What is National Institutional Ranking Framework? Ranking & Accreditation System (Important) (Download PDF)


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Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) on 29th Sept. , 2015 to rank institutions across country. National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) does institutional assessment & accreditation.

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  • Parameters for ranking cover “Teaching, Learning & Resources, ” “Research & Professional Practices, ” “Graduation Outcomes, ” “Outreach & Inclusivity, ” & “Perception”.
  • National Board of Accreditation (NBA) does programmatic accreditation of technical programmes & courses.
  • 1st edition, India Rankings 2016 were announced on 4th April 2016.
  • India Rankings 2016 & 2017 are released. They are available at https://www.nirfindia.org/Home.
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Toppers of India Rankings 2017 (NIRF 2017):

Table contain shows the Toppers of India Rankings 2017 (NIRF 2017)

Table contain shows the Toppers of India Rankings 2017 (NIRF 2017)




Indian Institute of Science Bangalore


Indian Institute of Technology Madras


Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad


Indian Institute of Science Bangalore


Miranda House (Delhi)


Jamia Hamdard (Delhi)

  • 800 new private & public institutions participated in this year’s survey.

  • Overall category are added from this year.

  • Other domains like architecture, law, medicine included this year.

  • India Rankings, 2018 is set to be released in 1st week of April 2018.

  • University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued Mandatory Assessment & Accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions, Regulations, 2012.

  • AICTE has made mandatory to have NBA Accreditation for institutions seeking new courses/expansion of existing courses to rationalize expansion of courses in engineering/technical, management etc. & to bring quality in technical education.

  • Ranking promotes competition among Universities & drive them to strive for excellence.

  • Govt. has started scheme called ‘Institutions of Eminence’ in which 20 institutions both public & private, would be selected on challenge method & they would be actively supported to come up in the global rankings.

  • To promote Research & Development in Higher Education, ‘Research & Professional Practices’ is given highest weightage of 40%, for ranking Universities.

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)

MHRD was created on Sep. 1985.

MHRD works thru 2 departments:

  • Department of School Education & Literacy

  • Department of Higher Education

Objectives of Ministry:

  • Formulating National Policy on Education & to ensure that it is implemented in letter and spirit

  • Paying special attention to disadvantaged groups like the poor, females & minorities

  • Provide financial help in form of scholarships, loan subsidy, etc to deserving students from deprived sections of society.

National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC):

  • NAAC is autonomous body established by UGC to assess & accredit institutions of higher education in the country.

  • NAAC was established in 1994.

  • Its headquarters at Bangalore.

  • Its vision is to make quality defining element of higher education in India thru combination of self & external quality evaluation, promotion & sustenance initiatives.

National Board of Accreditation (NBA):

  • NBA was established by AICTE. (All India Council of Technical Education).

  • NBA came into existence from 7th January 2010.

  • Objective is Assurance of Quality & Relevance of Education, especially of programs in professional & technical disciplines thru mechanism of accreditation of programs offered by technical institutions.

Institute of Eminence:

  • Scheme of Institutions of Eminence was rolled out by UGC.

  • Aims to help 20 higher education (10 public and 10 private) institutions from country break into top 500 global rankings in 10 years.

  • Target for Institutions of Eminence will be to break into top 100 bracket in one internationally reputed ranking framework in 10 years.

  • Only higher education institutions, currently placed in top 500 of global rankings or top 50 of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), are eligible to apply for eminence tag.

  • Private Institutions of Eminence can come up as greenfield ventures provided sponsoring organisation submits convincing perspective plan for 15 years.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 12, 2018


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