NIRF Rankings Current Affairs - 2020

NIPER institutes at the NIRF rankings

The Ministry of Human Resources and Development recently released the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). IIT Madras had topped the list.

The NIPER (National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research) institutes this year have shown great improvements in the ranking.


The annual ranking is released in categories namely colleges, universities, law, dental, architecture, management, engineering, pharmacy and medicine.

Under pharmacy, the NIPERs have shown great improvements. Out of seven NIPERs in the country, SAS Nagar NIPER at Mohali retained its third position. The NIPER at Ahmedabad and Hyderabad improved a rank from 2019. They are now in 5th and 8th positions respectively.


While the country fighting with COVID-19 and struggling to find a cure, the NIPER institutes have greater roles. Their improvement in rankings clearly sends signals about the improving performances to the cause of research and innovation in the field of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. This is promptly the current need of the moment.

NIRF Ranking

On June 11, 2020, the Ministry of Human Resource Development released National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for the educational institutions in the country.

Key Highlights

The IIT Madras topped the list followed by IISc Bangalore. The third place was secured by IIT Delhi. The other institutes that were in the top 100 were IIT Bombay at fourth place, followed by IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati, etc.

About NIRF

The NIRF ranking system was launched in 2015. The first NIRF ranking was released in 2016. The NIRF ranks institutions in 10 categories namely engineering, university, management, college, medical, pharmacy, law, dental and architecture.


The NIRF ranking promotes competition among the educational institutions  all over the country. The rankings have great importance as the performance of the institutions have been linked to “Institution of Eminence” scheme

Institution of Eminence

The scheme is operated by the Ministry of HRD. IT aims to project Indian institutes to global recognition.