Union Ministry for Human Resource Development gave green signal to the proposal of developing an India’s own ranking system which would rank the Indian higher education institutions through right parameters and would portray the proper metrics of their importance, accordingly.
The move took shape after noticing that India’s higher education institutions in past years have failed to make the cut on international ranking lists.
This proposal submitted in the report of the Ranking Committee to the government on 16 January at the retreat of the Indian Institute of Technology directors was highly doubtful. However, after getting approval from ministry, currently it is before the IIT Council to provide the outlines to the proposal.
The proposal mentioned about creating an India-generated ranking system that will ensure that the main institutions spread across the nation are appropriately ranked and placed in proper perspective, by considering through Indian parameters and demographics.
One model that is being considered is China’s, which for the past decade has been coming out with the Academic Ranking of World Universities. This is conducted by China’s Ranking model - Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, an independent organisation on higher education information which is not legally subordinated to any university or government agency is being considered by India as this ranking model is also effectively coming out with the Academic ranking of world universities.
Only after the consideration of IIT Council on how to shape the proposal can bring a clearer picture for the structuring of Indian ranking agency.
Sources from Ministry officials told that the Indian Ranking system will be beyond IIT institution and would include more Universities and Institutions from each state.
In the long run, the plan might shape the ranking model into an independent ranking agency that may change the discourse in the world education market just as the Chinese ranking is doing.