05 February 2017

Last year the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development initiated a new and ambitious ranking of Indian universities, the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). According to an article in the Hindustan Times by Gauri Kohli, a number of changes are planned for this year’s ranking exercise. There will be a greater emphasis on quality of research in the 2017 rankings and some parameters that are difficult to verify will be eliminated. In addition, the database for the peer review will be improved.

Smaller institutions will be eligible for rankings based on disciplines such as law architecture, social sciences and engineering while larger centrally funded ones with at last 1,000 enrolled students will be given overall scores and included in a single overall ranking. Open universities and affiliated institutions will be excluded. Surendra Prasad, a member of the framework development committee, is reported as saying that universities will also be required to publish all data presented to the Ministry.

Professor Prasad also said that last year there were problems with the collection of data and that the “biggest concern was somewhat careless attitude in providing the required data on the part of many institutions “.

The Hindustan Times

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