India added another feather to its cap when two of the most prominent universities of India made their way into the Quacquarelli Symonds’ (QS) list of top 200 universities globally. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) was placed at 235th position in the year 2014, but now features in the top 200 universities, bagging the 179th position in the edition. The second university from India that finds its name in the list is a new entry- The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore which holds 147th place in the list. This is the first time when Indian universities made a name in QS’ top 200 university list. Talking about the list of top 300 universities, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) which earlier held the 222nd position has now moved up to 202, IIT-Madras made a jump from 321 to 254th place and IIT- Kanpur made its place at 271st position from 300.
The QS list is released annually, with an aim to help students analyze and compare the leading universities globally. It is based on 6 parameters that assess the performance in 4 areas, namely- research, teaching, employability and internationalization. The 6 parameters consist of different weight age, and help in overall scores when calculated. The 6 parameters/indicators are as follows:
- Academic reputation (40%)- The academic reputation of universities is assessed by taking a global survey where they identify universities who are actively doing the best work in their field of expertise.
- Employee reputation (10%)- This parameter is also based on the survey taken globally where employers are asked to name universities which they think are producing outstanding graduates.
- Student-to-faculty ratio (20%)- It measures the number of academic staff to the number of students in a particular course.
- Citations per faculty (20%)- This indicator measures the impact of research in a university. The papers getting more citations are published by the universities which in turn, contribute to a stronger output.
- International faculty ratio (5%)- This measures the number of faculty from other nationalities.
- International student ratio (5%)- It measures the ratio of foreign studies that come to universities to gain knowledge.
Having being able to enter the list is truly a moment of honour and joy for the people, especially for those who worked really hard to acquire these positions that they very well deserve. India is rising in the true sense and making the people proud.
[author image=”http://www.aapkatimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Munazza-Ansar.jpg” ]I am Munazza Ansar, pursuing Bachelor’s in Social Work from Jamia Millia Islamia University. I have a keen interest in writing about the prevalent social issues and working for them.[/author]