NIRF decodes the annual report card for the performance of Higher Education institutions. It was the first introduced on 29th September 2015. It estimates parameters such as teaching and learning, student and faculty strength, use of financial resources, research papers and patents, and graduation outcomes.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal revealed the rankings of higher educational institutions carried out as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework where IIT Madras topped centre’s highest education rankings in 2019.
This year ranking came days after QS World University rankings, which showed that India’s best institutions like IIT‘s and IISC have slipped the global list.
The rankings are published annually since 2016 where overall 3127 institutions applied for different categories of NIRF every year.
The basic objective is to encourage and compete against each other which simultaneously work towards their growth. In addition, these rankings help in attracting foreign students, that provides a strong stage for the ‘Study in India’ programme for the elevation of higher education in India.
With India witnessing an unprecedented elevation in a number of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the volume of students entering them, the quality of education is notably impacted.
Various statutory bodies such as UGC, AICTE, and MCI have made periodic regulations and inspections to improve the quality of education.
While 90% of the parameters in NIRF provided are mostly objective and are fact-based, and only 10% is based on the subjective parameter of perception by academic peers and employers.
In international rankings, Indian institutions’ low ranking is because of the high weightage given to the measure which is a subjective parameter.
With the fifth consecutive edition of these rankings, this year ‘Dental’ category has been announced for the first time bringing the total tally to 10 subject domains.
Delhi, West Bengal, as well as Tamil Nadu, are the only three states which are able to orient their colleges in the top 20 list.
Delhi leads with a total of 12, which is followed by Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, both having four colleges in the esteemed list.
Written By Mousami Jena
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