The Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD), Smriti Zubin Irani, recently released the India Rankings 2016 and dedicated India’s first ranking to the nation.
While releasing the India Rankings 2016 she said that history has been made as National Institutional Ranking framework (NIRF) is the first of its kind. She said that one of the biggest challenges in the higher education sector have been that citizens who engage with these institutions feel that there is no level playing field in terms of transparency and the data that they need from these institutions with regard to the choices they, specially the students, need to make.
The Ministry of HRD, she said, has been able to spearhead many a changes in the field of education sector and slowly and steadily the steps taken by the Ministry are bearing fruits.
The Minister said this kind of ranking would empower citizens as it would endow them with the power as to how they observe the institutions to be. Some 60000 observers gave their views about how our present institutions are. She added that these rankings would also help in reaching benchmark of international excellence. The rankings will also help students make informed choices about the institutions they want to join. The Minister added that to ensure a third party validation of the data that we have received and analyzed, the agency like Elsevier was engaged.
India Rankings 2016 is the country’s first exercise to rank the higher educational institutions in the country based on objective, identifiable parameters. This follows the launch of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) on 29th September, 2015 by the Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Zubin Irani.
The rankings are arrived at after detailed analysis and validation of the data submitted by more than 3,600 higher educational institutions in the country classified in 6 categories. These ranking follow an Indian approach, where academic institute will be assessed on parameters, including teaching-learning; research; collaborative practice and professional performance; graduate outcomes; placements; outreach and inclusive action and peer group perception. Each of these has been further subdivided into nearly 20 sub criteria to comprehensively assess an institution.
The decision to set up a reliable, transparent and authentic ranking system for higher education institutions within the country was taken on the recommendations of heads of central universities and institutions of national importance.
A core committee that included National Board of Accreditation Chairman Surendra Prasad, IIT-Kharagpur Director P. P. Chakraborty, IIT-Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi, besides the Higher Education Secretary and HRD Ministry officials have drafted the framework, Institutions will be ranked separately among their own verticals including engineering, management, architecture, pharmacy and universities, etc. The ranking is done by an independent and autonomous body and the exercise will be an annual affair. Accordingly, the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) has undertaken the task of doing the ranking exercise.
The rankings are a step towards bringing the Indian institutes on a global platform.
In the Ranking of University Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc) has been ranked best with a score of 91.81 followed by Institute Of Chemical Technology, Mumbai with a score of 87.58. The Jawaharlal Nehru University has been ranked 3rd with a core of 86.45, University Of Hyderabad is at fourth position with a score of 85.45 followed by Tezpur University having score of 84.31.
The University Of Delhi is at sixth position and has got a score of 83.19, Banaras Hindu University at seventh with score of 81.22, the Indian Institute Of Space Science And Technology, Thiruvananthapuram is at eighth position with score of 78.82 followed by Birla Institute Of Technology & Science -Pilani scoring 76.85 and the Aligarh Muslim University is at 10th position with score of 76.62.
The IITs have occupied the top 10 best engineering colleges slot with IIT Madras placed at number one with a weighted score of 89.42, followed by IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur with weighted score of 87.67, 83.91, 82.03 and 81.07, respectively.
At the fifth position there is IIT Roorkee with a score of 78.68, followed by IIT Hyderabad, one of the new IITs with a score of 77.23. Seventh rank has been taken by another new IIT, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar with a score of 75.23; at eighth it is IIT Ropar (75.21) and at 10th spot there Indian Institute of Technology, Patna with score of 74.68.
In the ranking of B-Schools the first six positions have been acquired by the IIMs, including IIM-Bangalore, IIM-Ahmedabad, IIM-Calcutta, IIM-Lucknow, IIM-Udaipur and IIM-Kozhikode, in the order of their rankings. Indian Management Institute (IMI) New Delhi has been ranked 7th in India Rankings 2016 by the National Institutional Ranking Framework, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The other management institutes in the Ranking among the top 10 are Indian Institute Of Forest Management, Bhopal at eighth place; Indian Institute Of Technology, Kanpur at ninth and the Indian Institute Of Management, Indore at 10th place.
Taking about this achievement, Padmashree Dr. Bakul Dholakia, Director General, IMI-New Delhi said, “It gives me great pleasure to announce that we have been ranked 7th in the India Rankings 2016. We, at IMI, are privileged to have some of the most renowned names in the field of management education on board. This is a landmark achievement which will provide a shot in the arm to our objectives of delivering the highest quality education, and will drive us to keep up the standards that we have set.”
In Pharmacy ranking Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka; University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences-Chandigarh; and Jamia Hamdard, Delhi secured the first, second and third places, respectively.