Why should parents care about NIRF rankings and parameters?


Once JEE is done and dusted, students either start or resume the research on colleges that they would potentially land, specifically for those who spend 2-3 years toiling to get that score that would take them to the gates of an Indian Institute of Technology and make them an IITian. While some might not be particular about the location - as long as they get their desired branch — some students tend to strive towards the ‘best’ institute according to them. A ranking is always the first among many criteria that students look at: for many, the higher the rank, the better the institute. Furthermore, rankings, especially NIRF, become a tool to compare different institutes of repute.

At this juncture, it might be beneficial for parents and students to take a step forward, and look at the scores of individual institutes by the different parameters, to get a picture of which institute is best suited to the outcome they expect.

Sub-parameters: TLR

Choosing an institute involves considering priorities: a high TLR (Teaching, Learning, and Resources) score signifies experienced faculty, advanced resources, and structured curricula, offering a conducive learning environment. IITM provides excellent teaching quality and infrastructure excellence for their child’s academic experience, indicated by the scores, and stands as a top choice for parents and students alike.

Sub-parameters: OI

Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) is a critical parameter that aids in assessing campus inclusivity, institutional support for minorities or marginalized groups, and overcoming challenges - economic, social, or physical - impacting academic pursuits. OI scores provide insight into potential financial assistance sources, essential for parents facing difficulties in funding their child’s education.

Sub-parameters: RP

If students and parents want to compare institutes based on their research capabilities, RP (Research and Professional Practice) is the parameter to look at. These scores, based on research publications, patents, and project quality, help students inclined toward research identify institutes offering ample research opportunities and potential projects.

Sub-parameters: GO

NIRF’s Graduation Outcomes (GO) parameter rates institutes based on career development programs, placement statistics, funding, and median salaries. This indicator highlights an institute’s support for entrepreneurship, innovation, and higher education. Parents seeking institutions fostering innovation, start-ups, or emphasizing placements can use GO rankings to gauge an institute’s offerings.

Sub-parameters: Perception

NIRF’s Perception rankings reflect public, industry, and academic trust in an institute. These qualitative surveys gauge industry, peer, and public perception, aiding parents in understanding an institute’s academic standing and industry recognition. A favorable perception indicates promising professional prospects for students, crucial for parental considerations.

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IIT Madras, with a cumulative top score from all the sub-parameters (evidently ranked 1) is the best institute to study with a Holistic education, advanced facilities, and a very good research culture. Not only on the academic front, but the institute also contributes significantly to developing students’ interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, and physical and mental health - ultimately making them better individuals for the future.