India’s first MHRD Ranking Of Colleges And Universities Not Neutral
MHRD Higher Education Department released the first ever ranking of educational institutions in India. Institutions in Engineering, Management, Pharmacy and Universities were categorized under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) which evaluates institutions based on five criteria; Teaching, Learning and Resources (TLR), Research and Professional Practice (RPC), Graduation Outcomes (GO), Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) and Perception. According to MHRD, the top three positions in engineering colleges, universities and management institutes are as follows.
First nationally accredited ranking, a disappointment
As it is the very first nationally accredited ranking, it came as a disappointment to many colleges and universities that have always been celebrated. This might not change anything for them, but it was surprising to see that in the Engineering category the 1st ten places were reserved for IIT’s. Even some of the relatively new IIT’s had made their way into the top 10, while some reputed and obvious colleges like NIT Trichy had not.
It is also questionable that BITS Pilani and IIIT Hyderabad were conveniently sidetracked from competing with the IIT’s as they were considered as Universities, not colleges. However, the question arises that though BITS Pilani is a Deemed University, the Engineering Department should have been considered for a rank among Engineering colleges.
Reputed colleges didn’t make it to the top
Delhi College of Technology not making it even to the top 100 is another shocking news. What’s worse, NIT Delhi, which is a relatively new institution had been included. But above all that, IIM Ahmedabad has always had a reputation for being the best B-School in India. But it has been placed second in the Management category to IIM Bangalore. Again, according to the NIRF report by MHRD, IIM Ahmedabad had lost to IIM Bangalore in only one criteria; perception. That is how powerful a role perception plays in our decision-making.
Not all colleges are funded equally
Although there is another question of funding, which is quite important for some colleges to produce results, it has been pointed out that the IIT’s receive more funding than colleges like Punjab University. And universities and colleges in Pune boycotted the ranking by not submitting the data required, stating reasons like lack of clarity in the application. Among academicians, this is a huge shock because it is not for nothing that Pune is termed as the Oxford of the East.
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