IIT Madras is India's best institution for the third consecutive year: Here's the top ten list!

It's a hat-trick for the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) as it has been named as the best institution in India for the third consecutive year. IIT-M had retained the top spot despite being surrounded by allegations of discrimination and harassment meted out to the students. The National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF) has released its ranking for 2021 in which it has revealed the best Indian institutions. The rankings were on Thursday released by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and IIT-M has secured the top spot for the third year in a row. 

IITs continue to dominate the rankings as seven IITs had got placed in the list of top ten Indian institutions. Following the IIT-M, the Indian Institute of Science in Karnataka has ranked second. The list goes with IIT Bombay (3rd), IIT Delhi (4th), IIT Kanpur (5th), IIT Kharagpur (6th), IIT Roorkee (7th), IIT Guwahati (8th), Jawaharlal Nehru University (9th), and Banaras Hindu University (10th). Following Banaras Hindu University, Calcutta University has been ranked 11th, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Tamil Nadu ranked 12th, Jamia Millia Islamic in Delhi ranked 13th, Jadavpur University in West Bengal ranked 14th, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education ranked 15th. 

NIRF ranks the educational institutions under ten categories - Overall, University, Engineering, College, Management, Pharmacy, Law, Architecture, Medical, and Research. Research has made its debut in the club of categories this year. While IIT Madras tops the table as the best institution in India for engineering and technology, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Calcutta are ranked as the top three best institutions in the category of Management. 

In the category of Medical, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Delhi) has been ranked as the best medical institution in India followed by Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh, Christian Medical College in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, and Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Studies in Lucknow. According to the rankings, the top three law colleges in India are the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad, and National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata. 

In the category of best colleges overall, Miranda House College in Delhi has been ranked as the best college followed by Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi, Loyola College in Chennai, and St. Xavier's College in Kolkata. On the front of the best architecture institution, IIT Roorkee has been ranked the best followed by the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Calicut, IIT Kharagpur, and the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi. NIRF rankings were launched in 2015 and the first ranks were announced in 2016 and under NIRF, educational institutions are ranked on various parameters such as teaching, learning, and resources, research, and professional practice, graduation outcomes, outreach, inclusivity, and peer perception. 

The rankings would be determined based on the total sum of marks assigned for each parameter. During the release, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that NIRF should develop itself as a model for other developing economies. He said, "Our ranking system is so robust that we should stand out as a benchmark for other developing nations. There is a difference between our methodology and what the others follow. In future, all developing economies should see this as a benchmark and should contact us to help them in setting their ranking framework." 

Pradhan said, "I congratulate all the premiere institutions from across India who topped the rankings in their respective categories— overall, universities, engineering, management, college, pharmacy, medical, architecture, law, dental and research institutions. I am happy that NIRF has successfully incorporated all the important aspects of teaching, learning and resources, research and professional practice, graduate outcome, outreach and inclusivity in institutions of higher education."