It is believed that during the month of September Ministry of Human Resource Development, headed by Union Minister Smriti Irani will launch the framework to rank Higher education Institutions in India. It is expected on the part of Ministry of HRD to publish the first Indian academic ranking list by January-February 2016. The Ministry came to this decision after consulting with QS and Times Higher Education ranking authorities that how the rankings of the Indian Universities and Institutes can be improved. Since last so many years the government has been working hard towards developing an Indian academic ranking.
The first-of-its-kind alternative to global rankings will solve the biggest issue of the Indian National students that the Indian Institutions often do not hold any ranking or they are way too low. The institutes covered in the government-backed rankings initiative are the colleges which are offering professional degree courses like engineering, law, humanities and management.
The to-be-launched framework has been named ‘India-Centric Ranking Framework’ which will serve the country specific considerations like emphasis on inclusive education through reservation so that the institutions run by the state government or the private institution in the state enjoy some ranking in the ranking chart.
If the reports are to be believed then as per the renowned global academic rankings such as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Quacquarelli Symonds rankings and China’s Shanghai Rankings if compared to the other Universities across the world the Indian Institutions or Universities are usually ranked below 200. As per Asian University rankings released recently, India’s only 9 University were featured in top 100.
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The committee which formulated the ranking framework consisted of National Board of Accreditation Chairman (NBA) Surendra Prasad, IIT-Kharagapur Director PP Chakraborty, IIT-Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi along with the higher education secretary and HRD ministry officials. A committee member was of the view, “This is a scientifically designed ranking framework based on objective and authentic parameters.” NBA Chairman Prasad said the HRD ministry has to now make a decision. “We submitted the draft to the HRD ministry and they may or may not accept it. It was done at the behest of the HRD ministry and they alone can decide on the ranking framework.”
Under the India Centric Ranking Framework, the institutes will be assessed on the basis of criteria’s such as teaching-learning, research, collaborative practice and professional performance, graduate outcomes, placements, outreach and inclusive action and peer group perception. Each of these has been further subdivided into nearly 20 sub criteria to comprehensively assess an institute.
Global academic rankings are of very much importance as they pay heed on the global character of any institute and the number of students and faculty it is able to draw from across the globe. The rankings will be determined through an official website wherein each institute has to fill in the relevant information. Further an inspection committee system will evaluate the same so as to make sure that the information furnished is true or not.
Moreover the discussions that begin in the year 2009 by University Grants Commission over the trivial issue of National Assessment & Accreditation Council were dropped in middle only. The process was given a push after Irani took over at the HRD ministry.