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Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur slips in global rankings

Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Kanpur) has slipped down in the global rankings of top technical institutes.

The Times Higher Education (THE) rankings-2018 survey has put the IIT-K in the 501-600 ranking group. In 2017, the institute was placed in the 401-500 group. Among the technical institutes in Asia the IIT-K was ranked 63.

The Indian Institute of Sciences has been put among the 251-300 ranks while the IIT Madras and IIT Guwahati have been put at the lowest from 601- 800 ranks.

There is no other institute of the country in 251-300 ranks.

Dean academics at the IIT-K, professor Neeraj Misra, said “There has been fall in the ranks of all institutes of the country. This is to be studied as on what standards the assessment has been made. After a thorough analysis ways to improve the institute would be decided.”

He, however, claimed that the performance of the institute was far better than the previous year.

The Times Higher Education World University ranking has been assessing the ranks of the institutes at the global level since 2004. It considers academic performance, teaching methods, research works, international outlook, industry income and teacher-student ratio in fixing the ranks.

As per the report, the IIT-K has 6472 students but has only 1% foreign pupil. Besides, the boy/girl ratio was also skewed. As against 86 male students it has just 14 girls. Similarly, the institute has one staff over 15.2 students, the report added.

Though disappointed with India’s showing, Phil Baty, editorial director, Global Rankings, THE, said things were likely to improve because of the “really positive news in that India’s overall research income and research quality has risen this year, and the country’s world class university plan shows that it recognises the importance of investing in higher education.”




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