The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) India Ranking 2021 is likely to be postponed this year. Every year, the central government’s ranking of institutions is published in the first week of April till 2020 when it was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NIRF 2021 will be delayed as participating institutions are yet to submit the data on which the rankings are based.
The NIRF India Ranking exercise is performed by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) on behalf of the ministry of education every year. Anil Nassa, member secretary, NBA, and NIRF, said that it will not be possible to release the rankings in the first week of April as the last date of submission of data “is already delayed by three months”.
Last year, the Rankings were declared in June. Nassa said: “We will try to bring it before June, but right now I am not in a position to say much.”
NIRF and COVID-19
Since the number of COVID-19 cases is rising again, the ranking authorities are not sure how the problem will shift in the coming week. The ranking exercise depends on their ability to validate the data and claims made by the universities which may be made tough by the pandemic.
Coming up with NIRF 2021 in the first week of April would mean whatever data universities have accepted, we just put that in the computer and release it. That is not possible, we need to validate it, analyze the data then only come up with the rankings which will take some time, Nassa said.