As per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) report, Panjab University has witnessed a dip in the rate of placements in Post Graduate (PG) courses, amount received from sponsored researches, score for the number of students passing out in exams in a stipulated time period etc. According to the information, the rate of placements
in PG courses has slumped from 23.6 per cent in 2016- 17 to 14.6 per cent in 2016- 17. Only 318 students were placed out of a total of 2,184 students who passed in the 2017-18 session. Though, the rate of placements at Under Graduate (UG)-level has marginally increased as compared to the previous year, with 26.8 per cent placements in 2016-17 soaring to 27.9 per cent in the 2017-18 session. Research and impact of research have been a long-term issue at PU.The data shows that at PU, individual faculty members create high-impact research. Also, the amount received from sponsored researches decreased from Rs. 84,05,37,667 in 2016-17 to Rs. 25,42,57,033 in the year 2017-18. The varsity continues to be short on PhD students. It was suggested to launch integrated PhD programmes that encourage students to study for their bachelors and masters at PU and finish with a PhD. The score for the number of students passing out in exams in stipulated time is one of the lowest for PU (44.48). Comparisons were drawn against the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) as scored the highest on this parameter, 60 out of 60. The university’s score on budget utilisation for students continues to be a cause for concern. The ranking agencies stipulate that money be spent on improving facilities available for students rather than merely spending it on construction and maintenance of the building.
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