The top 500 institutes in the country would be ranked by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) from the next month onwards. This would make the ranking of institutes more clear to the students and aspiring students to choose their educational institute with more care. There is a committee that is formed with members from IIT, IIM, IISER, JNU, The English and Foreign Languages University, Andhra Pradesh and CII and FICCI representatives, who would together decide on the criteria for rankings. There would be an eight point ranking matrix based criteria for Engineering and Sciences.
The institutes that are participating in the ranking need to send their data according to each of the categories decided by the committee. The data would then be fed to the website of the ministry. The data thus submitted can be accessed by anybody and if there are any questions regarding any of the fact or information provided by concerned institutes, questions/objections can be raised within the website.
According to a Committee member, “There will be automated validation as well as physical checks. After the success of the pilot run, the ranking may be divided into urban and rural India.” For now the draft of ranking for science has been proposed which includes parameters like teaching-learning, infrastructure, academic and performance. There would be a similar kind of performance matrix for other courses like arts, economics and social sciences, medicine, law, management/business administration, hotel management and mass/visual communication. After the pilot project of ranking institutes, the committee would then serve to 33,000 odd institutes in order to rank them.