UGC has recently taken a controversial decision under which it has decided to rank all the educational institutes across the country including the private colleges and universities. The decision of the UGC has created furor among the other regulatory bodies such as AICTE (for technical and engineering colleges), MCI (Medical) , NATA (Architecture) and its own statutory authority. It will be the first time when UGC has decided to rank educational institutes in the country.
UGC has asked all the universities and institutes to participate in the ranking exercise by registering them on National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF) website. The framework has been initiated by UGC off late, under whom the rankings will get announced on April, 2016.
The move has created trouble for the educationists in Karnataka as few months ago the Karnataka State Higher Education Council has decided to come with their own ranking and rate the universities. The UGC while clearing its stand over NIRF gave a directive to the universities and said, “The best learning experience in the ideal environment is the ultimate objective of every institution. This objective becomes more highlighted when institutions are constantly adjudged on the basis of excellence in teaching and learning, excellence in research and innovations and excellence in engagement. Institutions are also expected to provide inspiring learning and living environment on their campuses. These are some parameters which are looked into by students and parents while making an informed choice of pursuing a program in any institution of higher learning.”
Under the NIRF various patterns and points have been set to rank the universities in the country. Talking against the requirement of NIRF in India, R Chandrashekara, the secretary of Forum of Former Vice Chancellors of Karnataka State Universities said that , ranking institutions in national level is difficult and since NAAC already grades the universities, it is off no use to put another NIRF.