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National Institutional Ranking Framework launched

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New Delhi — Launching the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for educational institutions today, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Zubin Irani has said that this would meet the need for a framework that would enable parents, students, teachers, educational institutions and other stakeholders to rank institutions on the basis of a set of objective parameters and a transparent process.

Developed by a team of experts in education and heads of institutions, the portal and the framework is presently available for and management institutions.

Over the next month, methodologies, parameters and process for ranking universities along with architecture and planning institutions would also be available online.

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani addressing a gathering during the launch of NIRF document and web portal in New Delhi on 29 September
Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani addressing a gathering during the launch of NIRF document and web portal in New Delhi on 29 September

Speaking on this occasion, the minister said that the NIRF would follow an Indian approach, which considers India-centric parameters like diversity and inclusiveness apart from excellence in teaching, learning and research. The minister said that this framework for and management institutes would be extended to other disciplines like architecture, pharmacy and humanities and for universities within the next 4 weeks.

The NIRF will facilitate a “level playing field” in ranking for institutions, which have been working in languages other than English and excelled relatively in the recent past.

The NIRF is an outcome of a need identified by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a consequent suggestion to evolve a national ranking framework.

Irani complimented the team of experts engaged in this gigantic task and expressed satisfaction that within one year her Ministry was able to achieve this target. She also highlighted that this will be a step forward in starting a new era of accountability in higher education in the country.

The ranking framework is designed in a manner so that institutions belonging to different sectoral fields such as engineering, management etc will be compared separately in their own respective peer groups. The parameters are under the five broad headings:

  1. teaching, learning and resources;
  2. research, consulting and collaborative performance;
  3. graduation outcomes;
  4. outreach and inclusivity and
  5. perception.

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