Union Minister for Human Resources Development, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank,’ today released ‘India Rankings 2020’ of higher education institutions in different categories on the basis of their performance in five broad categories of parameters. In the presence of Minister of State for HRD, Shri Sanjay Dhotre, the Ministry published India Rankings 2020 in almost 10 categories. Additional Secretary (Higher Education), Shri Rakesh Ranjan, MHRD; Chairman of the UGC, Prof. D. P. Singh; Chairman, AICTE Anil Sahasrabudhe; Chairman of the NBA, Prof. K.K. Aggarwal; Member Secretary of the NBA, Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa, and representatives of the Higher Education Institutions attended a videoconference.
This is India’s fifth consecutive ranking of higher education institutions in India. In 2020, the latest “Odontology” category was added to 9 lists, taking the total to 10 divisions / subject domains for the first time.
The Minister said that these rankings act as guidance for students to choose universities based on a variety of criteria and assist universities to enhance their performance through various rankings and to recognise gaps in research and fields of improvement. He added that the national ranking of institutions gives the institutions a competitive spirit for improved results.
Shri Pokhriyal pointed out that the HRD ministry had undertaken the major initiative in setting up a National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) that has served as an incentive for all of us to rank higher education institutions in different categories and fields of knowledge for the last five years. He said that it was also the practice of the institutions to coordinate the data and most of these institutions seek to become more competitive.
The minister was pleased to note that broad range of the NIRF parameters have successfully captured all important aspects in higher education institutions, such as teaching , learning and resources as well as research and professional practice, results of graduation, etc.
The minister was glad to know that the rating criteria involves country-specific parameters related to the Indian situation such as regional diversity, outreach, gender equality and the inclusion of marginalized groups in society. All parameters and sub-parameters have been correctly calibrated so that they are “size independent” and “age-dependent.”
HRD Minister of State Shri Sanjay Dhotre also congratulated institutes in the ‘India Rankings 2020’ for achieving top positions and encouraged all institutes that could not achieve high ranks this year. He said participation in this classification process demonstrates the institution’s trust and participation is the first step towards progress and strengthens the institution ‘s confidence. He also urged higher education institutions to support their students, who have suffered from certain learning deficits since school days and tackle these deficits in a fundamental way. Shri Dhotre said rankings are important for transparency and healthy competition.
Shri Pokhriyal said that the rankings for the categories and universities and for special subjects are not only created in general, but also in engineering , management, pharmacy, architecture and law and medicine. Shri Pokhriyal said that it is indeed necessary to take place. From 2020 on, a new subject area, namely “Dental” has been launched.
The National Abhyas test app has been launched recently by NTA for students of JEE and NEET, and approximately 65 lakhs are already downloading the application for practice in online learning to promote online research in times of difficulty of COVID-19.
Over the last five years, the Minister welcome the ministry’s leaders, the National Board of Approval of the Member State of the Ministry and his team at NBA and the INFLIBNET Centre. He also congratulated the organizations which have earned three first positions in various categories and regions.
The framework ranking assesses institutions on five broad generic parameter groups, namely. The students, learners, scholars, experts (RP), graduation (GO), outlooks and inclusivity (OI) and perspective (PR) are all interested in the fields of teaching, education and services. Ranks are allocated based on the overall total number of marks for each of these five wide parameter groups
In addition to the data set, third party data sources have been used where possible for different criteria from applicant institutions. In order to retrieve publications and references, Scopus (Elsevier Science) and Science Network (Clarivate Analytics) were used. Derwent Innovation has been used to gather patent data.
A total of 3,771 single institutions were ranked under “Overall” rankings for India Rankings 2020, category-specific and/or domain-specific rankings. These 3771 specific applicant institutions, comprising 294 Universities, 1071 Engineering Institutions, 630 management institutions, 334 Pharmacy Institutions, 97 Law Institutions, 118 Medical Institutions, 48 Architecture Institutions, and 1659 Graduate Institutions, made total 5805 application for ranking.
This year, the institutional participation in the rankings showed its recognition as a fair and transparent exercise among higher education institutions in India. The number of individual applicants to the Indian Rankings increased from 3127 in 2019 to 3771 in 2020, while the number of ranking applications in the different categories rose from 4873 in 2019 to 5805 by 2020.
For a fact, 200 institutions are ranked in the field of engineering, 100 institutions are ranked in total, 75 respectively in the fields of managing and pharmacy, 40 in the fields of medicine, 20 in the fields of architecture and law, and 30 are ranked first in the field of dental. There are also additional rankings in correct packaged ways. Data were carefully checked, incoherences, inconsistencies, and outliers for ranking institutions screened and defined, requiring a great deal of care, diligence and tactful institutional management.