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India gets its first ever National Institutional Rankings: NIRF

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MHRD reveals the first edition of the National Institutional Rankings Framework

New Delhi, April 04, 2016: Honourable Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, today released the India Rankings 2016, country's first exercise to rank the higher educational institutions in the Country based on objective, identifiable parameters.

This follows the launch of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) on 29th Sept 2015 by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smt Smriti Zubin Irani.

The rankings are arrived at after detailed analysis and validation of the data submitted by more than 3,600 higher educational institutions in the Country classified in 6 categories.

These rankings follow an Indian approach, where academic institute will be assessed on parameters, including teaching-learning; research; collaborative practice and professional performance; graduate outcomes; placements; outreach and inclusive action and peer group perception. Each of these have been further subdivided into nearly 20 sub criteria to comprehensively assess an institution.

Sharing further insights into this development by the MHRD, Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, said, "Designed with a transparent mechanism, the National Institutional Rankings will facilitate choice, enabling higher education stakeholders to make informed and accurate decisions. Our mission is to enable students and parents across the country to have a tangible connect with their country's education system. Through this launch, we are embarking on the path of education diplomacy, which is bound to take the country forward. Each year, these rankings will serve as a performance benchmark for education institutes to improve their standing in the educational arena."

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)

"World's first university was established in India and it is unfortunate that the same country is not recognised for its education today. The first of its kind alternative to the other global rankings, the National Institutional Rankings are designed to galvanise Indian institutions towards a competitive environment that exists in the world today. These rankings are an outcome of a need identified by the Hon'ble Prime Minister and I am confident that this initiative will further boost his vision of 'Make in India'," added Smt. Irani.

The decision to set up a reliable, transparent and authentic ranking system for higher education institutions within the country was taken on the recommendations of heads of central and institutions of national importance universities.

A core committee that included National Board of Accreditation Chairman Surendra Prasad, IIT-Kharagpur director P.P. Chakraborty, IIT-Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi, besides the Higher Education Secretary and HRD Ministry officials have drafted the framework.

Institutions will be ranked separately among their own verticals including engineering, management, architecture, pharmacy and universities, etc. The ranking is done by an independent and autonomous body and the exercise will be an annual affair. Accordingly, the National Bureau of Accreditation (NBA) has undertaken the task of doing the ranking exercise.

The rankings are a step towards bringing the Indian institutes on a global platform

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