The Times of India | Somdatta Basu | TNN | Jun 20, 2016 |
Kolkata: The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, has been ranked 20 in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) assessment of engineering colleges, undertaken by the ministry of human resource development. The ministry had earlier given the institute a rank of 82, allegedly because the IIEST authorities had not submitted their data within the set deadline. NIRF is a methodology adopted by the ministry to rank all higher education institutions in the country. The framework was approved by the ministry and launched last September. There are separate rankings for different types of institutions, depending on their areas of operation – universities and colleges, engineering institutions, management institutions, pharmacy institutions and architecture institutions. NIRF uses several parameters for ranking purposes, such as resources, research, and stakeholder perception.
The ranked lists were published on April 4. It is unclear exactly why the prestigious institute initially received such a poor rating, but senior university officials said it could have had something to do with the fact that the IIEST status was bestowed on the institute, changing its name and also some of its manner of functioning. Ministry officials, however, claimed the IIEST authorities hadn’t submitted their data on time. The initial list did not even feature IIEST Shibpur. It was only after repeated requests from the IIEST authorities that the name was included in the list, but was poorly ranked, certain parameters having been marked zero, said a source. For example, the complete data on research publications was not considered, the source added. The institute was also provided a window of 24 hours to upload their data.