Govt Unveils Indigenous Ranking Framework for Educational Institutions

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has come up with an indigenous ranking framework for Indian higher education institutions. It defers from global rankings in that it will judge institutions based on country specific parameters.

Government believes this will give Indian institutions a competitive platform free of any international bias. Indian universities and colleges, including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), usually do not fare too well in global rankings done by various international agencies.

According to HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, the new ranking would provide an “Indian context to educational aspirations and needs”. This would help institutions that conduct research in languages other than English and are focused on socially inclusive education – two factors overlooked by international agencies. Government also hopes this will give new institutions a level playing field with older institutions.

The minister said the rankings would also end the myths that often surround universities and would help students make an informed selection.

The framework will evaluate institutions on five parameters—teaching, learning and resources (TLR); research, professional practice and collaborative performance (RPC); graduation outcome (GO); outreach and inclusivity (OI); and perception (PR) of end users.

The rankings will be done annually by an independent and autonomous body. Institutions have to provide data online by December 31; the rankings will come into force by April next year before the new academic year begins.

All private and public institutions in the country, across disciplines, are free to sign up for the rankings. It is not mandatory for all institutions to join; however, it is hoped that finally every higher education institution in the country will participate.