Indian universities should be part of surveys that rank such educational institutions,the Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Hyderabad University,Ramakrishna Ramaswamy,said on Saturday before congragulating Panjab University (PU) on being ranked among the top 250 universities in the world in a recent Times Higher Education survey.
Speaking on the sidelines of the second day of the 73rd Annual Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc) annual meeting,Professor Ramaswamy said that taking part in the surveys helps Indian universities get access to public funds. He,however,said that accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) should be mandatory for all universities.
PU provides a wide and elaborate undergraduate programme,which caters to a number of students,which added up to its scores in the survey, Professor Ramaswamy said highlighting that it is such parameters that make all the difference. University of Hyderabad is a leading university in research,but we do not have enough foreign students,nor do we have undergraduate programmes, said Professor Ramaswamy.
University of Hyderabad was recently ranked seventh,even above the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in a survey published by India Today. It is also significant to note that University of Hyderabad only provides post graduate and doctoral studies and offers integrated courses.
Integrated courses provide an extensive and comprehensive study of all related disciplines to students,and discourages narrowing down of knowledge to one subject,unlike the separate graduate and post graduate programs provided in other universities, Ramaswamy said.
On the decreasing level of interest in science among the students,Ramaswamy said the challenge before the universities is to re-define goals and infuse interest towards research.