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Watch out Outlook + India Today: Government to create law schools rankings

The ever popular mine is better competition: Soon with government stamps of approval
The ever popular mine is better competition: Soon with government stamps of approval

The HRD ministry is going to announce a framework for ranking higher institutions in India in September 2015, reported the Economic Times.

The Government will cover all institutes offering courses on engineering, law, management and humanities and is expected to publish the first Indian academic ranking list by January-February 2016.

Though Indian institutions have consistently ranked lowly in global rankings, the ministry has reportedly been consulting with Quacquarelli Symonds rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings for some time to look at methods of improving India’s rankings as well as developing its own ranking methods.

The HRD ministry had asked a committee to help it formulate the rankings which consist National Board of Accreditation Chairman (NBA) Surendra Prasad, IIT-Kharagapur Director PP Chakraborty, IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi, besides the higher education secretary and HRD ministry officials.

“This is a scientifically designed ranking framework based on objective and authentic parameters,” a committee member told ET on the condition of anonymity. NBA chairman Prasad said the HRD ministry would now have to make a decision.

The Indian ranking framework would include parameters like teaching-learning; research; collaborative practice and professional performance; graduate outcomes; placements; outreach and inclusive action and peer group perception. Each of these has been further subdivided into nearly 20 sub criteria to comprehensively assess an institute.

Outreach and inclusive action would be important criteria as the government would focus on steps taken to include students from disadvantaged section of society and geographical distribution to which students belong.

A web based portal would allow any institute to furnish its information which would be further checked by the inspection.

In the legal field, magazines such as Outlook and India Today have long attracted criticism from the legal community for its more bizarre rankings, leading to boycotts by several national law schools of the rankings.

Hat-tip to an anonymous reader for pointing us to this story.

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