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Law school rankings: NIRF is dead, long live the Indian Ranking Society?

The Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry has told parliament that in August it had approved setting up an independent body dubbed India Rankings Society (IRS), which would “develop and evolve methodologies and system for ranking of higher educational institutions and based on such methodologies , rank and rate them under various categories, domain and sub-domain”, according to a report by ANI.

It’s not entirely clear, but it looks like this body would supplant / usurp the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), which has begun doing a fairly transparent (if not perfect) ranking of (some) law schools for two years now.

Acknowledging NIRF’s role, which is part of the HRD, the ministry said in its parliamentary response:

Presently, National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is being used for ranking of institutes on five broad generic groups of paramters namely -- teaching, learning and resources; research and professional practise; graduation outcomes; Outreach and Inclusivity; perception.

In any case, the next NIRF rankings are likely to be released in April of next year, since that process is presumably mid-swing and not yet ready for handover to a fledgling IRS.

Then again, it’s possible NIRF will just rebrand and move lock-stock-and-barrel under the new IRS umbrella...

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