India slips in QS rankings, IIT-B, IIT-Delhi only saving grace

Create: 07/10/2012 - 11:05

The QS Asian University rankings for 2012 are out and Indian
institutes have fared poorly in the rankings. The only exceptions are Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and IIT Delhi. While IIT Bombay is up by
four notches (from 38 to 34 in 2012), IIT Delhi is up from 37 to 36 this year.

QS is one of the world’s leading networks in career and
education. Yet again, while no Indian institute has made it to the top 30 in
overall rankings, only four have made it to the top 50 among 300 Asian
institutes this year.

Last year, five had featured in the top 50. An analysis of
rankings from 2009 to 2012 reveals that no Indian institute has made it to top
10 and only one ranked in the top 30 since then (IIT Bombay in 2009).

“It’s not that institutes or universities in India are not
doing well. These rankings assess several factors and we tend to lose points on
many of these indicators, which include international faculty and international
students. Further, while the rankings look at various subjects, IITs and our
universities will lose points on a specific subject like medicine,” said a
senior academician.

All the five older IITs have slipped in their overall
rankings, IIT Kanpur climbing down the most by 11 places from 36 to 47 this
year. While IIT Guhawati is down from 82 to 89, IIT Kharagpur is down from 48
to 56. IIT Madras is ranked at 45, down by two places from last year and IIT Roorkee
slipped from 56 to 65. Except Delhi University, no other Indian university,
including Mumbai, Pune and Calcutta universities feature in the top 100. All
the four have slipped in their rankings.

Mumbai University, for instance has gone down the ladder steadily,
from 96 in 2010 to 145 in 2011 and 151-160 this year. While Delhi University is
ranked 78, it is down by one point from last year. Calcutta University too has
come down gradually, from 99 in 2010 and 115 in 2011 to 143 this year. The
worst show this year has been put up by Pune University which has been ranked
between 191-200 this year. 

Besides the overall rankings that cover several parameters
like research and teaching, internationalization, a publication etc, QS also
ranks the Asian universities by faculty (subjects) and by criterion (like
faculty-student ratio).

Among the rankings by criteria, none of the Indian
institutes could bag a slot in the top 200 for “international students” and
“international faculty”. In “faculty-student” too, no Indian institute figures
in the top 100. The Indian institutes have performed comparatively better in
“academic reputation” and “employer reputation”.

For instance, in employer reputation, IIT Bombay is ranked
seventh and IIT Delhi and University of Delhi 16th and 17th respectively. The
other institutes in the top 50 are IIT Madras (22), Mumbai University (25), IIT
Kanpur (28) and Pune University (48). In academic reputation, IIT Bombay (29),
IIT Delhi (37), Delhi University (38) and IIT Madras (49) are among the top 50.
In papers per faculty too, Indian institutes have done well with IIT Delhi
ranking five and IIT Kanpur nine.

[Source: Indian Express]


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

The ranking of universities and institutes in India will be go up only when the faculty and students spend their time in creative academic pursuits only. Currently we observe that so much time is spent on issues such as how to conduct entrance examinations, appointment of directors/vice-chancellors, revision of pay scales. Also lot of faculty spend their valuable time in mindless administrative matters, which are responsibility of professionals. Only if you have academic issues at the highest priority, the level of organizations will go up.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

It is sad to know that Indian Universities had been ranked low by QS. Infact a few Universities have slipped a few ranks down. However, we need to be happy that we have done fairly well on some important criteria like academic reputation and employer reputation. Many a times Universities doesn't have a say on certain criteria like intake of international students and international faculty. All that Universities have to look at it is how well they are at teaching, research, patents, collaborations and publications. And most importantly students employability. Universities/colleges have to strive hard to make students employable. I am sure Universities would score well in the minds of students if they make them employable. However, one should not neglect ranking by certain reputed agencies.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

For the past several years we have been hearing education administrators singing about the importance of "research" in Indian Universities. Like John the Baptist, I have been crying in the wilderness that "research" and carreer rewrds based on "research" has led to the total disintegration of teaching in Indian Universities. Individuals thrive in the name of "research" and the "cut n paste" research gets points in the API system, but teaching languishes and hence Indian Universities fare poorly in International rankings. It is time to sink the research ship and sail on the teaching ship.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I have consistently been saying that the failure of NAAC in not evolving a mechanism of Ranking of Indian Universities and Colleges,stubbornly refusing to innovate there accreditation method from the present system to Faculty and Discipline wise accreditation is causing so much of anguish. The 5% of colleges and 15% of universities assessed by NAAC for 18 years are also questionable for consistency. The other issue is an absolute disconnect between MHRD,the UGC and the Universities with total absence of any professional mechanism of appraisal of universities, appraisal of the performance(and non performance) of Vice Chancellors, and some kind of a report by MHRD or UGC of its assessment of universities. In the present systems Vice Chancellors come,spend the term and go, with neither accountability nor any notified reward or recognition for good performance. The recent notification of UGC that Times ranking will be the criteria for allowing international collaboration for joint degree programs is yet another mockery particularly when this foreign magazine titles our Prime minister as Underachiever. Time has come that MHRD has an Academic input wing headed by an academician. DST is managed by Scientists and scientific communities. MHRD should have a parallel Academic input wing alongside the bureaucracy. All are anxiously awaiting the NCHER and Accreditation bills to be passed to see some change in the Indian Higher education System.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Rating and ranking of the universities to be done by UGC and AICTE and they should conduct seminars and meetings and its finding are to be known through news papers to all the faculty and students and other stake holders. Presently in our country such an important issues have left to gossip magazines which lacks credibility and authenticity. We are accustomed to play truant with merits and caliber and goof up the thingsThere is no agency which can have record of faculty members and scientists who have international standings and what is the criteria to call them exceptional. We all know which journals are tough to crack for publication and which is the topic known for its toughness. Attempts are always made to equate horses with bulls and fare assessment is always an abhor able traits.
As pointed out by Prof. Somesh that extraneous work and focus attains more glare than core academic issues. Reward for hardwork and tough work are put to back seat and superficial things become comparable yardstick. Thus it is expected that let there is fare culture to be nurtured to judge the teaching, research, innovations, facilities, esteem of the faculty and university in a scientific manner then we would be in top 10.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Indian universities are ranking so poorly in QS asian ranking. They must be going down the drain in World university rankings?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Prof. RC SOBTI, VC of Punjab University, Chandigarh has been claiming from roof tops that PU is topmost in Research in India. I Wonder why it does not appear in QS rankings? On what basis the VC makes FALSE claims?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Dear Sir,

Please think about rural education managing for HIGHER EDUCATION instead of spending money in IIT's NIT's with out valuable any valuable contribution to the Public / Developed country of INDIA from the reputed Institute.

Since, very essentailly opportunities are not at all avaiable [due to lack of INFRASTURCTURE & INTELLECUTAL properties] eger candidates waiting and contribute theis idea of Higher education in rural area.
Since myself also NITs student and I knew what is the status of NIT's and IIT's in INDIA , they are not in a position to compete quality of Research in Reputed Institute / University in Abroad.

With regards,

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

You speak about Asian rankings and India's position. If you see the global ranking (such as Shanghai or Times), the Indian institutions stand at the bottom. Except IITs and IISc, no Indian university has figured in the top 1000! In India, people do not know the concepts such as merit, quality, creativity, innovation and other related ones. How do we expect top ranking?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

HA. Not at all surprising for me that none of the Indian Unis. appear in world's top 400 unis list(except some of the iits).
We all here in India care for just one thing: MARKSSSSZZ
Now open yours eyes and brains.
We study just to score marks, then, get eployeeed and thats all. No University cares about the knowledge of the person. Just get their student employed and keep boasting about it.

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