Kerala Institutional Ranking Framework
The Higher Education Minister, R. Bindu has officially introduced the Kerala Institutional Ranking Framework (KIRF), which is designed to evaluate the quality of higher education institutions in Kerala. The KIRF is modeled after the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) and will be implemented annually by the Kerala State Higher Education Council (KSHEC). This initiative has made Kerala the first state in India to establish a ranking framework specifically for its higher education institutions.
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About the Kerala Institutional Ranking Framework
The Kerala Institutional Ranking Framework has been developed with the objective of creating a more democratic and secular approach to the grading and ranking system in Kerala. The framework has been launched by the Kerala State Higher Education Council and KSHEC, and it aims to release rankings annually. The state aims to establish a state-level institutional ranking framework while keeping intact the core qualities and components of the National Institutional Ranking Framework.
The Kerala Institutional Ranking Framework will categorize participating universities and colleges in various categories such as overall, universities, colleges, engineering, management, architecture, medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, law, and teacher education. The ranking exercise will also include state-specific criteria and indicators for evaluating the quality of higher education institutions. Kerala’s Higher Education Minister R. Bindu emphasized that the ranking framework will focus on several key areas, including teaching, learning, and resources, knowledge dissemination and research excellence, graduation outcomes, and outreach and inclusivity.
According to the Higher Education Minister, the KIRF rating system will assist the state’s higher education institutions in improving their rankings in both national and global rankings frameworks. Students seeking modern and innovative courses will be able to make informed decisions when selecting a college and program due to the ranking system. The framework was developed by a team led by Gangan Prathapan, a former director of both CUSAT and the CSIR.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Kerala Capital: Thiruvananthapuram;
- Kerala Official bird: Great hornbill;
- Kerala Governor: Arif Mohammed Khan;
- Kerala Chief minister: Pinarayi Vijayan.
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