A closer look at the just released QS World University rankings 2015 shows that institutes like Mumbai University and IIT Bombay are severely lacking in parameters like international faculty and international students. Mumbai University, which has managed an abysmal 700-plus ranking, also scores poorly in academic reputation at 55.7 per cent. However, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Banglore, has made it to the top 200.
The QS rankings comprise six indicators, including academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio. “Higher education today is global and universities have to compete globally. These lists affect the decisions of students, policy-makers, research collaborators and funding agencies among others. We should have an inclination to participate. IISc, this year, has scored big on the international faculty parameter, it has got 99.3 per cent, and student-faculty ratio is 84.4 per cent,” said an academician from Mumbai University.
Mumbai University’s rankings have dipped in the last few years. It was 601 in 2013 and 551 in 2014. IIT Bombay, on the other hand, put up a good show in employer reputation – it scored 87.5 per cent. In academic reputation, the institute scored 62.3 per cent and 65.6 per cent in faculty-student ratio. Overall, it is positioned at 202, up from 222 last year.