India needs to stop being a technology importer: Ramadorai
Ramadorai said while in India, other engineering institutes are in awe of IIT, its position in the 2012-13 QS World University Rankings is not in the top 200.
He said India is the only BRICS country from which no university has made it to the top 200.
Thus, the IITs need to develop a “more outward-facing profile” and attract more foreign faculty members, researchers and students at all levels, he said. “However, this should be done by factoring in the challenge of huge domestic demand at the under-graduate level and the fact that foreign students cannot compete in the IIT-JEE,” Ramadorai said.
Envisioning a larger role for IITs in the functioning of the government, he also talked about the China Studies Centre at IIT-Madras. “Such centres, if consulted by the government in policy decisions, would greatly encourage their growth and attract talent,” Ramadorai said.
He stressed the need for collaborative research with the increasing importance of public-private partnership in the country.
About the need for closer IIT-industry partnership in the context of the government initiative to set up research parks at each IIT, Ramadorai said, “India is, by and large, a technology importer... For this trend to reverse,
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