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KU slips five slots in NIRF ranking

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Srinagar: The University of Kashmir has slipped by five slots in this year’s ranking of universities under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), securing a rank of 53 in the assessment year 2021.

Last year, the KU had figured among top 50 universities in the country among all universities securing the 48th rank. It had also scored an overall rank of 76 in the preceding assessment as against this year indicating significant decline in its academic standards and parameters.

Pertinently, Jammu University has gained and scored rank of 56 in the current assessment as against 72nd rank in the previous assessment.

Notably, during its last Convocation LG Manoj Sinha, who is Chancellor of the University, had appreciated the university for figuring among top 50 universities in the country in the all-India ranking of universities under NIRF and hoped that the varsity, will surely figure among top 25 universities in near future.

Meanwhile, KU spokesman in a press release said that the varsity “continues to be among top ranked universities in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, with an overall point score of 48.27 in the current ranking as compared to 46.97 in the previous one from amongst the universities ranked across the country.”

He said that in comparison to the figures of the last NIRF assessment, the University of Kashmir in the current assessment has shown “a significant progress in several key parameters including Financial Resources and their Utilisation (FRU) where the varsity has scored 7.42 points as against 4.25 in the previous ranking.”

In key parameters under Research and Professional Practices (RP), the university has got a point score of 8 in the PU (Publications) sub-category where it had scored 7.35 in the previous ranking. The university has also shown good progress in the QP (Quality of Publications) sub-category, scoring 11.34 in the current assessment as against 10.3 in the previous one, the spokesman said.

He said in the Graduation Outcome (GO) category, the university has once again improved its score in the GPHD, which concerns the matrix for number of PhD students who have graduated from the institution, scoring therein 19.56 as against 17.03 in the previous ranking. Also, the university has scored better in the Women’s Diversity as well as Peer Perception.

He said Vice-Chancellor Prof Nilofer Khan complimented the faculty and staff for their strenuous efforts in excelling in areas of academics and research despite the disruptions caused by Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is a moment of satisfaction to see remarkable improvement in some important benchmarks under NIRF. However, with regard to some grey areas, which impact our ranking and score, like Regional Diversity (RD) that assesses percentage of students from other states/countries/regions, we have already started working on it in a mission mode to see how we can realise this objective and have a good score in this area,” she said.

The Vice-Chancellor complimented Director DIQA and his team of officials for their sustained focus on the varsity’s ranking parameters.

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