Top colleges to compete for national ranking

St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata.Sushanta Patronobish

St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata.Sushanta Patronobish  

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) will become more comprehensive in its third edition in 2018, with top colleges of the country set to compete with one another to make it to the top of the NIRF list.

The NIRF — a comprehensive, official ranking of higher educational institutions, be they universities, engineering colleges or business schools — had brought out its first ranking of colleges in 2017, but many reputed colleges did not take part in it.

Winners of 2017

This time, however, sources say, colleges like St Stephen’s, Hindu, and Kirori Mal College in Delhi are set to take part in it. While 535 colleges competed for the honours in 2017, this time 2,771 colleges are in the fray.

Miranda House of Delhi emerged as India’s top college in 2017. Sri Ram College of Commerce and Lady Sri Ram College in Delhi, and St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, were in the top 10, and St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, figured in the top 40.

This time, the contest is expected to be a keener one, said official sources.

Multiple parameters

Started two years back, the NIRF was an attempt to provide credible official rankings of India’s higher educational institutions on a set of parameters such as teaching, learning and resources; research and professional practice; graduation outcomes; and outreach and inclusivity.

The parameter of perception was also added in the second round of NIRF rankings released in 2017. It also, for the first time, released combined rankings of all higher educational institutions across disciplines.

While the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru topped the list, top IITs, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and Banaras Hindu University figured in the top 10 and IIM, Ahmedabad, Delhi University and Jadavpur University appeared in the top 20 institutions.

In order to ensure that the rankings are truly reflective of the quality of institutions in the next round, the Ministry of Human Resource Development decided to pre-register institutions making use of the data available on the All-India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) portal this time.

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