The Ministry of Human Resource Development proposed setting up a specialised body- India Rankings Society. The specialised body will help to rank Indian education institutions and can work on the areas where they are lagging. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved the same on 21st August 2019.
Sources state that the new specialised body, Indian Rankings Society, has been designed to focus mainly on ranking the Indian educational institutions. They added that the idea behind bringing up such a specialised body is to help the educational institutions in India to figure out the different areas that they lack.
The Human Resource Development Ministry had launched the National Institute Ranking Framework in the year 2015. This had been done to focus on introducing an authentic mechanism for ranking educational institutions. However, a specialised body needed to be introduced. This lack had been taken care of with the introduction of the National Board of Accreditation (NBA).
An official from the Ministry gave out a statement, stating that the National Board of Accreditation had been able to put forward an exemplary work, although the NBA already had the defined duty of accreditation. He further added that the introduction of the new ranking society will help in facilitating the process of weeding out the areas in which certain institutions lagged behind.
Sources have stated that the primary idea behind setting up a new body for ranking institutions was to bring forward a new body to rank Universities and colleges for medical, engineering, law, pharmacy as well as management programmes.
The current government in Parliament has been extensively focused on improving the ranking of the Indian Educational Institutions among the global universities and institutes. Previously, the Modi Government had been able to launch an Institutions of Eminence programme that primarily focused on bringing in more educational institutions of India in the list of Global Rankings.
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Anil Sahasrabudhe, the chairman of AICTE announced that AICTE has approved of the establishment of the new ranking body. An MHRD official also announced that the plans are to follow the IIM model in terms of the establishment of the Indian Rankings Society.
The different departments of the Government of India, have been on the drive to improve the quality of education as well as the education institutions of India, to fulfil the primary purpose of reaching the top of Global Rankings for educational institutions. With the establishment of the new body, the government will also be able to provide more job opportunities as well as reduce the burden of assessing and analysing the thousands of educational institutions in India.