Calcutta University and Jadavpur University have come first and second in the QS India University Rankings 2020 among state government-run varsities in the country.

Both the inoversities have also scored a highly creditable rank among all the institutes in the country, with CU coming 11th and JU 12th. IIT Bombay tops the list, while IIT-Kharagpur has a rank of 5.

“The 10 institutions ahead of us are either centrally funded or centrally aided. We have been able to hold on to our lead among all state-aided universities in the country with only the University of Delhi and the University of Hyderabad ranking above us. They are both centrally funded. The rest that are ahead of CU are mostly institutes. The performance we have been able to demonstrate is due to a combined effort of the academia, officers and administration,”said an elated CU vice-chancellor, Sonali Charkravarti Banerjee

Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das said, “We have maintained our rank and I congratulate CU for maintaining their position.” Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) Partha Pratim Ray claimed the rank might not have improved owing to lack of autonomy (in JU).

The CU and JU rankings—a repeat of 2019—immediately earned them praises from chief minister Mamata Banerjee, governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and state education minister Partha Chatterjee.

The QS ranking has accepted that the research output at both CU and JU are high. CU VC Charkravarti Banerjee said the rankings were important and they added value to the universities’ effort to attain excellence. “We have made considerable progress in research. Several research projects have been acclaimed in reputed journals. Our position in the QS rankings will also help us form partnerships and enter into collaboration with reputable global universities. Moreover, it will help us get funding for research projects. The academic performance of CU has improved. In addition, research papers cited internationally and the patents earned played a major role in us achieving this,” the VC said. “I am happy that the university has worked as a team and made the achievement possible. We will try and upgrade the laboratories and take it up to the international standards so that CU can even bag a better rank next year.”

A source pointed out CU had traditionally fared better than JU in QS rankings. “The parameters vary, giving certain universities an edge over the others,” the source added. For example, CU has 14,782 students and 809 academic faculty staff; while JU has 10,532 students and 718 staff.

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