Indore: Institutions are allegedly manipulating their rank in Rankings for Higher Education Institutions-2017 survey awarded by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) to fraudulently gain extra mileage and woo students. Taking serious note of the malpractice, NIRF has asked all the participating institutions to give a written undertaking, promising not to spin the rankings awarded to them in their advertisements and declaring, that they are aware of strict disciplinary action to be taken by the NIRF in case of non-compliance.

“Under the survey, all India rankings were granted to institutions of higher learning for categories like ‘Overall’, ‘Management’, ‘Engineering’ and ‘Pharmacy’. But, some institutions are sub-categorising the rankings illegally,” said nodal officer of NIRF at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Prof Pratosh Bansal.

“Institutions are manipulating national ranking and categorising them at state, region and in some cases even city level to place themselves above their competitors. They give advertisements displaying higher ranks in categories fixed completely by their own,” he added.

Bansal said that the issue was brought to the notice of NIRF some months ago and on July 27 it had sent an advisory to institutions directing them not to manipulate rankings.

According to sources, NIRF had asked the institutions to mention exact rank and category in all of their communications and also, not to further bifurcate ranks according to state or district on their own. NIRF on its part had also clarified that categories such as ‘private institutions’, ‘government institutions’, ‘self-financing’ and ‘not-for-profit institutions’ do not exist in their survey.

“Do no create additional categories or disciplines, and rank your institutions in self-made categories,” the ranking body had said, adding that institutions should highlight or display only the rank band. However, in utter disregard to the advisory, the higher education institutions have been still continuing with their practice of tampering rankings to outsmart their rival institutes and thus, gain extra confidence of prospective students.

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