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NIRF India Ranking 2021

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National Institutional Ranking Framework 2021- Context

  • Recently, Ministry of Education released its India Rankings 2021 under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).
  • While releasing the rankings, Education Minister said that there was a need for developing regional ranking frameworks and increasing participation by institutions.

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National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2021- Key Findings

  • 4,030 institutions across India had applied for NIRF India rankings 2021 this year. This is a noticeable increase (2426 in 2020) in institutional participation in the rankings exercise
  • Overall Ranking 2021:
    • IITs dominated the overall rankings, with seven of the top 10 positions.
    • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras was ranked the best higher education institution in the country for the third year in a row.
    • The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru ranked second, followed by IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Roorkee and IIT-Guwahati. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
  • Ranking of Universities: IISc was ranked one, followed by JNU, BHU, Calcutta University, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Coimbatore, Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.
  • Ranking of Engineering Institutions: IIT-Madras remained number one, followed by IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Roorkee, IIT-Guwahati, IIT-Hyderabad.
  • Ranking of Management Institutions: Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Ahmedabad was ranked one, followed by IIM-Bangalore, IIM-Calcutta, IIM-Kozhikode, IIT-Delhi, IIM-Indore.
  • Ranking of Medical Institutions: All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi scored the top rank for medical institutions, followed by Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, Christian Medical College in Vellore.
  • Ranking of Pharmacy Institutions: Jamia Hamdard was ranked one followed by Panjab University.
  • Ranking of Dental Institutions: Manipal College of Dental Sciences was ranked the best.
  • Ranking of Law Institutions: National Law School of India University, Bengaluru was ranked number one, followed by National Law University in Delhi.
  • Ranking of Research Institutions: IISc was ranked the best research institution, a category included for the first time.
  • Ranking of the Collages: Miranda House in Delhi remained the best college, followed by Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Loyola College.
  • Ranking of Architecture Institutions: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee ranked first followed by National Institute of Technology Calicut, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

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National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)- Key Points

  • About NIRF Ranking: The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is a framework adopted in 2015 by the Ministry of Education (Erstwhile Ministry of Human Resource Development) to rank institutions of higher education in India.
  • Categories for Ranking: NIRF ranks higher education institutions under 11 different categories. Initially, there were only four categories in the first NIRF Ranking 2016. The 11 categories are-
    1. Management
    2. Engineering
    3. Universities
    4. Pharmacy
    5. Architecture
    6. Medical
    7. Dental
    8. Law
    9. Colleges
    10. Research Institutions
    11. Overall
  • Parameters used for NIRF Rankings: Assessment of Higher Educational Institutions are done by the ministry on the following five parameters-
    1. Teaching, Learning, and Resources (TLR)
    2. Research and Professional Practice (RP)
    3. Graduation Outcomes (GO)
    4. Outreach and Inclusivity (OI)
    5. Peer Perception

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