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The New Indian Express |  By Express News Service |   06th April 2016 |

CHENNAI: A day after the Union Human Resources Ministry released rankings for various educational institutions, S Vaidhyasubramaniam, the Dean of Planning and Development, SASTRA University, a deemed university in TN, has said the rankings were done based on incomplete data. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), an initiative by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), ranked universities and educational institutions in different categories across the country based on data acquired from individual institutions. Among the several parameters considered for the preparation of the list, weightage was given to research and learning outcomes of students.  Vaidhyasubramaniam said that on a deeper analysis they found that NIRF had taken data pertaining to only ‘Engineering’ and ‘Chemical Engineering’ of the university, while for all other educational institutions in the engineering category, all publications were taken into account. “Hence we request the correct data submitted by us be incorporated in the NIRF calculation which will increase our final score considerably and result in a significant upward movement in our rankings and will remove the unintentional discrimination and discrepancy,” he said in a statement.

SASTRA University claimed that they had submitted around 2,512 research publications with 6,509 citations in between 2012 and 2014, the NIRF showed that they had submitted only 1,158 publications with 2,660 citations during the same time period.  The statement also said that a letter from A K Nassa, Member Secretary, National Board of Accreditation, MHRD, requested the university not to apply in more than one category with the result SASTRA applied only in the engineering category. In the ranking report released on Monday, several institutions across the country were ranked in more than one category.  SASTRA has sought the MHRD to rectify the error and allocate a new ranking for the university. – Courtesy


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