Centre plans to link varsity autonomy to performance-GS-2

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is considering linking the autonomy of higher education institutions to their performance as measured by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).

  • The NIRF is a comprehensive ranking system for universities developed by the Ministry.
  • The first NIRF rankings were released earlier this year.

Three categories

  • Universities will be divided into three categories i.e. A, B and C — on the basis of their NIRF rankings.
  • “The first will be most autonomous while the last will require more regulation.”
  • The A category will comprise institutions with high NIRF rank and these will be highest on the autonomy scale,
  • The B category will comprise middle-ranking institutions with part autonomy but also government regulation, and Category C will mean institutions with low ranking that will require greater regulation and hand-holding for improvement.
  • Greater autonomy could imply a number of things, including the complete freedom to have their own syllabi and curricula.

Next round in April

  • As per the 2016 rankings, IIT Madras topped among engineering colleges, followed by IITs at Mumbai, Kharagpur, Delhi, Kanpur and Roorkee. IIT Madras had a score of 89.41.
  • Among universities, the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, topped, followed by the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, Hyderabad University and Tezpur University.
  • Among management schools, IIM Bengaluru was ranked first with a score of 93.04, followed by the IIMs at Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Udaipur and Kozhikode.

Source: The Hindu

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