Top ranking Pharmacy College in Tamil Nadu based on NIRF 2021 ranking

As per the NIRF 2021 rankings, JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty has stood at 7th place in the country and at the top position in the state of Tamil Nadu. This article gives details about its NIRF ranking and other information pertaining to the college.


JSS College of Pharmacy was established in 1980 in Ooty in the state of Tamil Nadu with a vision to provide job-oriented professional courses in Pharmacy. It has got A+ accreditation from NAAC. The college offers various degrees, diplomas, and certificate courses in the field of pharmacy education. JSS College of Pharmacy is a constituent of the JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research (formerly known as JSS University), which is a Deemed to be University located in Mysuru, Karnataka. There are two Pharmacy colleges under it one is JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty (Tamil Nadu) and the other is with the same name in Mysuru (Karnataka). JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty claims the concept of 'Smart Campus' developed and incorporated in their college through various measures like ICT Enabled Campus, Drug Information Services, Responsibility towards Society by adopting tribal villages, Learning Management System (Education and Research), and Physical Security and Surveillance.

Pharmacy is a very important discipline and seeing the phenomenal rise in the health and medical sector it is imperative that pharmacy is an area where there are ample scopes for making a career. So, knowing about the top colleges imparting pharmacy-related education is a piece of relevant information for the students interested to make a career in this niche area.

Performance of the college in NIRF ranking

NIRF (National Institute Ranking Framework) ranking system was started by the Govt, in the year 2016 under which the educational institutes are ranked based on some select parameters. This year about 6000 institutes pertaining to different disciplines have participated in this and the rankings are announced. The ranking of the various institutions is done under various categories like university, engineering, college, medical, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, dental, and research. There is one overall national ranking category also. The institutions are assessed based on five parameters which are - 1) teaching, learning, and resources (TLR), 2) research and professional practices (RP), 3) graduation outcomes (GO), 4) outreach and inclusivity (OI), and 5) perception (PR). Under each of these parameters, there are sub-parameters having individual weightages.

JSS College of Pharmacy is announced by NIRF as the top Pharmacy college as per NIRF ranking in the state of Tamil Nadu and is in 7th rank on an all-India basis. Let us see what are the parameters/ sub-parameters which have given it this spectacular ranking among the 351 Pharmacy colleges across our country which participated in this ranking program. If we go through the performance chart given in the NIRF website for this college under these parameters/ sub-parameters then we find that it has scored very well under 11 sub-parameters out of a total of 17 sub-parameters stipulated by NIRF for the Pharmacy discipline. The score obtained is shown below in brackets out of the maximum score under each subcategory.

The 11 areas are - Faculty-student ratio - FSR (28.4/30), Student Strength - SS (18.94/20), Combined metric for Faculty with Ph.D. (or equivalent) and Experience - FQE (16.35/20), Combined metric for Placement and Higher Studies - GPH (34.55/40), Metric for University Examinations - GUE (15/15), Median Salary - MS (24.21/25), Metric for Number of Ph.D. Students Graduated - GPHD (16.45/20), Percentage of Students from other States/Countries - Region Diversity - RD (22.31/30), Percentage of Women - Women Diversity - WD (30/30), Facilities for Physically Challenged Students - PCS (20/20), and Peer Perception: Employers & Academic Peer - PR (83.81/100).

Most of these are very important parameters for the good performance and success of an institution and that is the reason that JSS College has come on the top in the Tamil Nadu state by scoring well under these performance indicators. In the remaining 6 subcategories, that is, Financial Resources and their Utilisation (FRU), Publications (PU), Quality of Publications (QP), Patents: Published and Granted (IPR), Footprint of Projects and Professional Practice (FPPP), and Economically and Socially Challenged Students (ESCS), the college has not fared so well as under the other 11 subcategories but on an overall, it bagged the top-ranked position in Tamil Nadu and if it tries to improve further on these 6 fronts also then in future NIRF rankings it can not only top the state of Tamil Nadu but improve its position in the country also from the 7th at present to upwards.

Facilities in JSS College of Pharmacy

The college library has got a very good collection of books (about 11000), journals, periodicals, and reference material related to pharmaceutical as well as other medical information. For locating the resources quickly the Library Management Software 'Easy-lib' is installed and the library functions in a fully computerized pattern. There are 25 PCs available in the library for the use of the students. There is also a good arrangement of sitting for the students in the library for self-study and also for referring the resources.

College is having a good hostel facility for boys as well as girls and the hostels are very spacious and can accommodate about 250 students in each of them. There is a mess facility available in both the hostels and good quality healthy food is provided to the residents. Hostel supervisors keep a strict vigil on the kitchen activities and upkeep of the rooms in the hostel to provide proper hygiene and cleanliness in the hostel.

For pharmaceutical and drug experiments on animals, there is an animal house facility, housing animals like rats, mice, guinea pigs, and rabbits, available in the college and is registered as a Small Animal Facility with the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

There is one Drug and Poison Information Centre (DIC) under the Head, Department of Pharmacy Practice under the supervision of Principal, JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty but it is physically located in Government District Headquarters Hospital, Ooty for facilitating the health care professionals to query and ask their drug and therapeutics-related information and doubts so that they can support their patients in a better way.

There is one Placement Cell in the college that is coordinating and guiding the students for making a career in the pharmaceutical industry. The activities of the placement cell are aligned in the direction of the student's expectations and dreams for making a career. The college has regular communication and connections with the industries and companies not only in India but also abroad and has a large number of options where the students can apply for a job. The placement cell is in continuous touch with so many companies, top hospitals, academic institutions, and other organizations where campus placements are made regularly.

There are sufficient sports and other extracurricular activities undertaken by students around the year for their overall personality development. College provides ample facilities and opportunities for that. Also, there are many activities in the college where the students can volunteer to participate and learn their responsibilities towards society. Some of these activities are done under the National Service Scheme (NSS), Youth Red Cross, Rotary Club, Energy Conservation Programme, Water conservation program, Recycling program, etc.

The college has a Wi-Fi enabled campus for easy connectivity everywhere, there is an auditorium having a capacity of 500 for holding seminars and functions, a well-equipped gym is also available for the students, there is a bank extension counter and ATM, and proper power back up facility in case the main power supply fails.


The interested candidates have to apply online on the college website for the course of their choices. All the courses are in accordance with the guidelines and regulations stipulated by the Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi. The course-wise details are as follows -
  • B.Pharm.: The candidates should have passed their 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and/or Biology and also should have English as one of the subjects in 10+2. Any other equivalent qualification which is approved by the Pharmacy Council of India will also be acceptable. The course duration is 8 semesters (4 years).
  • B.Pharm. lateral entry: For the students admitted to B. Pharm. lateral mode, the course duration is only 6 semesters (3 years) and the students will be admitted in the 3rd semester. The candidates should have passed in D.Pharm. (Diploma in Pharmacy) from a recognised institute for becoming eligible for this course.
  • B.Pharm. (Practice): This is a course spread over 2 years and the candidates should have a pass in D.Pharm. (Diploma in Pharmacy) from a recognized institution and should also be a registered pharmacist having a minimum of 4 years experience working as a pharmacist. The candidates will have to provide the documentary evidence for the above in form of a certificate from their employers for their pharmacy experience and also will have to provide a 'No Objection Certificate' from the employer.
  • M.Pharm.: This course has a duration of 4 semesters over a period of 2 years. The minimum qualification for admission to the M.Pharm. course is a B.Pharm. degree from a recognised institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India. The candidates should have obtained at least 55% marks in aggregate in one B.Pharm. degree. The candidates should also have registered with the State Pharmacy Council or get registered within one month of admission in the
    M.Pharm. course
    . It is mandatory for the students to have this registration.
  • Diploma in Pharmacy: The Diploma course in Pharmacy is for 2 years duration and the candidates who have passed in 10+2 in science stream or any other equivalent qualification as approved by Pharmacy Council of India are eligible to apply for these courses.
  • PG Diploma in Pharmacy: This is a PG diploma course for 1 year and the candidates who have obtained a B.Pharm. degree with at least 50% marks and will be eligible for admission to one of the opted courses out of - Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance, Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs, Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Bioinformatics, Food and Drug Analysis, and Computer-Aided Drug Design. For those candidates who have acquired over and above the B.Pharm. degree, a degree like MBBS, BDS, or BAMS and BSc (with Biology as one of the subjects) the diploma courses available for admission are - Pharmacovigilance, Clinical Research, Medicine and Poison Information, Herbal Products and their standardization, Intellectual Property Rights, Medical Devices, Cosmeceuticals, Regulatory Toxicology, Phytopharmaceuticals, and Industrial Applications.
  • Certificate courses in Pharmacy: There are many certificate courses of duration 6 months offered to the students who have done their 10+2 in science stream or have higher qualifications in pharmacy, medical or science streams and these are - Clinical Research, Herbal Drug Standardization, Medicine Information, Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance, Introduction to the Principal and Practice of Clinical Research, and Principles of Clinical Pharmacology. The last 2 courses are in association with the National Institute of Health (NIH), USA.

Distance education

The parent organisation JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research offers some few select courses in this mode under its Open and Distance Learning System (ODL) scheme. Presently it is offering the courses - M.Sc. in Environmental Science, PG Diploma in Environment, Health & Safety Management, PG Diploma in Tissue Culture, and Certificate Program in Statistical Methods & Research Methodology.

Media and internet perception

If we go through the reviews of this college made by people across the various websites on the internet and in the media in general then we find that most of the people have vouched for its clean and safe environment, well-developed infrastructure, student-friendly atmosphere, very good faculty, very high placement record, good opportunity for research, the teaching is well supported by practicals, etc.

Contact information

JSS College of Pharmacy
(Constituent of JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research)
"Rocklands" Post Box No.20
Udhagamandalam (Ooty) – 643 001
Tamil Nadu
Phone: +91-423-2443393 / 2443647 / 2443847
Fax: +91-423-2442937

Frequently Asked Questions

What about JSS College of pharmacy, Mysuru? Is it also a good college?
JSS College of Pharmacy, Mysuru is under the same educational group to which JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty belongs. JSS College of Pharmacy, Mysuru is also a good college and in the National NIRF ranking of pharmacy colleges it is at number 9 while JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty is at 7. So they are close to each other and the student can consider both for applying for admission in the required course.


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