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NIRF Ranking 2020 released

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NIRF Ranking 2020 released

What is NIRF?

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has been accepted by the MHRD and launched on 29th September 2015.  It is used for ranking institutions of higher education in different categories and domains of knowledge.

Parameters used for ranking institutions:

  1. Teaching, Learning and Resources.
  2. Research and Professional Practices.
  3. Graduation Outcomes.
  4. Outreach and Inclusivity.
  5. Peer Perception.

Why is NIRF used?

  1. It encourages institutes to compete against each other and simultaneously work towards their growth.
  2. These rankings also attract foreign students, providing a solid base for the ‘Study in India’ programme for the growth of higher education in India.
  3. It is also one of the criteria for private institutions assessment for the Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme.

What changes have been made in this edition?

This is the fifth consecutive edition of these rankings.

This year ‘Dental’ category has been introduced for the first time bringing the total tally to 10 categories/subject domains.

Why Indian institutions do not fare well in International rankings like QS World university rankings?

In international rankings, Indian institutions struggle on the “internationalisation” parameter in global rankings. It is due to the high weightage given to the perception which is a subjective parameter.

Whereas, in NIRF, 90% of the parameters are completely objective and fact-based, while only 10% is based on the subjective parameter of perception by academic peers and employers.

Performance of various institutions:

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Prelims Link:

  1. What is NIRF?
  2. Parameters used for ranking.
  3. Top institutions in various categories.
  4. Performance of various institutions this year vs last year.
  5. What is Institutions of eminence scheme?
  6. Institutions in Top 200 list of QS World University Rankings.

Mains Link:

Discuss the significance of Institutions of Eminence scheme.

Sources: the Hindu.