Rank­ings May Help In­sti­tutes Im­prove Vis­i­bil­ity

New IITs and IIMs that have ranked bet­ter than es­tab­lished coun­ter­parts in the re­cently re­leased In­dia Rank­ings 2016 stand to gain the most

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New Delhi: In­dia’s first of­fi­cial rank­ing of higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions may not fetch top in­sti­tutes funds from the gov­ern­ment but out­liers such as IIT Hy­der­abad, IIT Ropar and IIM Udaipur that fig­ure in the top 10 be­lieve it would help them at­tract global fac­ulty, stu­dents, and ul­ti­mately fund­ing.

New IITs and IIMs that have ranked bet­ter than es­tab­lished coun­ter­parts in the re­cently re­leased In­dia Rank­ings 2016 stand to gain the most, ex­perts said.

“They will get more vis­i­bil­ity both within In­dia and out­side In­dia,” said Sourav Mukherji, dean—pro­grammes at IIM Ban­ga­lore. “Chances of top per­form­ing in­sti­tutes get­ting more funds for re­search should also go up but not im­me­di­ately,” he said.

Many coun­tries that un­der­take do­mes­tic rank­ings fol­low it up with gov­ern­ment fund­ing the top rankers. “Fund­ing by the gov­ern­ment is usu­ally fol­lowed once the do­mes­tic rank­ings are con­ducted in most other coun­tries. For ex­am­ple, China has been able to im­prove its global rank­ings in the last few years with the help of gov­ern­ment fund­ing a few of the per­form­ing in­sti­tutes,” said Kylie Chiew, re­gional so­lu­tion sales di­rec­tor, re­search man­age­ment, at El­se­vier Re­search So­lu­tions.

An in­sider at the HRD min­istry, how­ever, made it clear that it would not be the case in In­dia.

In­sti­tu­tions eye fund­ing from else­where.

“IITs re­quire funds to able to stand out in the world. We have to look at a com­bi­na­tion of fund­ing from fee hikes, sell­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty and col­lab­o­ra­tion with the in­dus­try for var­i­ous projects,” said De­vang Khakhar, di­rec­tor at IIT Bom­bay.

His coun­ter­part at IIT Ropar, Sa- This rank­ing in­creases the chances of In­dian in­sti­tutes at­tract­ing at­ten­tion of global au­di­ence

Rank­ings will help top ranked in­sti­tutes to gar­ner funds for re­search

Chances of at­tract­ing for­eign fac­ulty and stu­dents also get brighter

New in­sti­tutes like IIT Hy­der­abad, IIT Ropar and IIT Udaipur that rank among top 10 stand to gain most

rit Ku­mar Das said, “In­sti­tutes with higher rank­ing will be able to at­tract projects un­der ini­tia­tives like Make in In­dia, Smart Cities, and IM­PRINT. This in turn will le- ad to fund­ing from gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try both within and out­side In­dia.” IIT Ropar was ranked at No. 9 among the coun­try’s engi­neer­ing in­sti­tutes. IIT Hy­der­abad di­rec­tor Uday B De­sai said a good rank will help In­dian in­sti­tutes to im­prove their per­cep­tion glob­ally as well as at­tract global fac­ulty for col­lab­o­ra­tion. “All of this in turn will help IITs to get more funds but it also de­pends on the pro­pos­als,” he said. Some ex­perts called for gov­ern­ment back­ing of top rank­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

“Glob­ally, coun­tries such as China and the UK have used do­mes­tic rank­ings as a mea­sure­ment of an in­sti­tute’s po­ten­tial thereby link­ing ac­cess to fund­ing and re­sources. As a coun­try, In­dia needs to em­u­late such best prac­tices in or­der to re­ally gain from such ini­tia­tives,” said Ro­hin Kapoor, di­rec­tor at Deloitte in In­dia.

Phil Baty, edi­tor of Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, a Lon­don-based mag­a­zine known for its world univer­sity rank­ings, said In­dian in­sti­tu­tions are strong in many at­tribu- tes but fall be­hind in re­search and fund­ing.

“The re­search strength of the In­dian in­sti­tu­tions is not as strong as key com­peti­tors. This is partly about cul­ture and na­tional pri­or­i­ties, but more than any­thing it is about fund­ing,” Baty said in an emailed re­sponse to ET. Fund­ing is key to at­tract and re­tain the finest global fac­ulty tal­ent, he said. “In­dian in­sti­tu­tions are pre­vented from be­ing as glob­ally-fo­cused as their com­peti­tors. Uni­ver­si­ties need to be global mag­nets for tal­ent, and to share great ideas with the lead­ing schol­ars and in­sti­tu­tions across the world,” he said.

Ben Sowter, head of re­search at QS Quacquarelli Sy­monds, agreed. “Fund­ing is the fun­da­men­tal fuel for re­search, but es­tab­lish­ing the right, in­cor­rupt­ible al­go­rithms for the most ef­fec­tive and pro­duc­tive dis­tri­bu­tion of fund­ing is the chal­leng­ing part,” Sowter wrote to ET in an email.

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