The National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) was launched in 2016 by the Indian Government to rank higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country. During the initial years following its launch, participation in the ranking was voluntary. Since 2018, it is mandatory for all government-run HEIs to take part in this ranking.
The NIRF lists the top institutions across 11 categories Â– overall national ranking, universities, engineering, college, medical, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, dental and research. The HEIs are ranked based on five parameters Â– teaching, learning and resources, research and professional practices, graduation outcomes, outreach and inclusivity and perception.