More funds, autonomy to institutions with better ranking: HRD

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, the first Indian institution to make it to the top 10 in the global ranking, has been ranked right at the top in the annual national rankings released by the HRD ministry. The methodology is based on the broad parameters as decided by the Core Committee, which is set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in order to rank various Indian institutes and universities.

Over 3,300 institutes participated in the second edition of the India Rankings. The NIRF was introduced past year to rank Indian universities. NIRF was approved by the MHRD and launched on 2015.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi expressed satisfaction over the progress made by the University and congratulated one and all, including the team of Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance (DIQA) for the achievement. Delhi's Miranda College was ranked the best college in the country, with Loyola College, Chennai, and Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi, in the second and third positions.

The rankings called National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is an initiative of the BJP government, started previous year.

However, there are over 800 new participants under the new category introduced from this year onwards, which includes institutions of medical and law.

Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development, said, "These rankings will help increase the credibility of these institutes". Indian Institute of Space Science Technology, Thiruvanathapuram and Calicut University are two other universities which find a place in the top 100 institution in overall category. While Pune University ranked 10th on the top universities list, the Homi Bhabha National Institute was ranked 14th. "We are making this vital change in the policy to ensure that each institute competes to be the best", Prakash Javedkar said.

NIRF ranks the institutions based on five parameters: Teaching, learning and resources, research and professional practices, graduation outcomes, outreach and inclusivity perception.

Among management institutes, the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad came out on top, followed by IIM-Bangalore, IIM-Calcutta, IIM-Lucknow and IIM-Kozhikode. "This will also encourage them to perform better", the minister said.

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