That time of the year again about University rankings and, alas, the same question again: "Why no Indian institution is in the top 100 according to QS (and top 300 according to THE)?"

Every one becomes an expert on our institutions at this time of the year. If you care to know the facts, please read on.

I am not commenting on IIT Delhi improving its ranking by about 100 places in THE rankings released today, as I believe it doesn't represent the true ranking of our institutions.

1. In three of the ranking parameters such as International students, International faculty and Faculty-student ratio, our institutions score close to Zero points. To be ranked globally, we need to internationalize our campuses.

2. Contrary to popular perception, on Research Impact scores, our top institutions indeed score very well. For example, IIT Delhi was ranked 39 in the world in 2018 on Research Impact score (total citations divided by the number of faculty) in QS ranking. We recruited a lot more faculty in the last two years, and it has gone to 50's now. Once the new faculty become productive, it should rise again.

If you rank world universities on just the "Research Impact" scores, many of our top Indian institutions (read IITs and IISc) will be in the top 100.

भारत की कोई यूनिवर्सिटी ग्लोबल रैंकिंग की टॉप 300 में नहीं बना पाई जगह-जानें क्यों


3. We don't score well on perception based parameters on a global scale. Again because of the inward looking nature of our institutions and cultural issues. This is also changing now..

4. 50% of scores used for ranking are based on perception. QS is at least a lot more transparent with respect to how they generate perception based scores. THE is a blackbox. Many of us have stopped caring about THE rankings.

  • What makes a great institution?

In my humble opinion, institutions become great by positively impacting the ecosystem around it by imparting the highest quality education and training to the students who go through its portals. If Delhi NCR has the highest number of tech startups/Unicorns in India, IIT Delhi has played a role in it. If 14 of the 24 Unicorns created by Indians are by the alumni of one single institution IIT Delhi, IIT Delhi is surely doing some thing right.

If the fundamentals are strong in any institution, the rankings will follow. I am positive and hopeful of the future. Let's not create negativity in the society by harping on some numbers, which aren't even put together with enough care and thought


Source-Ramgopal Rao Sir FB Post



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