“Pri­vate and govern­ment bod­ies’ co-ex­is­tence is en­sur­ing bet­ter re­search in­fra­struc­ture ”

India Today - - AHMEDABAD -

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.

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