The IITs, India’s premier engineering institutions, have found no place in the latest list of top 200 universities of the world. Even worse, they have slipped down a couple of notches in the list of top 200 Asian universities, according to the rankings released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) for 2013.
Apart from the six IITs, which figure in the top universities in Asia, universities of Delhi, Pune and Bombay also feature lower in the list.
Published on Tuesday, the QS rankings has only 11 Indian educations featuring in top 800. IIT-Delhi is the highest ranked institution at 222. IIT-Bombay, standing at 233rd position and IIT Kanpur at 295 are other Indian institutions in the top 300. Further, IIT Madras is ranked 313 while IIT Kharagpur stands at 346.
Most IITs, however, have slipped by a couple of notches when compared to last year’s rankings.
IIT Delhi, for instance, has slipped by two places — from last year’s 36th position to 38 in 2013.
In the world rankings, IIT Delhi has fallen from the 212th rank to 222 this year.The only Indian institution to have performed better than last year this time is IIT Kharagpur, by three places to 346th rank this year.
Officials at IIT Delhi, however, were unmoved by the ranking. S N Singh, Deputy Director (Operations), IIT-Delhi, said, “The ratings are for all universities. We are an engineering institute. If you look at the top engineering institutes in the world, IITs figure in the top positions.”
Singh said IIT-Delhi was looking at the parameters on which the ranking was done.
“We are still studying the ratings. There are two parameters which might concern us — one on academic reputation and another on international students and faculty,” he said.
According to senior IIT officials, the parameters for rankings such as the teacher-student ratio and international faculty might be behind the drop in ratings.
“We don’t have many foreign teachers due to the rules governing appointments,” an official said. Moreover, IITs do not include guest lecturers in the student-teacher ratio while others do, he said.
The QS rankings has been published annually since 2004. For this tenth edition, 90,000 survey responses