India to soon design own system of ranking of higher education

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Higher Education India is set to design its own system of ranking of higher educational institutions. The new system, to be designed keeping in mind the Indian situation, will stress on outcomes and that ranking of institutions should not be confused with accreditation that is already being done by National Assessment and Accreditation Council. Late last month, senior HRD officials, directors of IITs, IIMs, NITs and representatives of CII and FICCI met to work out the ranking system.

There are six groupings of outcomes on which similar institutions will be ranked. These will be academic performance, teaching-learning, learning resources, graduation outcome, global MoUs and impact/innovation done by institutions.

Ranking for science, engineering, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, law and business administration will be done differently. IITs, IIMs, School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University have been asked to look into outcomes again.

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It may be mentioned here that in a global village, methodisation of higher education systems the world over is indispensable. Therefore, the Indian Government has recently revamped the country as “knowledge economy”, supposedly by making higher education a top national agenda and creating world-class universities. Recently, not a single Indian university has featured in the Times Higher Education (THE)’s ranking of the top 100 universities in the world that are less than 50 years old.

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