Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, addressing the gathering at the launch of the NIRF for 2022, said that every higher education institution will be part of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) by 2023. He said that there will soon be a system under which every school in the country will also be accredited.
Claiming that accreditation and assessment shall be mandatory, Mr Pradhan said every higher education institution needs to be accredited and self-declaration and transparency shall be the basis of assessment and accreditation.
"By next year, we will unify institutional accreditation, which is presently done by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), and the programme accreditation is presently done by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). "Ranking on innovation, done earlier by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), will henceforth be integrated with the NIRF. All institutions will be part of the combined system of assessment, accreditation and rankings. Such a system will be transparent and objective," the minister said.
"From next year, the NIRF ranking categories will also include innovation and entrepreneurship. The number of NIRF ranking categories can be increased according to the needs. Work is already going on on the rankings of the ITIs and polytechnics," he added.
Mr Pradhan was addressing the gathering at the launch of the NIRF for 2022. "Soon, there will be a system under which each school will also be accredited. We will take the state governments on board. Parents will know the standing of the schools where their children are being admitted," he said.
The education minister informed that only those universities and colleges that have NAAC grading or NIRF ranking will be eligible for inclusion in the list maintained by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 12B of the UGC Act, 1956 for receiving financial assistance.
"Our accreditation and rankings system will also become international and invite foreign institutions to be a part of it. Several private higher education institutions apply some affirmative action or reservation policy. All private HEIs shall move in that direction to ensure inclusive education and comply with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 principles. The institutions shall become multi-disciplinary.
"IITs featuring in the top 10 in the management category shows that the market also desires multi-disciplinary education and institutions," Mr Pradhan said.