Behind historic top-100 rank, IISc’s new research course

In its engineering streams, IISc has seen a surge in collaborative research with industries, forging alliances with global players in the telecom, automobile and aviation sector.

Written by Johnson T A | Bengaluru | Published: November 16, 2015 1:12 am
IISc-759 Indian Institute of Science.

A new undergraduate course in research and close attention to details required to enter the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings for engineering and technology universities helped the Indian Institute of Science enter the top 100 rankings for the first time ever for an Indian university, according to IISc director Anurag Kumar.

Bengaluru-based IISc was ranked at 99 in the annual rankings of the top 100 engineering and tech universities by the London-based Times Higher Education last week. No Indian university has figured in the top 100 list for engineering and technology universities in the past.

Although IISc has figured at the highest position for Indian universities in the THE overall world university rankings in the past with a ranking between 276-300 in 2014-15, the institute has never entered the top 100 rankings for engineering and technology universities.

“We have not had the time to compare our rankings in the past with the 2016 rankings. What has given us a good ranking in my view is the completion of the first batch of our undergraduate programme and attention to providing complete data required for the rankings. The completion of the first batch of the UG programme has got us into the ranking,” IISc chief Kumar said.

The four-year undergraduate BSc (research) course is a multi-disciplinary programme that combines science and engineering lessons, and prepares students to meet the vocational and research demands of the modern technology world.

For its ranking at 99 in the THE list of engineering and technology universities, IISc was, like other universities, evaluated on five parameters — teaching, international outlook, industry income, research and citations. An overall percentage of marking was also provided.

IISc, which never figured in these rankings in previous years, got an overall tally of 49.3 out of a maximum possible 100 while the top Asian university — the National Technological University of Singapore ranked at 13 — got an overall tally of 88.5 marks.

With a 8:2 student teacher ratio and one per cent international students in its 3,318 population, IISc got a 60.7 per cent marking for teaching, 21.2 for international outlook, 48.8 for industry income, 46.7 for research and 42.4 for citations.

In its engineering streams, IISc has seen a surge in collaborative research with industries, forging alliances with global players in the telecom, automobile and aviation sector.

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