Ministry of Human Resource and Development’s ambitious project National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is all set to release India Rankings 2017 today on April 03, 2017 via a press conference. There will be no function on 3rd or 4th April, 2017. NIRF was approved by the MHRD and launched by then Minister of Human Resource Development on 29th September 2015. This framework outlines a methodology to rank institutions across India.
The first edition of the NIRF was released on April 04, 2016. The parameters that have been taken into consideration for the ranking of the institutions include: teaching and learning resources, research and professional practice, graduation outcome, outreach and inclusivity and perception. However, there are a few significant changes in a few sub-parameters. Also, this year every large institution will be given a common overall rank as well as a discipline specific rank as applicable.
But things this year are not the same; NIRF has received a very cold response from the higher education institutes with around 800 less participants this year. From the sources it has been revealed that 2,735 educational institutions have participated in this year’s process as against last year’s 3,563 participants. Somewhere around 800 new participants have been introduced under some new categories which have been added this year onwards. New categories include institutions from medical and law backgrounds.
The main reason behind the cold response from the educational institutions is the stringent norms that have been adopted by NIRF for ranking methodology. Moreover, another reason thus assumed for less participation is maintenance of the data sought by NIRF for the analysis. Hope they might participate in the coming years.
The first ranking was criticised by many academicians saying the list was full of “surprises” even as the HRD ministry maintained that the rankings of NIRF 2016 were based on the data submitted by varsities.
In the first ranking list, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi and Hyderabad University topped the list of central varsities last year while IIT-Madras and IIM-Bangalore led among technological and management institutions.