI), and Perception (PR).
Jamia Hamdard secured an overall score of 80.50 while Panjab University and NIPER secured 79.80 and 74.73 respectively.
Jamia Hamdard offers graduate programmes in Information Technology and Computer Applications and Post-graduate programmes in IT, Computer applications, Business Management, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy have been started in the last few years. It also offers postgraduate and doctoral programmes in several disciplines.
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was launched in 2015 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to rank institutions of higher education in India.
The first rankings released in 2016 had four categories (Universities, Engineering, Management and Pharmacy), which has since increased to include overall, colleges, architecture and Law as categories. NIRF 2020 rankings saw participation of 3,800 institutions covering nine categories. ‘Dental’ is placed as a separate category in the ranking list this year.
Of the top 10 higher education institutions in the ‘Overall’ category, seven were IITs. Other than IISc, Bengaluru, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) were the non-IIT institutions in the top-10 list.