ALIGARH : The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), known as Shanghai Rankings, has placed the Aligarh Muslim University amongst top universities of India in its recently declared ranking of 2021.
The ARWU ranking of 1000 institutions of higher learning all over the world includes only fourteen Indian institutions including six universities and eight institutes of specialized learning.
Since the inception of ARWU (Shanghai Rankings) in 2003, it is only the second time that AMU finds itself on this coveted list.
In this list, only fourteen Indian institutions have found a place this year and four institutions namely Aligarh Muslim University, Anna University, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, and Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) are jointly placed at 11-14 in India.
AMU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor has expressed satisfaction on the ranking of the university in a difficult time marred by the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that a focused effort has to be made to put the university into a fast development course and for this all sections of AMU fraternity have a definite role to play.
Prof M Salim Beg (Chairman, Committee for Ranking of the University) said that the ARWU ranking is done on the basis of the number of Nobel laureates, field medallists, highly cited researchers or papers published in Nature or Science journals. In addition, universities with a significant amount of papers indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) are also included in the study.