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  • HRD Minister to announce best institutes, universities, and colleges as well as sub-categories of medical, engineering, architecture, law, management and pharma to get top 100 institutes across the country.
  • Despite their poor performance in the international rankings, IITs have emerged as the top institutes in India’s NIRF rankings announced today. The top-ranking institute in India is IIT-Madras followed by IISc Bangalore and at third rank is IIT-Delhi


  • This year, a total of 5,805 applications have come in for participation in the process of the rankings.
  • Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank released the latest rankings over a live broadcast on social media. He said that all the 1,000 plus universities and 45,000 plus colleges across India must be encouraged to take part in the rankings.


  • Initiated by MHRD, the framework uses several parameters for its ranking like Teaching, Learning, and Resources (TLR), Research and Professional Practices (RP), Graduation Outcomes (GO), Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) and Perception (PR). Institutions across the country are divided in nine different categories.
  • Going forward, the top-ranked NIRF institutions may also get additional benefits like starting online courses without the need for any prior permissions.


  • These rankings were launched in September 2015 and till now the list has been published in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. These rankings are expected to act as a guide to students looking for higher educational institutions in India.



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