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The fourth edition of the Indian rankings based on the National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 were announced. IIT, Madras, topped the HRD Ministry’s national ranking of higher education institutes, while Bangalore’s Indian Institute of Science and Delhi’s Miranda House were adjudged best university and college respectively. Among the management colleges, the top six ranks have been retained by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), led by Bengaluru. IIT-Delhi, Mumbai and Roorkee are among the top 10 in the category.

  • The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was approved by the MHRD and launched by Honourable Minister of Human Resource Development on 29th September 2015.
  • This framework outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. The methodology draws from the overall recommendations broad understanding arrived at by a Core Committee set up by MHRD, to identify the broad parameters for ranking various universities and institutions.
  • The parameters broadly cover “Teaching, Learning and Resources,” “Research and Professional Practices,” “Graduation Outcomes,” “Outreach and Inclusivity,” and “Perception”.

Significance of NIRF:

Ranking promotes competition among the Universities and drive them to strive for excellence. The rankings assume significance as performance of institutions has been linked with “Institutions of Eminence” scheme.


  • Teaching, Learning & Resources (TLR)
    • Student Strength including Doctoral Students (SS)
    • Faculty-student ratio with emphasis on permanent faculty (FSR)
    • Combined metric for Faculty with PhD (or equivalent) and Experience (FQE)
    • Financial Resources and their Utilisation (FRU)
  • Research and Professional Practice (RP)
    • Combined metric for Publications (PU)
    • Combined metric for Quality of Publications (QP)
    • IPR and Patents: Published and Granted (IPR)
    • Footprint of Projects and Professional Practice (FPPP)
  • Graduation Outcomes (GO)
    • Metric for University Examinations (GUE)
    • Metric for Number of Ph.D. Students Graduated (GPHD)
  • Outreach and Inclusivity (OI)
    • Percentage of Students from Other States/Countries (Region Diversity RD)
    • Percentage of Women (Women Diversity WD)
    • Economically and Socially Challenged Students (ESCS)
    • Facilities for Physically Challenged Students (PCS)
  • Perception (PR) Ranking
    • Peer Perception
  • Academic Peers and Employers (PR)

Top 5 Engineering Institutions in India-2019:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Top 5 Universities:

  • Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  • Calcutta University, Kolkata

Top 5 Colleges:

  • Miranda House, Delhi
  • Hindu College, Delhi
  • Presidency College, Chennai
  • Stephen’s College, Delhi
  • Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi

Institutions of Eminence scheme:

The institutes of eminence scheme under the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry aims to project Indian institutes to global recognition.

Key features:

  • The 20 selected institutes will enjoy complete academic and administrative autonomy.
  • The government will run 10 of these and they will receive special funding.
  • The selection shall be made through challenge method mode by the Empowered Expert Committee constituted for the purpose.
  • Only higher education institutions currently placed in the top 500 of global rankings or top 50 of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) are eligible to apply for the eminence tag.
  • The private Institutions of Eminence can also come up as greenfield ventures provided the sponsoring organisation submits a convincing perspective plan for 15 years.