The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) has been ranked above all the institutions in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations in the recently released ‘QS University Rankings: BRICS 2014’, as it has higher proportion of PhDs among its staff.
Twenty Indian educational institutions have featured in the latest ranking of BRICS.
Five Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) win places in the top 20 including IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Madras and IIT-Kharagpur. IITs are again by far the most successful representatives of the country’s higher education system.
Interestingly, the IIT Kharagpur has a higher proportion of PhDs among its staff than any university in the five countries, while another three Indian institutions feature in the top five on this measure.
On overall staffing levels, only Manipal University appears in the top 100 among the universities of the BRICS countries.
Other educational institutions from India in the list include University of Mumbai, University of Madras, Banaras Hindu University, Manipal University, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, University of Pune, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Calcutta University, Delhi University, Allahabad, Amity University, Anna University and Punjab University.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi reacting to the recent ranking identified the need to link research and education to the development needs of the country. He emphasised the need for India to evolve an independent ‘India Ranking’ metric which can then involve the SAARC nations as the existing systems are skewed towards Western Nations.
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