National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). (photo courtesy:

The India Rankings 2017 of higher educational institutions under National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) were released by Ministery of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on Monday. This was the second time that the rankings were released after India Rankings – 2016, which were released in April 2016.

Mr. Prakash Javadekar during the release of India Rankings-2017. (photo courtesy:

The participating institutions were weighed on several parameters. The institutions were assigned points based on their performances in Teaching, Learning and Resources (TLR), Research and Professional Practice (RPC), Graduation Outcomes (GO), Outreach and Inclusivity (OI), Perception and these parameters had a weightage of 30, 30, 20, 10, 10 percentage respectively. Although the institutions were given points, no official rankings were assigned due to non-participation in some domains like architecture, law and medical.

No institution from Architecture, Law and Medical domains were part of the rankings.

Based on the points earned, IIT Madras maintained its status quo as the best engineering college across the country while other IIT Bombay, Kharagpur, Delhi and Kanpur followed immediately. Among the non-IIT institutes, Anna University, Chennai and Jadavpur University, Kolkata topped managing eighth and ninth position respectively in engineering.

IIM Ahmedabad obtained the maximum points among the management institutes across the country. IIM Bangalore, last year’s best management institute, obtained the second highest points.

Indian Institute of Science Bangalore topped among the best institutes and was followed by JNU and BHU. University of Delhi, popularly known as Delhi University, was placed lowly at eighth, TLR and Perception parameters hurting its rankings. Though, Miranda House, University of Delhi topped the list of best college. Shri Ram College of Commerce, famed for its sky high cut-offs and notable alumni base, was placed at third. Jamia Hamdard, college in New Delhi obtained the highest position among Pharmacy colleges.

Minister for HRD Mr. Prakash Javadekar said that the rankings will be used as means of improvement in educational institutions. In his words,“The educational institutions performing well in the annual ranking will be awarded with more funding or grants, enhanced autonomy and freedom of functioning and various other benefits”


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