In line of the HRD Ministry, which recently released the ranking of Indian Institutes and universities dealing with engineering, management and pharmaceuticals, the Agricultural Ministry has decided to declare its exclusive ranking list of 73 agricultural universities. The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), was given the responsibility of developing the evaluation methodology for the ranking.
The NAAS has prepared the ranking framework and the agricultural ministry will soon ask the universities to participate in the ranking process across the country. The universities will be evaluated in terms of technology transfer to farmers, increase in agricultural growth in the area of jurisdiction of the university, quality inputs such as seed, semen and planting materials supplied by the universities and teaching and research impact along with research excellence of the students under the university.
Sanjeeve Kumar Balyan, the minister of state for agriculture, is handling the entire ranking project. The ranking of the universities will be made measuring the quality and performance of the agricultural universities. Balyan has headed a committee which will finalize the details of inviting application form various participant institutes. According to an official in the ministry, “Once the Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh approves it, the ministry will hopefully announce the move next week.”
Opinion of the progressive and award winning farmers identified and awarded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the ministry, will also be considered for the ranking procedure. Retired faculty members of the universities and their alumni will also be free to give their opinion in the survey. According to the official, “The final ranking will be done on the basis of the marks obtained by the participating universities. Idea is to ask all the 73 agricultural universities to participate in it.”
The ministry has come out with the decision of ranking the agricultural universities to help them self-assess themselves and enhance their quality and abilities. In the note of the ministry it said, “Ranking of agricultural universities has been initiated with a larger objective to improve ranking of Indian universities in the world university ranking.” The HRD ministry, last month came with the nationwide ranking of Indian universities and engineering, management and pharmaceutical institutes, which was the first ever government sponsored national educational institutes ranking. This ranking would be an extension to that, keeping the agricultural universities under the radar of ranking as well. This would make it easier for the candidates to choose from, while undergoing their admission procedure in a particular academic session.