Alumnus of the institute demand resignation of the Director
Hamirpur, June 14,
The national ranking of National Institute of Technology (NIT) here had slipped to 98th position in the national ranking report of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for the year 2020 June 11.
Significantly, the ranking of NIT Hamirpur was continuously going down from 2016. The national ranking of the institute was at 51st position in 2016, 59th in 2017, 64th in 2018, 60th in 2019 and now it had slipped to 98th position this year.
The institute was established in 1984 as regional engineering college and later in 2002 it was upgraded to NIT. The institute had scored only 37.73 marks and ranked 98th position against the top ranked institute IIT Madras 89.93 followed by IIT New Delhi at second position with 88.08 while third position was grabbed by IIT Bombay with 85.08 score in NIRF ranking. Pertinently, the institute was owned by Ministry Human Resources and Development of government of India had missed to meet the standards that many private institute had met. There were many private institutes that scored better than NIT Hamirpur prominently, Lovely Professional University and Chandigarh University.
The NIT here had had total intake of 954 students in 2019 including 579 in under graduate courses, 255 in Post graduate and 120 in Post Graduate intermediate courses. The poor ranking of the institute would not only affect the quality of intake but could also affect financial assistance to the institution from various bodies including World Bank and center government.
Prof Chander Shehar Chairman of NIT here said that there were many factors that account for the national ranking. Still going down to 98th position was serious issue and it was discussed in the meeting of Board of governors scheduled on June 12. He said that there were many factors that account for the INRF ranking but this certainly would not affect the quality of education at the institute. The better ranking of the institute depended on number of projects presented, fellowships and other achievements, he added. He said that this is responsibility of the director of the institute to upkeep the ranking of the institute.
Director refrained to comment
Repeated calls to the director of the institute went unattended and even the message sent to the Director Vinod Yadva. Registrar of NIT Hamirpur Sushil Chaudhary also avoided to attend the calls and did not responded the SMS sent on his mobile phone
Student Body demanded resignation of Director
Meanwhile, alumni of National Institute of Technology had started a campaign to remove the Director of the institution. The former students had started a digital signature mission against the director and had requested old and present students to submit their consent to dislodge him. The detail of the campaign would be later submitted to the MHRD minister for necessary action.