Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, uses the National Institutional Ranking Framework to rank various institutions of higher education in India. The NIRF methodology was approved by the MHRD in the year 2015. NIRF adopts different parameters to rank different educational institutions of various discipline. Teaching, Learning & Resources, Research & Professional Practice, Graduation Outcomes, Perception, and Outreach & Inclusivity are the parameters that the NIRF considers during evaluation.
4,867 applications were received by the NIRF and 3,127 institutions participated in the ranking process and the participants were from various categories. President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday announced the fourth edition of the Indian rankings as per the NIRF 2019. The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras scored the top rank and the IISC Bangalore and Miranda House, Delhi were awarded the best university and college respectively.
IISC Bangalore has secured first place in the university category, JNU stood second, and BHU secured the third place. However, IISC Bangalore and IIT Delhi secured the second and third positions in the higher educational institutions category. The Indian Institute of Technology has secured the top seven places and the remaining have been taken by The Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University secured the seventh and tenth place respectively. The top places have been taken by the premier educational institutions.
Miranda house of Delhi topped the list of colleges ranking, Hindu College and Presidency College in Chennai took the second and third places. St. Stephens college was ranked fourth placed and Sri Ram college of commerce ranked seventh.
Anna University, Chennai and National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, have been ranked ninth and tenth in the engineering category. IIT Madras topped the engineering institutions list and IIT Delhi, and IIT Mumbai took the second and third places respectively.
The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore is the topper among the management category and IIT Delhi, Mumbai and Roorkee are also in the top 10 categories. Jamia Hamdard was awarded the topper for Pharmacy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences was named the best medical college, and National Law School of India University took the best law school ranking. The rankings were awarded to all the educational institutions based on the review methodology by the NIRF as per the various parameters for different categories.
President Ramnath Kovind spoke on the occasion and mentioned that the quality of education has improved and that the access has also increased due to the expansion in the infrastructure of higher education. The president also mentioned that the growth in the higher education sector requires enormous improvement in the quality of it too.
He also mentioned that higher education should be designed not only for individual benefit but target at achieving higher goals at the national level.
The NIRF rankings of institutes and colleges have crowned the educational institutions as the list of excellence in the category. There seems to be a huge gap in the quality of education. There is also a stark variation in the quality of education provided by the private and public sectors. The next set of challenges faced by the top rankers would be to improve the overall quality of education. But the NIRF rankings are a clear indication of the excellence achieved in the higher education sector.