Global rank of UoP dips further

Ranking among Asian varsities stagnant; marginal rise in Employer Reputation score

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:September 11, 2013 3:17 am

University of Pune (UoP) has a reason to worry about. The varsity’s global ranking has dipped to 701+ this year as compared to last year’s abysmally low 601+. As per the QS World University Rankings that were declared recently,the university’s ranking among Asian varsities remained stagnant between180 and 200 for over past one year.

However,the varsity’s Employer Reputation score went up marginally from 38.30 last year to 42.60 this year.

The university rankings are published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) every year and are considered to be one of the most influential and widely observed international rankings.

While UoP Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo Gade could not be reached for his reaction on the rankings,Vijay Khare,Head,International Students Centre,UoP,said such global rankings were ineffective tools to judge performance of Indian institutions.

“Different parameters set for global rankings often prove irrelevant in Indian context. Despite taking into account academic excellence,global rankings invariably fail to assess credentials of our institutions properly. Online measures are mostly used to gauge institution’s performance displayed on official websites. If we fail to display our performance on websites,we are poorly ranked,” he told Newsline.

Khare said autonomous nature of foreign education sector as compared to largely government-controlled Indian education system,coupled with factors like easy access to Nobel laureates as resource person in other countries that translates into institute’s excellence in research,proves decisive in ranking

institutes.

He said performances of affiliated colleges are very often not compiled properly,resulting in negative impact on university’s excellence.

Meanwhile,no Indian university has figured among the world’s top 200. Among Indian institutions,IIT,Delhi bagged the highest ranking at 222. Two other institutes – IIT,Bombay and IIT,Kanpur – made it to the top 300 with ranks 233 and 295,respectively. IIT,Madras has been ranked 313 while IIT,Kharagpur 346. Around 11 Indian institutes have been ranked in the top 800 in the global list.

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