No Indian universities in world's top 200 league, some disagree on rankings
- POSTED: 17 Sep 2013 00:38
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Not a single Indian institute managed to book a spot in the 2013 QS World University Rankings, and some have taken issue with the way the survey assessed university performance.
INDIA: At a time when India is being hyped as a future knowledge economy, it is ironic that none of the country's educational institutions features in the latest list of the world's top 200 universities.
Somewhat predictably, the list is dominated by US universities, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University perched on top.
The 2013 QS World University Rankings, which is given on the basis of academic reputation, subject variety and research standards, has delivered a real blow to the perceived abilities of Indian universities.
The only Indian institution anywhere close to the best is the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, ranked at number 222.
But there are those that take issue with the way the survey assessed university performance.
Kamal Kant, the director of India operations at Study Overseas Global, said: "We all have to remember that the skew towards these rankings is more attuned for the western universities. Now, if you broadly look at the criteria for these rankings, what QS has done is, it has taken six broad criteria for it.
“Major components in this include the employer representation and the academic representation. Now, do many people outside India know about Indian institutions? 40% of your ranking is scored on that. Everybody knows about Harvard and Imperial or Yale and other places like that, so it's a perceptual ranking, to be honest."
However, despite India's scepticism, it cannot be denied that rankings are becoming a key determinant in the field of education.
With the world becoming smaller and global student mobility increasing, rankings have heightened competition and governments too are paying closer attention, even utilising these benchmarks to make policy decisions.
India's academic fraternity, therefore, believes that the country's universities need to be more open to international benchmarking.
Moneer Alam, a professor at Delhi University, said: "There's a lot of comparison across countries of the world. So it's very important for us, that if we want to have a place in the league of nations, definitely we have to do well and it's very important for us, and we should take it very seriously. "
But, the question is, how will the Indian universities earn their place in the prestigious group?
Mr Kant said: "Universities have to plan and try and get the research funding in and try and get the infrastructure updated and try and meet the market."
Even though Indian educational institutes have succeeded in attracting large numbers of foreign students in recent years, they are still far behind some of their Asian neighbours in making waves in the international education market.
And although there is an element of disagreement on how the rankings are tabulated, there is a general consensus that Indian universities need to do a lot more than just hand out degrees if they are to make it to the elite group.