• The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has been approved by the MHRD and launched by Honorable Minister of Human Resource Development on 29th September, 2015. This framework outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. The methodology draws from the overall recommendations and broad understanding arrived at by a Core Committee set up by MHRD, to identify the broad parameters for ranking various universities and institutions. The parameters broadly cover "Teaching, Learning and Resources", "Research and Professional Practices", "Graduation Outcomes", "Outreach and Inclusivity" and "Perception".
    NIRF has been given the responsibility of ranking institutions that have applied and submitted their data. The ranking of the Institutions will be done based on the parameters proposed by NIRF for different disciplines. The detailed parameters and calculations are available on the NIRF portal at www.nirfindia.org.
    This year, NIRF was a voluntary exercise.
    To understand the basis on which Ranking has been, please see the Ranking Framework documents that are available on the NIRF portal (www.nirfindia.org)
    As decided by the Ministry of HRD, Ranking of institutions of Higher Education will be an annual exercise. Ranks will be declared on the 1st Monday of April every year. This year, the 1st Monday falls on 4th April, 2016.
    Indian Rankings was a voluntary exercise this year. Only institutions that registered for it and later supplied the required data have been ranked this year.
    An institution can apply for the next cycle of Ranking. Public announcements will be made when registrations are opened for the next cycle, that is, for India Ranking 2017.
    There are two categories of institutions for most disciplines: These are institutions primarily engaged in teaching (Category B) and institutes engaged in both research and teaching (Category A).
    To elaborate, Category A would comprise of Institutions of National Importance set up by an Act of Parliament, State Universities, Deemed-to-be-Universities, Private Universities and other autonomous colleges. Category B institutions, on the other hand, are affiliated to a University and do not enjoy full academic autonomy. An autonomous college, however, which is engaged primarily in teaching, may also opt for being ranked in Category B. Please select the category you belong to, and register accordingly.
    Unfortunately, data from the Category B institutions in all domains continues to exhibit major inconsistencies despite our best efforts to remove them. It was decided, therefore, that it would be inappropriate to announce rankings based on this data. No rankings are therefore being announced for Category B institutions this year. We thank all those who participated enthusiastically in this effort, and hope to incorporate the lessons learnt while soliciting inputs for India Rankings 2017. We regret the disappointment it may cause to many institutions.
    The institutions are ranked in 4 broad disciplines i.e. Engineering, Management, Pharmacy and Architecture. Other than these 4 disciplines, universities and general degree colleges are ranked separately.
    This year was the first year for India Rankings. It was decided not to charge any fee from institutions. This decision may change in the future. If there is a change, it will be notified well in advance on the NIRF Portal.
    Rankings are based on the Information and Data Provided by the Institutions. Data for Publications and Citations have been taken from Standard Indexing Resources, viz., Scopus, Web of Science and the Indian Citation Index. Perception data has been compiled from inputs from general public and peers.
    NIRF has done limited authentication of the data. However, the responsibility for the accuracy and authenticity of the data lies with the concerned institution supplying it. The data for each ranked institution is available on the NIRF portal.
    It was seen that institutions applying in multiple domains was leading to a situation that was creating confusion. Therefore, it was decided that institutions would be considered for ranking only under one domain. For this, institutions that had applied in 2 or more domains were communicated with and asked to choose one domain in which they wanted to be ranked. In some cases where it was clear which domain the institution would fall in (for example IITs in Engineering) a decision was taken and communicated to them.
    NIRF has not authorized any company or individual, whether private or public to work with any institution for data submission. All institutions are expected to collect and submit their data on their own. This activity cannot be done by any agent on behalf of the institution.
    There can be various reasons why an institution’s name is not shown in the Ranking list. These include (amongst other reasons):
    • An institute has registered but not submitted the data asked for;
    • An institute has submitted incomplete data,;
    • An institute has registered but is found to be in a discipline that is not being ranked this year;
    • The data submitted by an institute is found to have too many inconsistencies or anomalies on verification from other sources;
    The institutions are ranked in broad disciplines. You can get the ranking only for these disciplines and not for a subject.
    Ranking for each institution is calculated on all parameters. However, you can also view the ranking of the institutions based on a single parameter among the 5 parameters "Teaching, Learning and Resources", "Research and Professional Practices", "Graduation Outcomes", "Outreach and Inclusivity" and "Perception".
    Both academics (peers) and the public were invited to provide their opinion about institutions. Peers were sent invitations to participate in the process and national advertisements were released requesting members of the public to provide their opinion. In both cases, perceptions about institutions could be given for different disciplines at a national level (the country as a whole) as well as at a regional level (institutions within a region). These have been taken into account for Ranking, based on calculations provided in the Framework documents.
    A certain number of top-ranked institutions will get a certificate from NIRF. The other institutions that have been ranked will be mentioned on the NIRF web-site.
    NIRF does the ranking of Higher Education institutions only.
    Publications provided by individual institutions could not be considered because of incomplete, wrong and misleading bibliographic information supplied by several individual institutions. In any case, it was decided to follow the best international practices and get publications and citations data from renowned indices, namely Web of Science (Thomson Reuters), Scopus (Elsevier Science) and Indian Citation Index.
    Google Scholar could not be used as source for publications and citations, since it does not support searching of publications by names of institutions. Indian Citation Index was used as source of publications and citations in place of Google Scholar.
    At the time of registration with NIRF, you must have received a log-in ID and password. After 8th April, you can login using the same ID and password and you will be able to access your overall score, the parameter-wise score and the PDF file of the data that you had submitted.