NIRF ranks institutions; IISs, IITs, JNU, and BHU figure in the top 10 list
Nearly a month after the standing committee on Human Resource Development chaired by Dr Satyanarayan Jatiya, in its report regarding the ‘issues and challenges before the higher education sector in the country’, stated that the media houses, professional bodies, credit rating agencies and reputed industry associations should promote and entertain the system of rating of the higher educational institutions in order to encourage healthy competition between them, the centre authorities for the first time has ranked the educational institutions of our country.In the rank list released by the National Institutional Ranking Framework, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, have attained first and second positions respectively.The renowned universities like JNU and BHU have figured in the top ten list released by the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, while none of the IIMs have found places in the top ten list. The minister, after publicising the list, has announced that his government would give more grands to the institutions which have appeared in the top positions. Earlier, the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development, after studying the functions and activities of the educational institutions in Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Patiala, Chennai, Udaipur, Bhopal, Indore and Vishakhapatnam, identified numerous challenges faced by the educational institutions. In their recommendations, it pointed out the disparity in the fund distribution of the University Grand Commission by citing that nearly 65% funds were utilised by the central universities whereas only 35% were given to the state universities. It also emphasized the importance of maintaining the accreditation agencies.
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