Some changes have been made this year to the selection procedure in the National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 rankings, for which the pre-registration has already started.
While these changes may not ensure that the selection process would be foolproof, colleges in Trichy feel that there is scope for improvement to make it a level playing field. Taking part in the ranking process may not be compulsory for self-financing colleges from this year. However, it has been mandatory for the public-run institutions as before. Besides this, institutions must only update the data submitted last year. “This has made the process less painful for colleges, but the results would be based on the progress made this year. Hence, colleges may not boast of their past, but have to display the progress made in the near past,” said NIRF coordinator for National College Trichy M S Mohamed Jaabir.
There is nothing wrong in making it mandatory for the colleges as they would know where they stand among other colleges, said correspondent of MAM College of Engineering (MAMCE) M A Maluk. But he stressed on the need for a level playing field which is not ensured in the ranking.
There is nothing wrong in making the ranking process compulsory for colleges, but the selection process needs to be evolved further, says principal of Jamal Mohamed College, Ismail Mohideen. He said the committee that sits for ranking doesn’t include experts from colleges in the tier-2 cities and below. “NIRF should also ensure that data submitted by the colleges be verified before publishing it as NIRF is blindly believing the submitted data,” said a senior faculty from a city college.