“Private and government bodies’ co-existence is ensuring better research infrastructure ”
S. C. Sahasrabudhe, director, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Communication and Technology, Ahmedabad, discusses the importance of research and dissects of world rankings, its relevance and why India need not worry about them. Q. Would privatisation of education help in research? A. If the two bodies, government and private work together, then yes, it can help in research. Anybody alone cannot procure best results and neither should it be expected. The kind of numbers that need to be educated cannot happen purely on the basis of government effort. The capital one requires is not feasible. The two have to co-exist. There are multiple independent and private players in the education industry who are constantly emphasising on innovation. So the private sector does have a role to play. In fact we should be playing a bigger role in the industry. No one can fulfil the entire spectrum. Q. Why have Indian universities not been ranked among the world top 100 in 2011? A. We need to take a look at the manner in which these rankings are created. If you have a university with a budget of $100 million plus and you start comparing it with a university here which has a couple of million dollars, the two instances are incomparable. There should be a better dialogue with the ranking agencies about what would truly reflect the ranking of the university. There are multiple ranking agencies and all of them produce a different version. They should present transparent factors of assessment. There is no reason for Indian universities to feel dejected.