The country’s best 500 academic institutes will now be ranked by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), August onwards. A detailed ranking matrix with an eight point criteria will be prepared by a committee consisting of officials from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the English & Foreign Languages University – Andhra Pradesh as well as representatives of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).
A nod has already been given by the MHRD to the draft proposal for science, which consists of parameters such as teaching-learning, infrastructure and academic performance. A similar matrix will be created to rank courses and colleges in Arts, Medicine, Economics and Social Sciences, Management/Business Administration, Law, Hotel Management as well as Mass/Visual Communication. This development will be further extended to 33,000 institutes.
The Ministry will be keeping physical checks while conducting methods to automated validation, as well. Citizens can access the information and raise objections if required. The institutes will be divided based on an urban and a rural ranking, once the pilot run for these is successful.
The following parameters will be judged on while making the list:
This section will test the institutes on the teacher-student ratio, percentage of students from other than native state, the usage of modern technology and resources to teach and percentage of time spent in laboratory/library and refresher course for faculty.
The section will comprise of performances of institutes in global, national tests as well as external examinations. The citation and research papers submitted will also be taken in account.
Technology development and its interface with periphery of institution and empowerment of women will be stressed upon in this parameter.
This will include weightage on visibility nationally or globally, self-employment as well as satisfaction of community or parents.
A ranking system is being adopted by our country in order to demarcate ranking from accreditation, which is the responsibility of the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC).