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India to have its own higher education ranking system

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India is said to form its own system of ranking higher educational institutions. This system will be designed with the Indian situation in mind. The system is said to stress on outcomes and the ranking of the institutions are should not be confused with accreditation that is being dome by the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council).

Late last month, senior HRD officials, directors of IITs, IIMs, NITs and representatives of CII and FICCI met to work out the ranking system. "We have got six groupings of outcomes on which institutions will be ranked," a senior HRD official said.

The categories on which the institutions shall be ranked will be academic performance, teaching-learning, learning resources, graduation outcome, global MoUs and impact/innovation done by institutions.

Ranking for science, engineering, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, law and business administration will be done differently. IITs, IIMs, School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University have been asked to look into outcomes again.

India to have its own higher education ranking

In the new Indian ranking system, he said, weightage on a factor like 'perception of an institute' will be less. "We do not have too many higher educational institutions that can be on top merely on the basis of perception. In case higher weightage is given to perception factor, few good ones will permanently occupy the top slot," he said.

Instead, more weightage will be given to teaching/learning, graduation outcomes and research. Each of the six groupings consists of various sub-factors. For instance, in case of graduation outcome, sub-factors that will be looked are employment level, percentage of the self-employed, percentage of those pursuing higher education and those who are unemployed.

The official said it also needs to be sorted out how frequently rankings will be done. "Most likely it will be once in two years. We will also finalize if a new body is needed to carry out the ranking," he said.

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