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National Institutional Ranking Framework Ranking

Recently the Fourth edition of ‘National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)’ ranking has been published.

What is the ‘National Institutional Ranking Framework’ ranking?

a) It is framework launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to rank the educational institutions in the country.

b) It outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. Based on this framework, ranking takes place annually.

c) This methodology draws from the overall recommendations and broad understanding arrived at by a Core Committee set up by MHRD.

d) The framework identifies the broad parameters for ranking various universities and institutions.

e) The ranking score given to the universities is a relative score, not absolute. It reflects the yearly performance of the institutions.

When was NIRF published for the first time?

a) The framework was first published in November 2015 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

b) Ranking based on the framework was published for the first time in 2016.

c) This year’s is the fourth edition of the ranking based on the framework.

d) Overall, 3,127 institutions applied for different categories of the NIRF this year.

Which are the parameters used to decide the ranking?

The rankings are based on multiple parameters and sub-parameters,

a) Teaching, Learning & Resources (Weightage- 0.30)

- Student Strength including Doctoral Students

- Faculty-student ratio with emphasis on permanent faculty

- Combined metric for Faculty with Ph.D. (or equivalent) and Experience (FQE)

- Total Budget and Its Utilisation

b) Research and Professional Practice (Weightage- 0.30)

- Publications (PU) and their quality

- IPR and Patents

c) Graduation Outcomes (Weightage- 0.20)

-Placement, Higher Studies, and Entrepreneurship

- Metric for University Examinations and graduating Students Admitted Into Top Universities.

- Metric for Number of Ph.D. Students Graduated

d) Outreach and Inclusivity (Weightage- 0.10)

- Region Diversity of Students

- Percentage of Women

- Economically and Socially Challenged Students (ESCS)

- Facilities for Physically Challenged Students (PCS)

e) Perception (Weightage- 0.10)

- Peer Perception of Employers and Research Investors, Academics

-Public Perception (PRPUB)

- Competitiveness (PRCMP)

Who ranks and who has topped the 2019 ranking?

a) National Board of Accreditation (NBA) under the HRD ministry is the Ranking Agency.

b)  Institutions are ranked on following categories along with the top universities.

i) Overall- IIT Madras

ii) Universities- IISc Bangalore

iii) Engineering- IIT Madras

iv) Management- IIM Bangalore

v) Pharmacy- Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi

vi) Colleges- Miranda House, New Delhi

vii) Medical- AIIMS, New Delhi

viii) Law- NLSU, Bangalore

ix) Architecture- IIT Kharagpur

x) Innovative institute- IIT Madras

How big is the higher education system in India?

a) India is the third biggest education system in the world.

b) There are around 903 Universities, 39050 affiliated colleges, 10011 standalone institutions.

c) There are around 34 million students and 3 million faculty.

Why is this ranking important?

a) It allows the students to choose top-rated institutions based on credible ranking. It gives a fair idea to them about the institution.

b) It allows the institution to share their own achievement with the public.

c) It promotes healthy competition among the institutions and helps to raise the standards of higher education in the country.