Both IIT Delhi and Mumbai are at the bottom of Asia’s most innovative universities’ rankings and the main reason is the bunching of these IITs research work with that of smaller IITs.
At the Asia’s Most Innovative Universities list, the IITs rank 72 on the Reuters Top 75 universities released on last Tuesday. However, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore ranked 73 in the list.
The parameters taken into consideration for these rankings were as follows-
- Invention of new technologies
- Institutions doing the most to advance in the field of science
- Driving the global economy
- Academic papers
- Patent filing
IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay, with their world-class campuses, may have ranked much higher on the list, provided they weren’t grouped in with smaller and newer institutes like IIT Palakkad and IIT Tirupati revealed Reuters.
According to the listings, the top-ranked universities are:
Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, KAIST
- University of Tokyo, Japan
- Seoul National University, South Korea
With 22 Chinese universities –more than any other country, China has the largest number of universities in the list. China’s Beijing-based Tsinghua University ranked 13 on the list.
It is a matter of great concern that according to any of the International rankings, the premier Indian institutes such as IITs do not come under the top 200 global schools.
The reasons behind the poor performance of IITs are -
Skewed teacher-student ratio
- Poor representation of foreign students
IITs have set aside 25% of the seats for overseas students. As against 25,000 Indian students enrolled in different programmes of IITs, there are only 100 foreign scholars enrolled for Ph.D. and 130 in postgraduate courses.
Now, IIT Council plans to hold admission tests for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in overseas countries like Singapore, Ethiopia, Dubai and most of the SAARC countries.