The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has been ranked top Indian university in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018, which lists more than a thousand institutes worldwide.
Aligarh Muslim University, which placed itself in the 601-800 slot is followed by University of Delhi, Banaras Hindu University. Notably, AMU has achieved the feat in the Bicentenary year of the varsity’s founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.
Commenting on the achievement, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that the varsity is proud to claim the top spot in the rankings and added that it suggets AMU is one of the most prestigious universities with very high entry standards. “AMU attracts very students from all over the country and the world,” Vice Chancellor said.
The right-wing organisations and Sangh Parivar leaders have been accusing the Muslim University of turning into a “nursery of terrorists.” BJP leaders had also demanded to scrap of funds to the university.
The varsity has also been ranked number seven among Indian Higher Educational Institutions, which includes the various Indian Institute of Technology and India Institute of Sciences.
AMU offers over 300 degrees and is organised around 12 faculties offering courses in a range of technical and vocational subjects, as well as interdisciplinary subjects. The university has around 28,000 students and a faculty of almost 1,500 teaching staff.
According to the Government of India policy, ranking is important for funding and it also helps in improving the overall perception of the institution.
On the other hand, Jamia Millia Islamia has for the first time made it to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2018.
Times Higher Education is a UK based agency which takes into account around a thousand world institutions to determine the rankings. The World University Rankings are based on five points, each of which represents a key area of higher education excellence: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.