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HRD Minister Releases ‘ India Rankings 2020’ For Higher Educational Institutes

New Delhi: Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the Union Minister for Human Resources Development, released ‘India 2020’ rankings of higher education institutions in various categories on the basis of their five wide-ranging parameters. In the presence of HRD Minister of State Shri Sanjay Dhotre, the Minister published India Rankings 2020 in almost 10 categories. Subsequent video conferencing was attended by Shri Rakesh Ranjan (Higher Education), MSRD, the President of the UGC and Professor D. P. Singh, the President of AICTE, Anil Sahasrabudhe and Chairman K K.K. Aggarwal of NBA; Dr Anil, member secretary of the NBA.

This is the fifth in a row of India’s higher education institutions rankings. In 2020, the cumulative count for the first time in 10 categories / subject fields was applied to the nine grades i.e. one category named “Dental.”

The Minister said on the occasion that such rankings are a guide for university students to choose on the basis of a set of criteria to enhance the performance of universities on a ranking of different classifications and to recognize deficiencies in the research and improvement fields. He added that the ranking of national institutions gives the institutions a competitive eye to reach a higher and more reliable standard.

Shri Pokhriyal said this is an significant initiative of the HRD Ministry to create a National Institutional Ranking System (NIRF), which for the last five years has been used for the rankings of higher education institutions in various categories and fields of science and which indeed is a source of encouragement for all of us. He said this exercise has also developed the habit of organizing data by the organizations, and most of them are striving to be more efficient. The Minister was pleased to note that large categories of NIRF parameters captured successfully all main aspects of teaching and learning.

The Minister was pleased to learn that the ranking contains country-specific criteria important to the Indian situation such as regional diversity, growth, sexual equality and the inclusion of deprived sections of society. All parameters are duly standardized and are kept “size-independent” or “age-independent” so as not to have unfair advantages for large and old institutions. The author of Shri Pokhriyal stated that in the case of Engineering , Management, Pharmacy, Law and Medicine, category-specific rankings are in fact appropriate in addition to overall ranking. A new subject ‘Dental’ will be added in 2020.

The NTA has just launched the National Test Abhyas app for JEE students and NEET students and about 65 lakhs students have already downloaded the app for the online test to provide online practice during the challenging COVID 19 era. Shri Nishank said that.

For the last five years, the Minister congratulated the Ministry officials, the National Accreditation Board of the Member Secretary and his team at NBA and INFLIBNET Centre, on the continued publication of the Indian Rankings. He also congratulated the institutions which obtained first three positions in different categories and fields.

State Minister of HRD Shri Sanjay Dhotre has also welcomed institutes with “India Rankings 2020” and encouraged all other institutes which this year were unable to secure high ranks. He said that participation in such a rankings demonstrate the institution’s confidence and participating is the first step towards success, boosting the institution ‘s confidence. He also called on higher education institutions to assist students who have had a deficit since school days, and deal with those deficits in a fundamental way. Shri Dhotre said that the rankings are important in order to ensure consistency and healthy competition. He said we must all ensure the overall development.

The structure ranking assesses institutions on 5 large generic parameter classes , i.e. Learning and Resources (TLR), R&P (RP), Outcomes for Graduation (GO), Inclusion and Outreach (OI), and Perception (PR). Ranks are allocated according to the total sum of marks allocated for each of these five broad parameter groups

In addition, third-party sources of data have also been used where possible to collect data on different criteria from the candidate institutions. For the retrieval of publications and citation data, scopus (Elsevier Science) and the Sciences Web (Clarivate Analytics) have been used. Derwent Innovation has been used to collect patent data.The data obtained from these sources was transmitted to transparency institutions with a requirement to provide their feedback.

For the ranking of “Overall,” category-specific and/or domain-specific rankings of India Ranking 2020, a total number of 3,771 unique institutions were offered. A total of 3,771 single applicant institutions under different categories and fields were faced with 5,805 requests for rankings, including 294 universities, 1071 engineering institutions, 630 management bodies, 334 pharmaceutical institutions, 97 law institutions, 118 medical institutions, 48 architectural institutions and 1659 universities.

A noticeable increase in institutional participation in the rankings exercise this year indicating its recognition amongst institutions of higher education in India as a fair and transparent ranking exercise. Number of unique applicants to India Rankings have increased from 3127 in 2019 to 3771 in 2020 whereas total number of applications for ranking in various categories have increased from 4873 in 2019, to 5805 in 2020 i.e. total increase of 644 unique institutions and 932 total applicants.

As regards practice, there are 200 institutions in the field of engineering, 100 in total, 75 in the fields of management, 40 in the fields of pharmacy, and 40 in the fields of architecture, law and dentistry, as well as 30 institutions, each for the first time. There are also further rankings in appropriate bundles. Data were screened and identified for ranked institutions with care, inconsistencies, contradictions and outliers, requiring much care, patience and tactful handling of institutions.

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