The government may make it mandatory for all higher institutes to join the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). The move comes after the number of institutes participating in the rating dropped to 2,995 in 2017, from 3563 in 2016.

Apart from looking at making it mandatory, the HRD ministryis looking at relaxing criteria for rankings. ET has learnt that the ministry is in talks with authorities like the University Grants Commission (UGC) while looking into the same

According to ministry figures, India has 39,000 colleges, 11,000 standalone institutions and over 760 universities that together constitute nearly 51,000 institutions.


The second edition of NIRF saw participation of only 6% institutes. Some of the reasons cited by the ministry for non-participation were lack of awareness, non-elgibility as per the criteria or a simple lack of documentation.


NIRF's ranking method is based on five broad parameters — teaching, learning and resources; research and professional practice; graduation outcome; outreach and inclusivity and perception. The maximum score a university can get is 100. Sources said that while the basic parameters will remain the same, the ministry is looking at tweaking the subheads and questions meant to be answered under those parameters to encourage institutes to come forward.

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