NIRF stands for the National Institutional Ranking Framework, a system developed by the Government of India to rank Higher Education Institutions in the country based on certain criteria designed by MoE. The NIRF rankings were introduced in 2015 by the Ministry of Education (formerly known as the Ministry of Human Resource Development) to assess Indian Universities and Colleges based on various parameters.
The NIRF rankings evaluate institutions across several categories, including:
1. Teaching, Learning, and Resources (TLR): This category considers factors such as Student-Faculty Ratio, Faculty Qualifications, and the availability of Infrastructure and Resources for Teaching and Learning.
2. Research and Professional Practice (RP): It assesses Research Output, Publications, Patents, and Collaborations with Industry and other Organizations.
3. Graduation Outcomes (GO): This category looks at metrics like Placement and Employability of Graduates, the Percentage of Students who complete their programs on time, and their overall performance in Examinations.
4. Outreach and Inclusivity (OI): NIRF evaluates an institution’s efforts to promote Diversity and Inclusivity, including measures to support Socially and Economically disadvantaged students and communities.
5. Peer Perception: This component takes into account the Perception of an Institution among Academic peers, Employers, and the General Public.
Each institution is ranked based on its performance in these categories, and the rankings are published annually. NIRF rankings are widely used by students, parents, and educational institutions as a reference to assess the quality and reputation of Indian Colleges and Universities. They serve as a valuable tool for decision-making when it comes to choosing a Higher Education Institution in India.