Rajni Razdan: New UPSC chief

Rajni Razdan (64) assumed charge as new chairman of Union Public Service Commission, which conducts the prestigious civil services examination to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers among others. Outgoing chairperson D P Agrawal administered Razdan the oath as UPSC chief.

Razdan, a former IAS officer of Haryana cadre, had retired as Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances. She had joined as UPSC member on April 19, 2010.

Note: The UPSC is headed by a chairman and 10 members. 

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India’s IISc gets a place among World’s top 500 Universities

As per an annual ranking of global educational institutions released by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is the only Indian institution to secure a spot in the top 500. The top positions are dominated by American universities with four US universities standing at the top four spots.

IISc based in Bangalore, founded as a ‘Research Institute’ by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, in 1909, has been placed in the world rank category of 301-400 by ARWU.

As per ARWU, World’s Top 5 Universities are:

  1. Harvard University (US)
  2. Stanford University (US)
  3. Massachusetts University (US)
  4. University of California-Berkeley (US)
  5. University of Cambridge (UK) 

Evaluation Criteria:

For ranking of universities, ARWU takes into account several indicators of academic and research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals. It also factors in highly-cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices and the per capita academic performance of an institution.

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