Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has also started ranking of Agricultural Universities of the country since 2016. The parameters broadly cover Resources and Individual Performance. Many important aspects / contributions of the university do not get any recognition. Contributions of the universities towards seed production, skill development and socio-economic benefits do not get many marks in the ranking. Area of jurisdiction is also not getting any place in ranking proforma.
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is a methodology adopted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD), Government of India, to rank institutions of higher education in India. The Framework was approved by the MHRD and launched by Minister of Human Resource Development on 29 September, 2015. There are separate rankings for different types of institutions depending on their areas of operation like universities and colleges, engineering institutions, management institutions, pharmacy institutions and architecture institutions. The Framework uses several parameters for ranking purposes like resources, research, and stakeholder perception. These parameters have been grouped into five clusters and these clusters were assigned certain weightages. The parameters broadly cover "Teaching, Learning and Resources", "Research and Professional Practices," "Graduation Outcomes," "Outreach and Inclusivity," and "Perception". However, the parameters do not cover many aspects of the Agricultural Universities like contribution of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), Seed Production and Technology intervention by Agricultural Universities.
NIRF asks for three years data (excluding the award year) whereas ICAR ranking asks for one year data. Many technologies related publications of the university/ FLDs etc are also not getting any weightage in the ranking. There is a need to outline a methodology to rank agricultural institutions across the country. The symposium has been proposed to establish a synergy between NIRF and ICAR ranking and also to recognise contribution of Agricultural Universities in much broader perspective; a possibility of having an independent category under NIRF can also be discussed and explored so as to avoid multiple ranking procedures.