KSURF (Karnataka State Universities Rating Framework) rates universities based on their strengths and locally-relevant yet globally-flavored aspects of higher education. KSURF Karnataka is the first amongst all the States to undertake a detailed audit & evaluation of all its universities – an effort similar to the Central Government’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).
ESTABLISHED UNIVERSITIES (10 + Years)
Rank # 3 – K.L.E. Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belagavi
Rank # 6 – Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi
YOUNG UNIVERSITIES (5 – 10 Years)
Rank # 10 – Rani Channamma University, Belagavi
In line with MHRD’s vision of creating world-class universities in India, Government of Karnataka, through KSURF, aims to assess and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the universities in the State, and help them improve on their deficiencies. An annual exercise, the Council will rate universities under regionally-relevant yet globally flavored parameters such as Research Excellence, Innovation, Teaching Excellence, Employability, Infrastructure and Inclusiveness & Social Impact. The framework consists of 5 broad parameters and 27 indicators.
For an unbiased and accurate assessment, universities are divided into four categories based on their year of inception and type – New University (0-5 years), Young University (5-10years), Established University (10+ years) and Specialist University (specializes in ONE core discipline such as Music, Agriculture, Horticulture, Folklore, Kannada Language, etc.)
In the inaugural edition of the ratings, under the Established Universities Category, Manipal University has been rated at the Top for Innovation & Research Quality, Visvesvaraya Technological University for Improvement in Research, Gulbarga University for Research Productivity, Bangalore University for Research Citations & KLE University for Industrial MOU’s.
In the Young Universities Category, JSS University & NITTE University score high on Teaching Excellence & International Diversity respectively.
Amongst the New Universities established in the last 5 years, MS Ramaiah University has been rated very high on Patents, PES University for Domestic Diversity & Reva University on Infrastructure.
In the Specialist Universities Category, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore is rated at the top for Inclusiveness & Social Impact whereas Kannada University & University of Agricultural Sciences Dharwad score high on the ‘Faculty with PhD’ Parameter. At the end of the audit process, universities are awarded Stars for their overall performance and within 5 different parameters, where 5 Star stands for Excellent & Top Rated University, 4 Stars for Very Good University with Potential to Grow Higher, 3 Star for Good Quality University; 2 Stars for Average Quality and 1 Star for universities that needs improvement and immediate intervention by the Government.
Unlike several indigenous and global rankings that usually provide universities with a single number or score with very little data on performance, KSURF, for the first time, will provide each University a detailed & exhaustive analytical report that senior leaders can use to draw up strategic plans to build on areas of strength and improve weak areas with an aim to achieve excellence regionally, nationally& globally.