MCOPS tops NIRF rankings, Manipal University 6th and MIT 11th among private institutions

On April 4, 2016 Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Irani announced the rankings of top 100 universities and institutes at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. While Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal (MCOPS) was ranked the top pharmacy college in the country by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Manipal University was sixth among private universities and 32nd overall.

Manipal Institute of Technology was ranked 11th among the private engineering colleges and 39th overall. This was the first-of-its-kind indigenous ranking framework for higher education institutions by the Central Government.


The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was approved by the MHRD and launched by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani on September 29, 2015. A core committee was set up by MHRD for the purpose. And, although the ranking frameworks were similar, the exact methodologies are domain specific. Ranking methods were worked out for six categories of institutions i.e., Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Architecture, Universities and Colleges.

The NIRF used five broad parameters to determine the rankings: 1) Teaching, learning and resources (TLR); 2) Research, Consulting and Collaborative Performance (RPC); 3) Graduation Outcomes (GO); 4) Outreach and Inclusivity (OI); and 5) Perception (PR).

Within each parameter, there are a number of other categories on which institutions were graded. They were categorised as; 1) teaching institutions, or, 2) teaching-cum-research institutions, and the weight assigned to each of the five parameters was different.

Also, engineering, management and comprehensive institutions were graded separately since they were dissimilar kinds of institutions. The reason given was that comparisons across them are both unfair and impossible. While the framework for engineering and management institutions has been finalised, the same will be done for other institutions.

The base for the ranking was through a survey done among students, alumni, parents, employees and the public. Learning resources, graduation results and research were the criteria of ratings.

This recognition  brought  celebration time for MCOPS, Manipal, for having received the ‘Best Pharmacy College in the country’ tag from the Union Human Resource Development Ministry in the first-ever National institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).   On April 21, 2016, MCOPS celebrated its accomplishment at a brief, but impressive function in the College campus.

Dr Mallikarjun Rao, Principal, recollected how the college rose to the present pre-eminent stature from its humble beginning a little over fifty years ago. He attributed the enviable position of being ranked number one in the country to the constant support from the College management and the untiring efforts of his predecessors right from the fledgling years. He made particular mention of Dr P Gundu Rao and Dr Sankarasubramanian. Dr Mallikarjuna Rao also complimented his immediate predecessor Dr N Udupa for his invaluable contribution during the period of the college’s spectacular growth and visibility.

Dr Ramdas M Pai, Chancellor, Manipal University, Dr H S Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Dr H Vinod Bhat Vice Chancellor and Dr Narayana Sabhahit the Registrar were present on the occasion to share the joy and motivate the college to do better and raise its profile higher.

An ecstatic Dr Pai handed over the NIRF rank certificate to the Principal of MCOPS, Dr Mallikarjuna Rao.

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