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MHRD develops framework to rank higher education institutes

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To give the university students a one of its kind feel of global ranking, Union Human Resource Development Ministry will launch a framework to rank the higher education institutions in India soon. The ‘India-Centric Ranking Framework’ will be country specific such as the emphasis on inclusive education through reservation- to come up with the ranking of the state-run and private institutes.

The ranking will cover all institutes offering courses on engineering, law, management and humanities. The ministry will publish the first ranking list by January-February 2016. The ministry is making all efforts to develop an Indian academic ranking. The University grants commission started a discussion with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council in 2009, but the process was given a push since Smriti Irani came to HRD Ministry.

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A committee comprising National Board of Accreditation Chairman (NBA) Surendra Prasad, IIT-Kharagpur Director PP Chakraborty, IIT-Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi, besides the higher education secretary and HRD ministry officials is formed to make the ranking framework. The ranking framework will be based on objective and authentic parameters. Other parameters include teaching-learning, research, collaborative practice and professional performance, graduate outcomes, placements, outreach and inclusive action, and peer group perception. Each of these is then subdivided into 20 sub-criteria to assess an institute.

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