Jamia Millia Islamia
, which had been in turmoil in the past few months, has bagged the first spot among all
in the country in rankings released by the ministry of education with a score of 90%. In the ‘Grading/scoring of performance of central universities’ by the ministry, Jamia had a score of 90%, compared to 83% of
University of Arunachal Pradesh, 82% of JNU and 78% of
Aligarh Muslim University
Jamia topped among 40 central universities. The score is based on an evaluation on key parameters fixed under an MoU in 2019-20. “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,” said a statement by the university on Wednesday.
The evaluation was based on parameters which included
annual student intake
in UG, PG, PhD and MPhil and student diversity, which included percentage of female students, students from other states and foreign students. The other parameters were faculty quality and strength which included student-teacher ratio, teacher vacancy, visiting faculty, etc. Along with this the central universities were also assessed on the number of students placed through campus interviews, and number of students who qualified in NET, GATE, etc.
“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.
Vice chancellor Najma Akhtar said that the achievement was all the more significant because of the challenging time the university has gone through in the recent past. She attributed the achievement to “high-quality teaching, relevant and focused research of highest quality and improved perception of the university” and hoped to improve the performance in the coming years.
One of the parameters focused on financial powers. Universities were being encouraged to ensure a gradual annual increase in user charges/fees charged for various courses and facilities and were expected to strictly follow the General Financial Rules, 2017 issued by department of expenditure, ministry of finance, and Government of India in all their financial transactions, including procurement of goods and services.
The MoU also made it obligatory for the universities to adopt the public financial management system for receipt of all funds from UGC and the Centre. It stated that the performance evaluation of the parameters shall be carried out every financial year.