Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) launched a first of its kind ranking framework of institutes which provide higher education. The decision was made by HRD Minister, Smriti Irani to draw a ranking structure as ‘global rankings’ for Indian Colleges and Universities as well.
But the framework will be different from global rankings as the institutes will be considered on the basis of country-specific parameters. The initiative will be open for both private and public institutes across all disciplines. However, VS Oberoi, secretary, higher education, said that all 122 centrally-funded institutions including all central universities, IITs and IIMs will be participating.
The first round of ranking will be administered before the next academic year.
Action Plan for Ranking Framework
The plan is divided into two categories-
1. Category A
In this category, the institutes with academic autonomy and greater focus on research will be covered.
2. Category B
It will comprise colleges and centers affiliated to a university and more focused on teaching.
The parameters broadly cover –
Teaching, Learning and Resources
Research, Professional Practices and Collaborative Performance (RPC)
Graduation Outcomes (GO)
Outreach and Inclusivity (OI)
#Importance of Ranking Framework
Students who are seeking to take admission in one of the best colleges of India, will be able to make a wise decision on the basis of top rankings of colleges.
The institutes will make more efforts to reserve a place in top rankings.
The system itself would put pressure on educational institutions to perform well and provide what they promise in their prospectus.
#The Ranking Framework of Indian Institutes will be based on Reservation Policy
The framework lays special emphasis on representation of women and socially challenged persons among students as well as faculty, apart from regional diversity and representation of physically challenged students.
“We are working as per the reservation policy. We are not altering it. India is one of the few countries that provides for affirmative action and institutions must be socially relevant,” said secretary higher education V S Oberoi.