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The Times of India |

AURANGABAD: The registration for the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is scheduled to start on November 2, but colleges have sought clarity on whether the assessment would be in addition to the evaluation being carried out through existing frameworks. The NIRF has been introduced by the ministry of human resource development to rank higher educational institutions in the country. The ministry has sought participation of institutions, which are accredited/affiliated to the AICTE/UGC under the new system by making available a web-based platform.

“The National Institutional Ranking Framework has been launched to rank higher educational institutions based on objective, verifiable criteria. The ranking system is expected to promote excellence in education in a competitive environment,” an MHRD note reads. The registration window is available at nirfindia.org from November 2, it adds. TOI, on October 5, had reported about the methodology of NIRF that broadly assesses institutions on “Teaching, Learning and Resources,” “Research and Professional Practices,” “Graduation Outcomes,” “Outreach and Inclusivity,” and “Perception”.  Management representative of an engineering institution said it was not clear on the part of the ministry whether the NIRF assessment is in addition to existing assessment frameworks. “The MHRD is apparently silent on this aspect. At the time of opening registration windows, it should have clarified it,” he said.

The authorities from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), however, pleaded ignorance and refused to comment on clarification sought by colleges. Legal expert in education field Ravi Bharadwaj said instead of developing a new framework, it would have been more prudent on the part of the MHRD to strengthen and consolidate the existing system of accreditation. “Our higher education system has NAAC and NBA as accreditation agencies, which evaluates institutions on scientific parameters. Another sort of burden would be created through the NIRF,” he said. The number of campus placements, opportunities of higher studies and entrepreneurship, claim over intellectual property rights and patents, facilities for sports and extra-curricular activities and representation of women among other key indicators would soon reflect in ranking of engineering and management institutes as proposed in the NIRF. In a statement, HRD minister Smriti Irani has said that the primary purpose of the ranking framework is to galvanise Indian institutions towards a competitive environment that exists world today. “Clear definition and identification of key parameters can help institutions to work sincerely towards improving ranking,” she had said. – Courtesy  /  https://www.nirfindia.org/Home    /      MHRD: Registration window for participating institutions to register themselves at www.nirfindia.org is available from 2nd November 2015   – (113.07 KB)


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