DU to study provisions related to student-teacher ratio after a drop in NIRF ranking

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Days after Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh attributed the decline in the National Institutional Ranking Framework’s (NIRF) rankings to the imbalance in their numbers, Delhi University (DU) has established a seven-member committee to investigate and discuss provisions related to the student-teacher ratio. In this year’s NIRF rankings, which were released earlier this month by the Ministry of Education, the DU dropped one spot to take 13th place.

To guarantee the best use of the varsity’s infrastructure, including lab equipment, the committee led by DU Director South Campus Prakash Singh will also undertake discussions on the size of the student groups for lectures, practicals, and tutorials. According to an announcement from the university, “The University of Delhi has formed a committee to analyse, discuss, and revise provisions related to the student-teacher ratio and size of the student groups for lectures, practicals, and tutorials.”

The city-based Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), which took second and third place in the NIRF under the university category, respectively, are ranked ahead of Delhi University. The newly established committee, according to Prakash Singh, is a result of the NIRF ranking. “This ranking (from the NIRF) led to these exercises. We have published a lot lately. You’ll be amazed to learn that even though we are ranked number 13, our publishing ratio is far higher than that of our other colleges. For us, it is also a worrying issue, he continued. “We have been performing far better in other areas for a number of reasons, such as perception, the student-teacher ratio, and faculty strength.

We are down there,” he continued. According to Prakash Singh, the group will concentrate on enhancing the student-teacher ratio and ensuring that varsity facilities are utilised effectively. “The introduction of various types of reservations, including OBC and EWS, has resulted in an increase in the number of seats available at the university, which has led to an increase in the number of students. However, the university made no effort to reduce the student-to-teacher ratio. The committee’s main goal would be to increase that ratio. Additionally, we will pay close attention to making sure that all of our university’s facilities are utilised to their fullest potential,” he said.

The institution was rated 12th in the NIRF rankings last year. It had previously held positions of 11th in 2020, 13th in 2019, and 7th in the university category in 2018. The Delhi University got 43.1 in the category of teaching, learning, and resources (TLR), which is a slight improvement above the 42.65 it received in the same category the previous year. However, JNU and JMI, which have TLRs of 71.94 and 68.17, respectively, are much ahead of them.

Yogesh Singh, the DU vice chancellor, had stated to PTI, “We would need to strengthen the research component. One of the potential causes of the drop in rankings may be the low student-teacher ratio.” “Although we are already hiring teachers, the results won’t be seen for a few years. Although some changes might be noticeable the next year, the true results won’t be evident for another two years “explained he.

Mayank Tewari

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