Chennai: Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has, for the third consecutive year, emerged as the Top-Ranked Engineering Institute in the Country. It was declared as the No. 1 among Engineering Institutes in the India Rankings 2018 conducted by National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
IIT Madras also retained its position in the Overall Category, where it was adjudged as the ‘Second Best Institution’ in the country, next only to Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, under the Overall Ranking of Institutions.
The results for NIRF 2018 were announced at a function held in Vigyan Bhawan today, 3rd April 2018, at New Delhi, where the top ranked institutions in various categories were bestowed awards by Shri. Prakash Javadker, Honourable Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, along with Shri. Satya Pal Singh, Honourable Minister of State for HRD Ministry.
Speaking about this achievement, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said, “The ranking is an affirmation of the consistent hard work of our faculty, staff and students and the zeal with which we are implementing and exceeding the targets of our Strategic Plan 2020. IIT Madras leads in research as well as industry collaboration anchored by its hugely successful Research Park. Its students and scholars get placed in the best companies and research institutions worldwide. We will continue to forge ahead with the same energy to achieve ever greater heights.”
Started in 2015, NIRF outlines a methodology to rank educational institutions across the country. The parameters used for ranking broadly cover “Teaching, Learning and Resources,” “Research and Professional Practices,” “Graduation Outcome,” “Outreach and Inclusivity,” and “Perception”. Although the broad parameters remained the same this year, there were significant changes in some of the sub-parameters. From 2017, besides being ranked under specific disciplines, large institutions were also given a common overall rank. This year, educational institutions across the Country were ranked in nine categories – Overall, Universities, Engineering, Colleges, Management, Pharmacy, Medical, Architecture and Law.
The IIT Madras Strategic Plan (www.iitm.ac.in/content/strategic-plan) spells out quantified targets for all key pillars of the Institute. These include a flexible curriculum suited to the aspirations of today’s youth, significant increase in faculty strength, a thriving research programme reflected in rapidly increasing publication quality and count, India’s strongest industry-academia collaboration epitomized by the country’s first university-based Research Park, an effervescent start-up ecosystem with nearly a hundred companies being currently incubated, a rapidly expanding programme of collaborations and student exchanges with leading global universities, and an impressive Placement record.