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NIRF Rankings 2021

  • 10 Sep 2021
  • 3 min read

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Recently, the Ministry of Education released the India Rankings 2021 instituted by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) (sixth edition).

Key Points

  • About:
    • Launch: The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was approved by the Ministry of Education (Erstwhile Ministry of Human Resource Development) in September 2015.
      • It is the first-ever effort by the government to rank Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the country.
      • Participation in NIRF was made compulsory for all government-run educational institutions in 2018.
    • Assessment on Five Parameters:
      • Teaching, Learning and Resources (TLR)
      • Research and Professional Practice (RP)
      • Graduation Outcomes (GO)
      • Outreach and Inclusivity (OI)
      • Peer Perception.
    • 11 Categories: Best institutions across 11 categories are listed out - overall national ranking, universities, engineering, college, medical, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, dental and research.
    • Reason for Launch: The subjectivity in the ranking methodology developed by QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Ranking led India to start its own ranking system for Indian HEIs on the line of Shanghai Rankings.
      • NIRF is in its sixth year, but it continues to only rank Indian HEIs whereas Shanghai Rankings were international in character from the first year itself.
      • The long-term plan of NIRF is to make it an international league table.
    • No. of Participating Institutions in 2021: More than 6,000 institutes participated in NIRF Rankings.
  • Highlights of India Rankings 2021:
    • Overall: IIT-Madras, IISc-Bangalore, and IIT-Bombay have emerged as the country’s top three higher education institutions
    • University: IISc, Bengaluru tops the category.
    • Research Institution: IISc, Bengaluru was ranked the best research institution, a category included for the first time in India Rankings 2021.
    • Colleges: Miranda College retains 1st position amongst colleges for the fifth consecutive year, followed by Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Loyola College.
    • Engineering: Among engineering institutions, IIT-Madras remained number one.
    • Management: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad was ranked one.
    • Medical: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi occupies the top slot in Medical for the fourth consecutive year.
    • Pharmacy: Jamia Hamdard tops the list in Pharmacy subject for the third consecutive.
    • Architecture: IIT Roorkee takes the top slot for the first time in Architecture subject.
    • Law: National Law School of India University, Bangalore retains its first position in Law for the fourth consecutive year.
    • Dental: Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal secured 1st position.

Source: PIB

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