Is there any ranking system for dental colleges?

The Ministry of Education, Government of India, uses the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) to rate higher education institutions in India. NIRF, was approved by the MHRD, was launched by the Minister of Human Resource Development on September 29, 2015. Various institutions, such as colleges and universities, engineering institutions, corporate establishments, pharmacy institutions, and architecture institutions, have separate rankings depending on their performance fields.
NIRF had four categories in its first rankings announcement, published in 2016, (Universities, Engineering, Management, and Pharmacy), then in 2017, two additional categories, Overall and College, were included. In 2017, Approximately 3,000 institutions took part in the rankings.
Later in 2018 year, the NIRF rankings were published, with an improvement in the number of institutions involved. The NIRF ranking for 2021 was released on April 8, in 9 categories, including Overall, Universities, Engineering, Colleges, Management, Pharmacy, Medical, Architecture, and Law.

On June 11th, 2020, the NIRF Ranking was published for the fifth time, and this was the first time NIRF released rankings for dental colleges in India. The rankings were published based on DCI’s recommendations (Dental Council of India). The 2020 rankings attracted approximately 3800 institutions, a 20% improvement over the previous year.
The NIRF system is based on five parameters that are used to assign these institutions ranks and scores. Each parameter is allocated a weighting, which is depending on the type of institution. This can also be used as a guideline for Indian universities to boost their efficiency and focus on areas that need improvement.

Nationally, 115 dental institutes took part in the NIRF ranking procedure. It is recommended that potential applicants read through the same in order to make an educated decision while expressing their choice for dental colleges. About 60% of college students said that rankings made it easy to figure out what differentiates one college from another, and that rankings helped them choose which college to choose.

Top 10 dental collegein Inda base on ranking system released by NIRF;

1. Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Delhi
2. Manipal College of Dental Sciences,Udupi, Karnataka
3. Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra
4. Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
5. A.B. S. M. Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangaluru, Karnataka
6. Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka
7. Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education And Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
8. Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, Maharashtra 9. SRM Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
10. JSS Dental College and Hospital, Mysuru, Karnataka
  • A specific set of criteria is used to evaluate the ranking survey. The below are the criteria given by MHRD and launched by Minister of Human Resource;
    1. Teaching, Learning & Resources (TLR)
    • Student Strength including Doctoral Students (SS)
    • Faculty-student ratio with emphasis on permanent faculty (FSR)
    • Combined metric for Faculty with PhD (or equivalent) and Experience (FQE)
    • Financial Resources and their Utilisation (FRU)


    1. Research and Professional Practice (RP)
    • Combined metric for Publications (PU)
    • Combined metric for Quality of Publications (QP)
    • IPR and Patents: Published and Granted (IPR)
    • Footprint of Projects and Professional Practice (FPPP)


    1. Graduation Outcomes (GO)
    • Metric for University Examinations (GUE)
    • Metric for Number of Ph.D. Students Graduated (GPHD)
      1. Outreach and Inclusivity (OI)
      • Percentage of Students from Other States/Countries (Region Diversity RD)
      • Percentage of Women (Women Diversity WD)
      • Economically and Socially Challenged Students (ESCS)
      • Facilities for Physically Challenged Students (PCS)
      • Perception (PR) Ranking
      1. Peer Perception
      • Academic Peers and Employers (PR)

      The popularity of college rankings has skyrocketed in the last two decades. In reality, first-col rankings were released in 1995, but they failed miserably. However, the value of college rankings began to climb rapidly between 2015 and 2020. Above mentioned factors have contributed to rankings being more relevant than ever before.

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