What is National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)?« Back to Questions List

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is a procedure being adopted in India for ranking of institutions of higher education. This framework uses many parameters for ranking purposes. The process is approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. Ranking process was launched on 29th September 2015. 

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Initially, the ranking was carried out depending on the area of operation. Separate rankings were done for universities and colleges, management, medical, law and architecture institutions, engineering colleges etc. Now, a common overall ranking is given irrespective of the operation along with a discipline specific rank. An institution will be considered for common ranking if it satisfies any of two conditions:
a.    The institution has at least 1000 enrolled students
b.    The institution is a centrally funded institution or university. 

The parameters for both rankings are similar, but weightages are different. The major parameters considered for ranking include resources, research, graduation outcome, outreach, teaching and perception of stakeholders. The major parameters have sub- parameters too. 

The ranking of institution is voluntary. Those institutions that are desirous of ranking shall upload the relevant data in the format given in NIRF portal. NIRF carries out random verification of data to ensure accuracy of submitted data. It is mandatory for participating institutions to keep the data in their publically visible website for three years to ensure transparency. 

The first five positions in the NIRF Ranking 2017 were occupied by 
1.    Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
2.    Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
3.    Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
4.    Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and
5.    Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru University was ranked at 6th position while Banaras Hindu University occupied 10th position. 

With an overall rank of 17, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad topped among management institutions. Miranada House College, Delhi ranked first among colleges. Jamia Hamdard occupied the top position among pharmaceutical institutions. Due to lack of participation, no rank was announced for the categories architecture, medical and law. 

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