IIT Kharagpur Secures 6th Rank in NIRF Ranking 2022
By PIB Kolkata
Kolkata, July 19. 7. 22
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is the ultimate evaluator of the higher education system of India adopted by the Union Ministry of Education to rank the institutions of higher education. It came into being in November 2015. The Union Minister of Education Shri Dharmendra Pradhan released the NIRF Ranking 2022 of top performing colleges in India on July 15, 2022.According to that ranking Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has secured an overall sixth rank.
The institute ranked fifth in Engineering, sixth in Law and 12th in the Management discipline. IIT Kharagpur is placed fifth as a Research Institution. The Architecture department of the Institute ranked third among all its native peers in the country. The top engineering college rankings are mostly dominated by the IITs in the country.
Shri Pradhan while announcing the ranking stated robust and unified system for assessment, accreditation and ranking will play a major role in enhancing the quality of higher education. The minister added that going forward the NIRF accreditation system will expand to include every single school in India. This accreditation procedure will be mandatory. He also asserted that self declaration and transparency will be the basis of this particular assessment and accreditation. The Minister remarked in this regard “By next year, we will unify institutional accreditation, which is presently done by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the programme accreditation which is presently done by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA).”
While the NIRF is of recent origin, its importance can be determined by the fact that only universities and colleges with NAAC grading or NIRF ranking are eligible for inclusion in the University Grants Commission list for receiving financial assistance. The Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), the group of prestigious engineering institutes across India, continued to dominate the top 25 ranks in the Engineering category. For the third consecutive year, 14 out of the top 25 engineering institutions belonged to the IIT ecosystem. Moreover, seven of the first 10 places were held by the IITs.
NIRF Rankings are released annually by the Ministry of Education, Government of India assessing the quality and performance of higher educational institutions in India. The overall ranking is prepared based on the parameters such as Teaching, Learning, Resource Quality, Research, Professional Practice, Graduation Outcomes, Outreach, Inclusivity and Peer Perception. There has been a rise in total institutions applying for the NIRF rankings since 2016. As per the government, 4,786 institutions applied for rankings under the overall category-specific and domain-specific rankings this year. The number of institutions applying for rankings has increased by over 97 per cent – from 2,426 in 2016 to 4,786 in 2022.
It is to be mentioned in this regard that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 which outlines the vision of the new education system of India with a comprehensive framework for elementary education to higher education as well as vocational training in both rural and urban India, aims to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education including vocational education from 26.3% in 2018 to 50% by 2035.