Educational institutions in the southern states aced the first government-backed rankings for higher education launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on Monday.
IIT Madras, IIM Bangalore, IISc Bangalore and Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal, topped the engineering, management, university and pharmacy categories, respectively.
Institutions such as Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Hyderabad Central University (HCU), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Visva-Bharati, which have been at the centre of major controversies, have also fared well. They figure in the top 20 universities of the country.
While JNU and HCU were judged the third and fourth best universities, better than Delhi University, which stood at rank 6, AMU and Visva-Bharati were ranked 10th and 11th, respectively. Jamia Millia Islamia was ranked 83 out of 100 universities.