Universities to compete with IITs, IIMs in rankings

Central and state universities will have to compete with institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology, or IITs, and Indian Institutes of Management, or IIMs, in this year’s official rankings of higher education institutions, which will be released early in April, writes Vikas Pathak for The Hindu.

The National Institutional Ranking Framework, or NIRF, was put in place by the Ministry of Human Resource Development last year, but the first NIRF ranked engineering colleges, business schools and universities in three separate categories.

“This year, we will have a common list of all institutions across disciplines and fields,” said an official who did not wish to be named. Asked whether a common ranking of institutions would not be like comparing what were intrinsically different kinds of institutions – as, for instance, placements from the IIMs were likely to be better than universities offering humanities’ courses – the official said the comparisons would be done in such a way as to account for the differences.
Full report on The Hindu site