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HRD ministry rules out ranking of Kendriya Vidyalayas


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF)

Mains level: The ministry officials had said last year that government was considering a ranking system for KVs.


Ranking of the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) 

  1. The government has ruled out any plan to rank Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) in the country on lines of universities and colleges
  2. The HRD ministry was earlier mulling ranking its over 1,000 Kendriya Vidyalayas
  3. with an aim at improving the institutes by holding a competition among them on lines of its National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF)


  1. The ministry officials had said last year that with a maximum 1,000 points, the KVs would be graded under four categories, with 80% and above (excellent) under A category, 60-79.9% (very good) in B category, 40- 59.9% (good) in C, and below 40% (average) in D
  2. It was suggested that over 1,000 KVs would be assessed under seven parameters, including academic performance, which will carry the highest weightage of 500 points, followed by school infrastructure (150 points) and school administration (120 points)


National Institutional Ranking Framework

  1. 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
  2. The Framework was approved by the MHRD and launched by Minister of Human Resource Development on 29 September 2015
  3. 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
  4. The Framework uses several parameters for ranking purposes like resources, research, and stakeholder perception
  5. These parameters have been grouped into five clusters and these clusters were assigned certain weightages
  6. The weightages depend on the type of institution. About 3500 institutions voluntarily participated in the first round of rankings
  7. The 2017 ranked lists were released by MHRD on 3 April 2017
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