HRD Ministry backed expert committee to review Institutes’ Ranking

Earlier this month, Ministry of Human Resource and Development, launched the first list of Indian institutions under the India Centric Ranking Framework. HRD Minister Smriti Irani announced the names of top institutions at India Rankings 2016 event at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on April 3. Currently, the educational institutions have been ranked under four categories, namely, Engineering, Universities, Management & Pharmacy under the National Institutional Ranking Framework launched on 29 September 2015.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani during announcement of first-ever India Rankings

HRD Ministry had invited participation from institutions under six categories : Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Architecture, Universities & Colleges for rankings. However, ministry clarified that no rankings were announced for Category B institutions and Architecture colleges this year due to inconsistencies or non-representative participation from institutions.

The maximum feedback has been received for the classification of the institutes. The committee will think about that whether more categories for other disciplines like say, law should be added. The educational institutions have been assessed on five parameters, namely: teaching, learning and resources, research, professional practice and collaborative performance, graduation outcome, outreach and inclusivity and perception of end users.

To analyze the feedback received regarding its first ever rankings of the country’s educational institutions, the Union HRD ministry constituted a nine member expert committee that would review parameters and suggest improvements. The Committee headed by Secretary Higher Education Vinay Sheel Oberoi would analyze the feedback. Apart from Oberoi, Prof Surendra Prasad, chairman of National Board of Accreditation, UGC chairman Ved Prakash, AICTE head Anil Sahasrabudhe, Additional Secretary R Subrahmanyam and other senior officials would be a part of the nine member panel.

The committee would invite representatives from educational institutions to get a more comprehensive outlook of the issues. Other parameters that the committee will take into consideration includes: ranking structures, rationalization of parameters, setting up a National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) cell at NBA and also examine the possibility of loading all data related to educational institutions, on the All India Survey of Higher Education and a parallel website.

The rankings were released at a perfect time when the academic session is about to start in few months and would allow parents & students to check the quality of institution of their interest and make choice. Under the Engineering Category, IIT Madras has been placed at 1st rank, followed by IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur at 2nd and 3rd rank respectively. Under the Universities category, IISc Bangalore (Rank 1), Institute of Chemical Technology (Rank 2) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (Rank 3) have been made their way.