HRD Ministry's ambitious project –National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)–has garnered cold response from higher educational institutions this year with around 800 less participants than last year.
NIRF, a methodology adopted by the ministry to rank all institutions of higher education in the country, was launched in September 2015 with the first edition of the rankings being announced in 2016.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar will announce result of the second edition of the rankings tomorrow.
According to a source, 2,735 institutions have participated in this year's ranking as against last year's 3,563 participants.
However, there are over 800 new participants under the new category introduced from this year onwards, which includes institutions of medical and law.
The NIRF outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. The methodology draws from the overall recommendations and broad understanding arrived at by a Core Committee set up by MHRD, to identify the broad parameters for ranking various universities and institutions.
The parameters broadly cover "Teaching, Learning and Resources", "Research and Professional Practices", "Graduation Outcomes", "Outreach and Inclusivity" and "Perception".