HRD Ministry is curious to investigate the reasons why top institutions like Hyderabad University and Jawaharlal Nehru University are not able to find the top spots in QS rankings.
QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) is one of the most coveted international ranking systems for global educational establishments.
The ministry had organized a meeting last week in the presence of senior IIT officials and vice chancellors along with the officers of London-based agency- Quacquarelli Symonds.
QS World University Ranking has been decided on six fundamental parameters- employer reputation, academic repute, ratio of faculty-student, international faculty, citation per faculty, and the number of international students.
Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ chaired the meeting and said despite top Indian universities and institutions fulfilling the credibility and quality education requirements, the QS rankings are allotted not only on such grounds. According to a senior official from HRD Ministry, the minister directed officials to make the applications more comprehensive and deliberate on the reasons.
In the last month, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, and IISc-Bangalore have made their spots among the top 200 institutes in the ranking list of prestigious QS rankings. IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Kanpur, and IIT-Roorkee also secured their positions among the top 400 institutes.
On the other hand, IIT-Guwahati slipped to 491 from 472 this year.
According to Hyderabad University’s Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao Podile, the university lost its QS ranking due to lack of focus on UG courses.
He added that the same has been conveyed to QS ranking officials that the level of education for UG courses at Hyderabad University is phenomenal. Their case needs to be reviewed.
The HRD Ministry officials suggested that on the jury panel of QS rankings there should be some Indians as well to ensure no bias towards western countries. The Delhi University managed to improve its ranking from 487 to 474 in the latest release of QS rankings.
The QS global rankings 2020 was issued in London and gave spots to 50 new entrants from around the world. India-based OP Jindal Global University, which was incepted in 2009, has become the youngest university to be listed in the prestigious QS Rankings 2020.