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IISc ranked India’s top university in 2017 NIRF Survey

The Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bengaluru was adjudged as the best Indian university in the 2017 National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released by Union Human Resource Development Ministry.

This year it is second edition NIRF survey and was released as part of the India Rankings 2017 for the Educational Institutions.

What is NIRF Survey?

NIRF survey is first of its kind of indigenous ranking framework for higher education institutions in the country. It outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country based on the parameters broadly covering Teaching, Learning and Resources, Research and Professional practices, Graduation Outcomes, Outreach and inclusivity and Perception. It covers six categories of institutions including universities, engineering, management, pharmacy, architecture and colleges.

Background

In the second edition of India Rankings, a total of 2995 institutions had participated. It included 232 Universities, 1024 Engineering Institutions, 546 Management Institutions, 318 Pharmacy Institutions and 637 General Degree Colleges, and others. Many of these had participated in multiple disciplines, adding to a total of 3319 participants across disciplines.

List of top 5 India Rankings 2017

Overall
  • Indian Institute of Science, Banglore.
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
Engineering
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Tchnology, New Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Management
  • Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • Indian Institute of Management, Banglore
  • Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
  • Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
  • Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode
University
  • Indian Institute of Science, Banglore
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Banglore
  • Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal
Colleges
  • Miranda House, Delhi
  • Loyola College, District Chennai
  • Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi
  • Bishop Heber College, District Tiruchirapalli
  • Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College,New Delhi
Pharmacy
  • Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali, S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali), Punjab
  • University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Hyderabad

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Union Cabinet approves amendment to RTE Act, 2009

The Union Cabinet has approved the amendment to Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

The amendment seeks to ensure all teachers, in position as on March 2015, acquire minimum qualifications prescribed by academic authority to extend period for such training for 4 years up to March 2019. 

Background

The RTE Act, 2009 envisages free and compulsory elementary education to every child in the age group of 6-14 years. The section 23(2) of the Act specifies that all teachers at elementary level at commencement of this law if did not possess minimum qualifications under it need to acquire these within a period of five years i.e. by March 2015. However, several state governments have reported that 11.00 lakh teachers at the elementary level are still untrained out of a total number of 66.41 lakh teachers. Thus, to ensure that all teachers acquire the minimum qualifications prescribed by the academic authority, it is deemed necessary to carry out appropriate amendment in the RTE Act, 2009 to extend period for such training for four years up to March 2019.

Benefits of Amendments
  • It will enable the in-service untrained elementary teachers to complete their training and ensure that all teachers at the elementary level have a certain minimum standard of qualifications.
  • It will ensure that all teachers attain minimum qualifications as considered necessary to maintain the standard of teaching quality.
  • It will ultimately result in improvement in overall quality of teachers, teaching processes and learning outcomes of children.
  • It will reinforce the Government’s emphasis on improvement of quality of elementary education.

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