The NIRF 2017 rankings were hardly believable last year and this year they came up with two very unreliable factors that have nothing to do with the performance of an organisation. As much as we laud the effort that the Ministry is making in order to set a standardised ranking framework, we could not help but express our concerns regarding the rankings which still appear to be as unreliable as third party sponsored rankings. 
 
Firstly, using representation of women and inclusivity as a performance factor, while we have nothing against women being represented in higher educational institutions, not having enough women hardly means that the organisation is not performing adequately, after all women have fair opportunities as far as higher educational institutions are concerned, just having more women cannot guarantee a better performing institute. 
 
The second point is perception, perception is something that can never be quantified, it is an inherently subjective property, yet somehow NIRF has managed to quantify a subjective characteristic, that is nothing less than a feat in itself. As it turns out Employer perception of Vellore Institute of Technology (14) is way higher than Employer perception of reputed colleges like Jadavpur University (4), IIT(BHU) (6), IIT(ISM) (5) and the like. Well, we will let our readers decide if that is a right quantification. Since this platform is from IIT(ISM), we intend to highlight a piece of trivia in order to highlight this point. The picture on the left speaks about the discovery of a Manganese ore field by an IIT(ISM) team which will generate an revenue worth ₹36000 crores. To draw a comparison, India’s education outlay for 2017 was around ₹79,685.95 (Source: Livemint) In other words, IIT(ISM) has done enough to generate revenue worth about 45.177% of India’s entire educational expenditure, but sadly that is not enough to create a perception, it seems!
 
Moving on, another thing that we noticed is a small message in red at the end of every college’s ranking document, “Responsibility for accuracy and authenticity of data lies with the concerned institution.” Well, NIRF intends to establish a standardised ranking framework but this disclaimer that effectively puts the onus of authenticity of data solely on the institutions being judged doesn’t help at all. It clearly disclaims all responsibility and therefore none of the data is actually liable to be verified by NIRF, that effectively renders the ranking moot. Hypothetically speaking, what if some college decided to mess with the figures? There’s no one to verify facts, it seems!
 
Source: NIRF

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