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or any kind of noise be­yond 11 pm. There are cur­few hours for girls and they have to be back in their rooms by 10 pm. Food can be a prob­lem.

Stu­dents also have to fol­low the pick and drop tim­ings of the trans­port pro­vided by the IIM or the host univer­sity.

“Of­ten, we have to stay up late to work on projects. We also can­not play mu­sic. There are curbs on free­dom if we live in the city, we can’t or­gan­ise so­cial or cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties in our apart­ments for fear of disturbing our neigh­bours,” says the IIM alum­nus.

Many are op­posed to such ar­range­ments. As Pro­fes­sor Pra­fulla Agnihotri, di­rec­tor, IIM Trichy says, “I did not ap­prove the ear­lier ar­range­ment of al­lo­cat­ing apart­ments to stu­dents. I had in­sisted on the NIT Trichy cam­pus which had hos­tels. While se­cu­rity is cru­cial, hav­ing a good hos­tel within cam­pus pro­vides stu­dents a good aca­demic en­vi­ron­ment too.” The In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (IIT) Bom­bay has moved up to the num­ber 12 at the Quacquarelli Sy­monds (QS) Univer­sity Rank­ings BRICS for 2016.

Since its last ap­pear­ance in 2015 in the rank­ings, the In­sti­tute has moved up three places. IIT Bom­bay’s over­all score is 84.4 out of 100. The In­sti­tute has a score of 99.1 in aca­demic rep­u­ta­tion, 100 in em­ployer rep­u­ta­tion, 91.5 in ci­ta­tions per pa­per, 94.7 in pa­pers per fac­ulty and 97.6 in staff with Phd, all scores out of a max­i­mum of 100. “The im­prove­ment in the ranks is a re­flec­tion of the progress be­ing made by IIT Bom­bay, par­tic­u­larly in its re­search con­tri­bu­tions,” says Prof De­vang Khakhar, Di­rec­tor, IIT Bom­bay.

IIT Delhi is ranked at posi- tion 15 and IIT Madras at 19. The In­dian In­sti­tute of Sci­ence (IISc) in Ban­ga­lore is ranked at 6.

The QS Univer­sity Rank­ings BRICS is a rank­ing of the 250 top uni­ver­si­ties in the five BRICS coun­tries ( Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa). Per­for­mance of the uni­ver­si­ties are based on eight key pa­ram­e­ters, which are, aca­demic rep­u­ta­tion ( 30%), em­ployer re pu­ta­tion ( 2 0 %), f ac­ulty and­stu­dent ra­tio (20%), staff with Phd ( 10%), pa­pers per f ac­ulty ( 10%), ci­ta­tions per pa­per (5%), In­ter­na­tional fac­ulty (2.5%) and In­ter­na­tional stu­dents (2.5%)

Where they’re liv­ing: A swank pri­vate apart­ment (on top) at Ranchi; the IIM Ranchi cam­pus (mid­dle) and Ash­berry Apart­ments (bot­tom) in Am­rit­sar.

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