MHRD has launched National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), would enable parents, students, teachers, educational institutions and other stakeholders to rank institutions on the basis of a set of objective parameters and a transparent process.
This framework outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country, which has been drawn from recommendations arrived at by a Core Committee set up by MHRD, to identify the broad parameters for ranking various universities and institutions.
The ranking framework is designed such that institutions belonging to different sectoral fields such as Engineering, Management etc. will be compared separately in their own respective peer groups. The framework will evaluate institutions on five parameters—teaching, learning and resources (TLR); research, professional practice and collaborative performance (RPC); graduation outcome (GO); outreach and inclusivity (OI); and perception (PR) of end users. Each of these has been further subdivided to comprehensively assess an institute.
It is felt that this Framework caters to Indian Academic Atmosphere by considering diversity and inclusiveness apart from excellence in teaching learning and research as a parameter for ranking of the Institutions. This will also be a step forward in starting a new era of accountability in higher education in the country.
The Framework is presently available for engineering and management institutions. The methodologies, parameters and process for ranking universities along with architecture and planning institutions would be developed during the course of time.
Our Higher Education System currently has NAAC and NBA as Accreditation Agency, which evaluates institutions on scientific parameters. Here comes another Ranking Parameter and Process. Another sort of burden on the Higher Education System.
Instead of developing new framework, it would have been more prudent to strengthen and consolidate the existing system of Accreditation. The CGPA achieved on Accreditation can also be used to create Rankings within the Institutions rather than asking the Institutions to participate in a new process.
Well the Argument continues !