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IITs May Compete as a Single Unit for Global Ranking

Jan 23, 2014 10:25 IST

    All the 13 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) may vie as a single unit at the global university rankings in order to hold a position among top universities of the globe, as said by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

    Higher education secretary, Ashok Thakur dropped a hint by saying that the idea is to position the IITs as a single unit much like the IIT brand which has become an entity in itself for finding a place among the top three best institutes the world-over.

    International ranking agencies including Times Higher Education and QS World University Ranking are soon to be intimated accordingly, said Thakur.

    He added that the Central universities and other institutes can infer how the IITs struggle to position themselves in the ranking list.

    In the global ranking list IITs have always missed to mark a cut and that always has been a matter of intense debate in various forums, much more after seeing their academic reputations.

    President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has also talked about the same and expressed his concerns upon these institutes not being able to hold position in the top league.

    In the past, Thakur had spoken of engaging nodal professors by IITs aimed to coordinate with international ranking agencies and len a hand in helping to place the country's institutes among the top league.

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