Miranda House has been ranked as the best college in India in a list by the human resources development (HRD) ministry. Six Delhi University colleges have made it to the over list of the top 10 colleges in India as per a PTI report.

Loyola College (2) in Chennai, Bishop Heber College (4) in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, St. Xavier’s College (6) in Kolkata and Women’s Christian College (10) in Chennai also featured in the top 10 list.

Besides Miranda House, the other Delhi University (DU) colleges in the list are Shri Ram College of Commerce (3), Atma Ram Sanatan Dharm College (5), Lady Shri Ram College for Women (6), Dyal Singh College (8) and Deen Dayal Upadhyay College (9).

The list announced by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Monday has been prepared on basis of a survey of general degree colleges under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).

Explaining the trend, Javadekar told reporters, “The list has only considered those colleges which had applied for the process. So, even if a college is the most prestigious one and has not participated in it, there will be no suo motu ranking for it.”

Other DU colleges which have made it to the top 100 list are Keshav Mahavidyalya (15), Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening) (34) and SGND Khalsa College (46).

NIRF, a methodology adopted by the ministry to rank all institutions of higher education in the country, was launched in September 2015 with the first edition of the rankings being announced in 2016.

According to a report, 2,735 institutions have participated in this year’s ranking as against last year’s 3,563 participants.