Updated on Jun 24, 2014 - 11:23 a.m. IST by Prabha Dhavala
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Students of IIT Bombay not happy with the QS World University Rankings for their institute took the time to analyse the parameters set in store and claim that the rankings are not accurate at all. 

Claiming that IIT B is ahead of IIT Delhi on at least three parameters, the students say that IIT Delhi has still been ranked higher by the ranking agency.The data available for the QS World Rankings 2012 was analyzed by the students to check the truth in it. They then took the data for IIT Bombay to compare it with the data on IIT Delhi. They even compared the National University of Singapore (NUS), one of the top ranked universities in Asia with IIT Bombay in one parameter.

They found that the agency placed a weightage of 40% on academic reputation and 10% to employer reputation. The students say that IIT B has fared better than IIT D on both the parameters from the data taken from the QS World Rankings website for the year 2012. As per the data, IIT-B scored 183 for academic reputation and IIT-Delhi 215 while for employer's reputation IIT-B had a score of 65 and IIT-D 75.

The other parameter looked into is the student-faculty ratio (SFR), with a 20% weightage where the students feel IIT-B has a better ratio. The argument of the IIT B students goes that the fewer the students per faculty member, the higher should be the score for this parameter.

QS has presented the normalised scores for SFR at 81.4, 35.4 and 28.9 for NUS, IIT-Delhi and IIT-Bombay, respectively. The students independently though arrived at the SFRs of 17, 18 and 15, respectively showing a lack of correlation between the raw data and the normalized scores of QS.

The citations per faculty are another parameter that is the dampener in the ranking of the IIT Bombay. IIT Bombay doesnot enforce a strong and standard convention for stating the names. Hence IIT Bobay has been addressed in various ways like IIT-Bombay, I.I.T. Bombay, IIT-Powai and IITB to name a few. This is where the scores are less.

InSight - the IIT B in-house student magazine  has the comparative report on the QS World Rankings published in its latest issue. With the advent of media attention on the QS World Rankings and the subsequent comparative report by the IIT B students, Nivvedan, editor of InSight advises against using these rankings as gospel. The students also feel that with the inconsistencies prevelant in the rankings and the data used for the same, students should go a bit cautious before assuming them to be the truth.


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