Nine from Punjab in NIRF 2023 top 100: PU rank dips, PAU Ludhiana breaks into top 100; pvt varsities LPU, CU improve rankings

NIRF 2023: Nine educational institutions from Punjab have figured among top-100 in overall category as per the National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF) 2023 released by the Union Ministry of Education, Monday.

Of the nine institutions from Punjab that made it to the top-100 overall list, six are government universities/ institutes and three are private.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar has emerged as the highest ranked government institute from Punjab ranking 33 in overall category, while Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, is the highest ranked private institute from Punjab ranked at 40.

Other institutes which have ranked in top-50 are Panjab University, Chandigarh (44), Chandigarh University, Mohali (45) and Lovely Professional University, Phagwara (46).

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana has not only made it to the top-100 institutes in the country ranking 74 in the overall category, but has also ranked third in the country in the agriculture and allied sectors category.

Among other institutes which have ranked among top-100 from Punjab are IISER Mohali (51), NIT Jalandhar (72) and GNDU Amritsar (87).

However, while the private institutions from Punjab have improved their rankings compared to last year, the government ones have slipped in their ranking.

Compared to the 2022 rankings, IIT-Ropar’s ranking has improved from 33 to 35 and it still remains at the top from Punjab. Mired in a political row between Punjab and Haryana, PU Chandigarh has also continued its downward slide. It has ranked 44 this year, three ranks lower than 41 last year while it had ranked 38 in 2021. IISER Mohali has also slipped from 47th rank last year to 51 this year, and so has GNDU Amritsar which was ranked 80th last year but this year it has been ranked 87th in the overall category. However, NIT Jalandhar has improved its rank from 85th last year to 72 this year.

On the other hand, private institutes from Punjab have improved their rankings further, performing better than government institutions. Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, has been ranked 40th this year, 17 notches up from last year’s 57th rank.

Chandigarh University, a private university in Mohali has also moved up from 48th rank last year to 45 this year. Similarly, Phagwara-based Lovely Professional University (LPU), co-owned by AAP Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Mittal, has moved up from 58th rank last year to 46 this year.