Panjab University ahead of IITs in Global Rankings!
For the first time, Panjab University has broken into the top 400 club and forged ahead of the IITs in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2013-14.
Last year saw the presence of only two Indian Institutes in the top 400 ranks. Panjab University has made its debut this year with a bang being ranked between 226 and 250 placing it ahead of IIT Delhi, its closest Indian rival ranked in the 351-400 group. The other new entrant this year amongst the Indian Institutes is IIT Kanpur which also falls in the 351-400 group
Two other Indian Institutes in the list are IIT Kharagpur which fell in the rankings slipping from the 226-250 group to the 351-400 group and IIT Roorkee which maintained its position of last year in the 351-400 bracket
M M Pallam Raju, the Union minister of human resource development felt that the IITs and the IIMs are not multi-disciplinary institutes and that the IITs have done well in certain disciplines in the earlier rankings. But he said that IITs need to do better with more focus on aspects like research to improve their ranking.
Panjab University has done well in citation impact with good scores indicating that its academics are producing research which is widely used and valued by the academic community around the world as per Phil Baty, editor, Times Higher Education World University Rankings. He said that Panjab University though has not fared well on the research front. According to him, Indian Institutes have done well this year
As per the World University Rankings 2013-14 data, Panjab University scored 84.7 on citations, 29.3 on international outlook, 28.4 on industry income, 25.8 on teaching and 14.0 on research.
The top spot in the Global Ranking was retained by the California institute of Technology for the third year consecutively followed by Harvard University and University of Oxford sharing the second rank. Standford University slipped to the fourth spot from last year’s second position followed by MIT at the fifth place.