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Ministry of Education (MoE) Launches 6th Edition of NIRF

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NIRF Ranking 2021

NIRF Ranking 2021: The sixth edition of the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) was recently launched by the Ministry of Education (MoE).


  • IIT-Madras, IISc-Bangalore, and IIT-Bombay have emerged as the country’s top three higher education institutions.
  • Under the best college category, Miranda House has again topped the list this year.
  • In the university category, IISc Bengaluru was the best-ranked varsity.

About NIRF:

  • NIRF is the first-ever effort by the government to rank higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country.
  • It is one of the criteria for private institutions assessment for the Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme.

Note: IoE Scheme is a government’s scheme to provide the regulatory architecture for setting up or upgrading of 20 Institutions (10 from the public sector and 10 from the private sector) as world-class teaching and research institutions.

  • It was launched on 29th September 2015
  • Initially, the participation in NIRF was in the NIRF was voluntary but it was made compulsory for all government-run educational institutions in 2018.
  • This year, about 6,000 institutions participated in NIRF which is about twice the number in 2016.


  • The main objective of NIRF is to encourage institutes to compete against each other and simultaneously work towards their growth.
  • In addition, these rankings also attract foreign students, providing a solid base for the ‘Study in India’ programme for the growth of higher education in India.

How are they ranked?

In order to be ranked, all education institutions are assessed on the following five parameters:

  1. Teaching
  2. Learning and resources
  3. Research and professional practices
  4. Graduation outcomes
  5. Outreach and inclusivity
  6. Perception

NIRF lists out best institutions across the following 11 categories:

  1. Overall national ranking,
  2. Universities
  3. Engineering
  4. Architecture
  5. Dental 
  6. Research
  7. College
  8. Medical
  9. Management
  10. Pharmacy
  11. Law

About MoE:

  • Ministry of Education (MoE) was formerly known as the Ministry of Human Resource Development (1985–2020).
  • The ministry is responsible for the implementation and formulation of the National Policy on Education (NEP) approved by the Union Cabinet of India and to ensure that it is implemented in letter and spirit.
  • The Ministry is further divided into two departments.
  • They are,
  • The Department of School Education and Literacy.
  • It deals with primary, secondary and higher secondary education, adult education, and literacy.
  • The Department of Higher Education,
  • It deals with a university education, technical education, scholarship, etc.
  • The current Union Education Minister is Dharmendra Pradhan.

Note: India has had the Ministry of Education since 1947.

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