From the next academic session onwards, the ranking of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) by the National Ranking Framework (NRF) will be done through a different set of parameters. The National Ranking Framework has been introduced by the centre last year to rank the various higher education institutes in the country based on their academic and infrastructural facilities.
Attending the fourth convocation of IISER in Kolkata, the Union HRD minister Smriti Irani said that the contribution in the field of basic sciences by IISER is commendable in this very short span of time. She further said, “These institutes went ahead forging academic collaboration links with renowned institutes abroad and this will allow the student to access facilities abroad while studying at the Indian institutions. For the first time in the history of our country, the government of India has allowed our institutions to tie up with foreign institutions for degree programmes.”
She further stated that in order to Indian institutions to tie up with foreign institutions, they will have to make sure that the students who opt for the courses offered by the institutes, at least get one semester for post graduate degrees and two semesters for undergraduate degrees, in the foreign institute. The students thus will get the necessary exposure in these foreign institutes through this step. The degrees of the students will also have mentions of both the parent and foreign institute, with which the tie-up has taken place.