Webometrics Ranking (WR) of World Universities and National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF): A Comparative Study


Abstract

Ranking institutions of a country, continent or the entire world is not an easy task. However, there are certain agencies that regularly undertake such an exercise. In this paper we have considered Webometrics Ranking (WR) and National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) specific to India for our study. Various parameters have been compared citing their features. The methodology used by these rankings have been discussed such as WR depends on web presence and categorises institutions on the basis of Presence rank, Impact rank, Openness rank and Excellence rank whereas NIRF categorises on the basis of Graduation Outcomes, Learning Teaching & Resources, Outreach of students, Research and Professional Practice and Awareness. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Maharashtra tops the list in Webometrics Rankings whereas Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai tops the list in NIRF rankings. An interpretation of these rankings along with their limitations have been given finally some conclusions have been drawn on the basis of the data.

Keywords

Excellence Rank, National Institutional Ranking Framework, Parameters, Rankings, Webometrics Ranking, Web Presence

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