Af­ter Rank­ing Row, HRD Vows Course Cor­rec­tion

Plan­ning panel to look into all is­sues, in­clud­ing data au­then­tic­ity and val­i­da­tion for rank­ings

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Days af­ter the hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment (HRD) min­istry re­leased the first Na­tional In­sti­tu­tional Rank­ing Frame­work (NIRF), ques­tions are be­ing raised over the method­ol­ogy used for data val­i­da­tion and higher ranks se­cured by some in­sti­tutes. The min­istry is now plan­ning to set up a panel to look into all th­ese is­sues, with the pri­mary fo­cus on data au­then­tic­ity and val­i­da­tion for rank­ings, re­li­able sources told ET.

While some in­sti­tutes and ex­perts are ques­tion­ing the au­then­tic­ity of the rank­ings, the In­dian In­sti­tute of Engi­neer­ing, Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy (IIEST) has of­fi­cially taken up the is­sue with Sm­riti Irani-led min­istry. It has ex­pressed “shock” at be­ing ranked 83 and pointed out “glitches” in re­search-re­lated data val­i­da­tion.

Still oth­ers ques­tioned how not a sin­gle NITwasa­mong­th­etop 10 engi­neer­ing rank­ings, with even the new­est of IITs like Ropar and Patna scor­ing higher than the well-known NITs at Su­rathkal, TrichyandWaran­gal.Pri­vate­in­sti­tutes have pointed out that govern­ment-run in­sti­tu­tions have bagged all top slots.

The panel is likely to look at ways to en­sure NIRF 2017 is more ro­bust. Higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary is likely to head the com­mit­tee. “There is a pro­pos­altose­tu­pa­com­mit­teefol­low­ingthe 2016 rank­ings. Many in­sti­tutes have writ­ten to us with dif­fer­ing views and opinions and we will see what can be use­ful for the next rank­ings. Data val­i­da­tion was a big chal­lenge for gen­eral col­leges and we hope to ad­dress this,” said Suren­dra Prasad, Na­tional Board of Ac­cred­i­ta­tion chair­man and mem­ber of the core com­mit­tee on NIRF.

An IIEST clar­i­fi­ca­tion said: “It has been found that on re­search and publi- cation­pa­ram­e­terIIESTShibpurscored abysmally low, which is , in no way, a re­flec­tion of the ac­tual sce­nario. Out of 100,IIESTs­core­donly22.20com­paredto 80.30 by NIT Trichy and 74.72 by Vel­lore In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.” “I un­der­stand co­or­di­na­tion and data is­sues have led to this, but it has de­mor­alised fac­ulty and stu­dents. I have taken it up with the min­istry; they have been very sup­port­ive. It ap­pears NIC failed to en­ter the name of our in­sti­tute prop­erly and so we ended up scor­ing zero on publi­ca­tions, though we have record publi­ca­tions to our credit. We ended up get­ting only a 24-hour win­dow to up­load our data,” IIEST di­rec­tor AK Ray told ET.

Still oth­ers ques­tioned how not a sin­gle NIT was among top 10 engi­neer­ing rank­ings

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