The New Indian Express | By Ram M Sundaram | 31st March 2016 | National Ranking Framework for Universities on Anvil |
CHENNAI: Research and campus placement performances will determine how well engineering colleges will do in the first ever national rank framework to be launched by the Education Ministry next month. Sources told Express that the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), an initiative taken by the Ministry of Human Resources Development to rank all universities and institutions across the country, would be based on four major parameters – Research, Teaching & Learning Resources, Graduation Outcome and Inclusivity. “Almost equal weightage was given to research publications, citations, patents, IPR and percentage of students who were placed in campus interviews and opted to go for higher education, rather their exam scores,” said a highly placed source. Since, unlike the routine accreditation process, the rank list was prepared on data provided by institutes, the Ministry is planning to debar institutes providing false information for two years.
Names of colleges so debarred will be displayed on the ranking portal prominently displaying the nature of their unethical conduct, a senior AICTE official told Express. The NIRF is an attempt to create a level playing field. The new ranking framework has divided engineering colleges two categories. ‘Category A’ will comprise institutes of national importance such as IITs, NITs, state universities, deemed-to-be universities, private universities and autonomous colleges. On the other hand, ‘Category B’ will comprise institutes affiliated to these universities. An official from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said that an Implementation Core Committee (ICC) would likely be set up to monitor the framework for a period of 12 months. The MHRD had approved setting up of this ranking system based on a recommendation by a committee headed by the present chairperson of the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), Surendra Prasad. Apart from engineering, all institutes offering management, pharmacy and architecture degree courses will also be ranked based on similar parameters. – Courtesy