Latest NIRF Rankings from India: Stark Regional Disparities

The latest National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings have been released by the Indian Ministry of Education.

The NIRF was created in response to a growing dissatisfaction in India with the unreliability and lack of transparency of the better-known international rankings. It is based on the following parameters for the overall rankings:

  • Teaching, Learning and Resources
  • Research and Professional Practice
  • Graduation Outcomes
  • Outreach and Inclusivity
  • Peer Perception

The overall rankings are dominated by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) led by IIT Madras, followed by the Indian Institute of Science and IIT Bombay. Something that is very striking is the regional distribution of institutions in the overall top 100. The southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala have a strong presence here, as do Punjab and Delhi, while Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the north are noticeably under represented.

The NIRF provides a number of sub-rankings. The leaders in some of these are:

Engineering; IIT Madras

Management; Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Pharmacy; Jamia Hamdard

Medical; All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi

Dental; Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences

Law; National Law School of India University

Architecture: Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee


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