Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das wrote on the university’s website on Monday that the university had to improve its “perception”, a parameter where JU has fared poorly in the latest ranking exercise carried out by the Union education ministry.
JU has scored 40.97 out of 100 in peer perception. Das wrote on the website: “An analysis of the NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework) results shows our commendable performance in the realms of teaching-learning, graduation outcome and research….We have to improve ourselves so far as the parameters of perception and accreditation, patents and online resources are concerned. I am sure the University community will work together so that deficiencies in the parameters can be rectified.”
JU is yet to get itself accredited by the National Board of Accreditation despite several attempts since 2018. “The ministry has said an institute’s rating in the NIRF ranking from next year will come down in absence of accreditation. We have to make an improvement in perception as well,” Das told The Telegraph.
The NIRF website says peer perception (employers and academic peers) is done “through a survey conducted over a large category of employers, professionals from reputed organisations and a large category of academics to ascertain their preference for graduates of different institutions”.
Das said the survey is conducted by taking random views of people outside the state. Last year, when the university had ranked 8th in the university category, JU scored 67.31 out of 100 in perception. In 2020, when JU had ranked 5th in the same category, the score was even better at 71.44 in the same parameter. A JU official said the dip clearly shows that the university needs to do a lot more in the “perception” parameter.