rankings and listings are naturally our way of gauging any pecking order. we seek the top three, the top 10, top 100, and so on, simply to evaluate positions and pecking orders. and, if the ranking is about educational institutions, as numerous business magazines have discovered to their joy, such issues are a sellout: students and parents grab copies to know which the top-ranking institutes are. based on the ranking of an institute, a student's future career and opportunities might be entirely different. while an alumnus of a top-ranking institute will see doors open to lucrative jobs and career opportunities, one from an unknown institute might not get the same options through campus placements. while a number of rankings are in existence, the government of india in 1914 announced its intention of ranking the higher education system. by 2016, the national institutional ranking framework (nifr) had released its first annual ranking of universities and colleges. the rankings are released in the first week of april, well in time for students to begin evaluating colleges and universities for admissions.why ranking? higher education and education as such are reviled in india. while there are many ills to the system, it might be an impossible task to bring a dramatic change. ranking is a good way to encourage institutes of higher learning to meet the standards the government wants to set. each of the five parameter defined by the government are actually goals t...