Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated on Friday that by the next year, institutional accreditation will be harmonised and that every higher education institution will be a part of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). He continued by saying that soon there would be a system in place which will require all schools in the nation to be accredited.
Asserting that accreditation and assessment shall be mandatory, Mr Pradhan said every higher education institution needs to be accredited and self-declaration and transparency shall be the basis of assessment and accreditation.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship to be included in NIRF rankings 2022
"By next year, we will unify institutional accreditation, which is presently done by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), and the programme accreditation is presently done by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). "Ranking on innovation, done earlier by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), will henceforth be integrated with the NIRF. All institutions will be part of the combined system of assessment, accreditation and rankings. Such a system will be transparent and objective," the minister said.
"From next year, the NIRF ranking categories will also include innovation and entrepreneurship. The number of NIRF ranking categories can be increased according to the needs. Work is already going on on the rankings of the ITIs and polytechnics," he added.
Mr Pradhan was addressing the gathering at the launch of the NIRF for 2022. "Soon, there will be a system under which each school will also be accredited. We will take the state governments on board. Parents will know the standing of the schools where their children are being admitted," he said.
Institutions need to be with NAAC ratings or NIRF rankings for financial assistance
The education minister stated that in order to be included on the list kept by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 12B of the UGC Act, 1956 for getting financial assistance, only those universities and institutions with NAAC ratings or NIRF rankings will be eligible.
"Our accreditation and rankings system will also become international and invite foreign institutions to be a part of it. Several private higher education institutions apply some affirmative action or reservation policy. All private HEIs shall move in that direction to ensure inclusive education and comply with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 principles. The institutions shall become multi-disciplinary. IITs featuring in the top 10 in the management category shows that the market also desires multi-disciplinary education and institutions," Mr Pradhan said.
IIT Madras grabs top spot in NIRF 2022 rankings
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras retained the top spot among all the educational institutes in the country for the fourth consecutive year, whereas the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru was adjudged the best university and research institution, according to the seventh edition of the NIRF launched on Friday. Seven IITs -- IIT-Madras, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Roorkee and IIT-Guwahati -- figured in the top 10 in the overall rankings.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) were ranked ninth and tenth respectively in the overall rankings. In the "universities" category, IISc-Bengaluru bagged the top spot, followed by JNU and Jamia Millia Islamia. The Banaras Hindu University (BHU), which was ranked third last year in the category, slipped to the sixth position this year.