The Union Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan went live from his Twitter handle along with Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State and Anil Saharsrabudhe, AICTE Chairman to announce the names of institutes and universities in India that rank in the top 20 list of the sixth edition of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), 2021. This framework was launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on September 29, 2015 with the aim of ranking institutes under various categories- pharmacy, engineering, dental, university, medical, law, management, research, colleges, architecture and overall under several parameters like, stakeholder, perception (PR), resources and research.
NIRF 2021 saw an active participation of 6000 Indian institutes, which is quite higher than the previous year’s number at 3800. As per their overall ranking, Indian Institute of Madras, Chennai, aces the list with a score of 86.76, followed by Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, acquiring the second and third positions, scoring 82.67 and 82.52 respectively. Last year, third in the list was Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, which has now shifted to the fourth position with a score of 81.75.
The Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also said, “The NIRF Indian rankings should not be considered as an end but the beginning of the improvement of quality in higher education.” The remaining in the top 10 NIRF 2021 list are- Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Uttarakhand, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh.
The initially set four parameters for judging these institutes and universities for the NIRF listing were later redefined by the concerned department, who came up with certain others like- Graduation Outcomes (GO), Peer perception, Teaching, Learning and Resources (TLR), Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) and Research and Professional Practice (RP), which were the main criteria for 2021 NIRF rankings for institutes in India.
National Institute Ranking Framework works according to the data submitted by the participating institutes. The data is strictly monitored for its authenticity by physical audits and by making it public through their website. If any university or institute gives false data, it may be ruled out from the ranking list as part of its consequences.