MCOPS tops NIRF rankings, Manipal Academy of Higher Education 6th and MIT 11th among private institutions

April 29, 2016

On April 4, 2016 Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Irani announced the rankings of top 100 universities and institutes at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. While Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal (MCOPS) was ranked the top pharmacy college in the country by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Manipal Academy of Higher Education was sixth among private universities and 32nd overall.

Manipal Institute of Technology was ranked 11th among the private engineering colleges and 39th overall. This was the first-of-its-kind indigenous ranking framework for higher education institutions by the Central Government.

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was approved by the MHRD and launched by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani on September 29, 2015. A core committee was set up by MHRD for the purpose. And, although the ranking frameworks were similar, the exact methodologies are domain specific. Ranking methods were worked out for six categories of institutions i.e., Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Architecture, Universities and Colleges.


The NIRF used five broad parameters to determine the rankings: 1) Teaching, learning and resources (TLR); 2) Research, Consulting and Collaborative Performance (RPC); 3) Graduation Outcomes (GO); 4) Outreach and Inclusivity (OI); and 5) Perception (PR).


Within each parameter, there are a number of other categories on which institutions were graded. They were categorised as; 1) teaching institutions, or, 2) teaching-cum-research institutions, and the weight assigned to each of the five parameters was different.


Also, engineering, management and comprehensive institutions were graded separately since they were dissimilar kinds of institutions. The reason given was that comparisons across them are both unfair and impossible. While the framework for engineering and management institutions has been finalised, the same will be done for other institutions.


The base for the ranking was through a survey done among students, alumni, parents, employees and the public. Learning resources, graduation results and research were the criteria of ratings.