Anna University, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, is the third largest University in Tamil Nadu, and offers courses in Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Applied Science. It was established in the year 1978 by merging four well-known technical institutions in the city of Madras (now Chennai).
It has also been recognised by the University Grants Commission as a “University with Potential Excellence (UPE)” for having developed research and development activities in Biomedical Engineering and Applications. In addition, the University Library has been ranked 7th in the e-resources usage, all over India, and stands at 1st rank in Tamil Nadu.
In the country-wide ranking, Anna University ranks 14th in the overall category and 7th in the universities category as per the NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework), having fallen three rungs from the previous annual scores. However, it has consistently made an appearance in the Top Ten of the NIRF List since 2017.
It also made an appearance in the Outlook I-CARE TOP 100 rankings in 2019 as 13th, with a score of 85.90, narrowly beaten by the IIT- Indore.
|NIRF||2019||7th (Universities Category) out of 200
14th (Overall Category) out of 200
9th (Engineering Category) out of 200
|Outlook||2019||13th out of 100|
|QS India Universities||2020||16th out of 100|
|QS World Universities||2020||751-800|
|BRICS||2020||87th out of 400|
|Times Higher Education||2020||#601-800 out of 1009 in Engineering Category|
|The Week||2019||8th out of 126 in Engineering Category|
On an International level, Anna University as per QS World Ranking fell from #651-700 in 2018 to #751-800 in 2019 and stayed at that rank in 2020. It scored 45.3 out of 100 under the Citations per faculty category.
Taking a comparative view regarding the ranks attained by similar institutes, the following statistics can be observed-
Presently, Anna University holds the 7th rank, down from 4th, in the Universities Category out of 200, and 9th rank in the Engineering Category (out of 200), down from 8th, as of the year 2019. It holds the 14th rank in the Overall Category, down from 10th.
The NIRF has allotted the following ranks to the below-mentioned universities which happen to be at par with the Anna University-
|1||Indian Institute of Science Bangalore||82.28|
|2||Jawaharlal Nehru University||68.68|
|3||Banaras Hindu University||64.55|
|4||University of Hyderabad||61.85|
|8||Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham||59.22|
|9||Manipal Academy of Higher Education||58.50|
|10||Savitribai Phule Pune University||58.40|
The NIRF list of universities for 2019 is headed by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, as it has since 2016. Other popular universities that have dominated the list for the past three years are Jawaharlal Nehru University, ranked 2, and Banaras Hindu University, ranked 3 since 2017.
NIRF ranks institutions on the following parameters as displayed below:
|Parameters||Anna University Score|
|Teaching Learning and Resources (TLR)||56.39 / 100|
|Research and Professional Practices (RPC)||54.10/ 100|
|Graduation Outcomes (GO)||78.07/ 100|
|Outreach and Inclusivity (OI)||53.16/ 100|
A more graphical representation of these statistics is mentioned here:
As per the data presented above, Anna University is amongst the top 10 institutes of India as suggested by the report published by the NIRF.
The rankings of the Anna University over the past 3 years are as given below:
|Year||University Rank||Engineering Category||Overall Category|
QS India Universities
QS India Universities have been ranked on the basis of multiple parameters. These include:
- Academic Reputation
- Employer Reputation
- Faculty Student
- International Students
- Faculty Staff with PhD
- Papers per Faculty
- Citations per Paper
These parameters are also used in the rankings of BRICS, as well as QS World Universities Rankings.
|Faculty Staff with PhD||71.7|
|Papers per Faculty||98|
|Citations per Paper||58.4|
Anna University is down from rank #13 in 2019, to #16 in 2020. The Scores of Anna University for the above parameters are as follows:
A graphical representation of these stats is as below:
QS World Universities Ranking
QS World Universities Ranking is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds limited. It released its first list in 2004, in partnership with THE, and became independent in 2010.
The rank of Anna University fell from #651-700 in 2018 to #751-800 in 2019 and stayed at that rank in 2020. It scored 45.3 out of 100 under the Citations per faculty category.
However, in the QS World Subject wise ranking, Anna University has made a forward lunge in 2020 in the “Engineering and Electrical” category. It started off in 2017 at the rank #301-350, where it stayed constant in both 2018 and 2019, before jumping up to rank #251-300 in 2020. The scores in the respective criteria are as follows:
- Academic Reputation: 45.1
- Citations per faculty: 84.1
- H-Index Citations: 76.1
- Employer Reputation: 60.1
The scores it pulled over the last 4 years are as mentioned below:
|Year||Rank||Academic Reputation||Employer Reputation||H-Index Citation||Citations per Faculty|
Anna University has had an uneven increase in ranks over the last 4 years according to the BRICS ranking system. The parameters used by this system are the same as those in the QS India Ranking System.
The scores and ranks of the Anna University of the last 5 years are as below:
|Year||Rank||AC||ES||FS||IS||FS w/Ph.D||PPF||CPP||Overall Score|
Outlook India I-CARE
Outlook India I-CARE ranked the top 100 universities in 2019 according to its own parameters, which includes Faculty Student Ratio (FSR), Faculty with PhD (FWP), Papers Per Faculty (PPF), Citations Per Paper (CPP) and Inclusiveness & Diversity (ID). Keep in mind that a university that has a low overall rank may score high in individual parameters and vice versa. Hence, this unique system of ranking can help students identify institutions which may be a good fit for them.
The scores of Anna University are as follows:
|Faculty Student Ratio (FSR)||15%||94.8|
|Faculty with PhD (FWP)||15%||79.3|
|Papers Per Faculty (PPF)||30%||87.2|
|Citations Per Paper (CPP)||30%||93.1|
|Inclusiveness & Diversity (ID)||10%||56.9|
The top 15 universities as per the Outlook India I-CARE list, with their scores, are as mentioned:
|8||University of Delhi||89.4||92.8||90.7||94.1||91.6||91.93|
|11||Manipal Academy of Higher Education||100||88.6||87.2||78.3||81.4||86.08|
|15||Birla Institute of Technology and Science||96.2||83.4||82.9||83.7||68.9||83.81|
Anna University was ranked at the 13th position by the Outlook India I-CARE magazine, it was succeeded by IIT-Indore which received a score of 86.05.
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Times Higher Education
Times Higher Education, often referred to as THE, has been releasing annual world university ranking lists since 2004.
It has its own set of parameters and criteria, on the basis of which it ranks Universities all over the world. Anna University made an appearance at rank #601- 800 in the World Universities 2020 ranking list by subject, under the Engineering and IT category from 1009 entries. The scores were as follows:
|Overall||18.5 - 26.8|
Anna University was ranked between 601-800, some of the other universities that fell under the same range are as follows-
- Aligarh Muslim University
- BITS Pilani
- IIT Bhubaneswar
- IIT Hyderabad
- IIT Dhanbad
- IIT Patna
The list comprises some highly reputed institutes, which further signifies the fact that Anna University is itself quite an esteemed institution since it is at par with all the above mentioned institutes.
The Week is a magazine issue which conducts national level research to score and rank learning institutions all over India in its annual issue, the Week-Hansa National Research Survey. The lists include top Art Colleges, top Commerce colleges, top Science colleges, top engineering institutions, top medical institutions and so on.
In its 2019 issue of top Engineering Institutions All India, Anna University makes an appearance at the 8th rank, jumping forward from the 11th rank which it held in 2018, with a composite score of 389.
The top 10 Engineering institutions as per this ranking system are:
|7||Birla Institute of Technology and Science||495|
|8||Anna University, College of Engineering||389|