Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 20:
Not a single university from Odisha has figured in the list of 700 top ranking universities in the world published by a leading international organisation that monitors and ranks universities worldwide, puncturing the state government’s tall claims of having turned Odisha into an education hub.
The state government has gone for numbers without paying much attention to quality.
The Quacquarelli Symonds’ (QS) World University rankings 2015 released last week doesn’t feature a single university from Odisha among the 700 top universities ranked by it.
Currently, there are about 17 government and private universities in the state. Besides, the state has more than five Central institutions. Questions will inevitably be raised on the performance of these institutions.
While IITs have got better ranks in the ranking list, the IIT and NIT located in the state are not among the top 1,000 universities ranked in the list whereas IIT, Kharagpur and University of Kolkata in neighbouring West Bengal figure among the top 700 educational institutions ranked by the report.
Two Indian institutes have for the first time made it to the top 200 list of the world’s best universities. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, has taken the top spot among its Indian counterparts, bagging the 147th rank. The only other Indian institute to make it to the top 200 is Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, ranked 179th this year. It has made great progress from last year when it was ranked 235th in the world.
According to the QS World University Rankings 2015, there are 14 Indian institutions in the World University Rankings and half of them are among the global 400. Apart from IIS Bengaluru and IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay has been ranked 202, IIT Madras 254, IIT Kanpur 271, IIT Kharagpur 286 and IIT Roorkee 391 in the report. Failing to strengthen its infrastructure in the last one year, Delhi University has slipped from its earlier ranking of 430 in 2014 to 481 this year. Similarly, University of Calcutta has ranked between 601-650 maintaining status quo with its 2014 ranking. Mumbai University, which had ranked between 551-600, has slipped down to 701 this year.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world’s top university, closely followed by Harvard. The University of Cambridge is tied to Stanford University for the third place. London is the only city in the world with four universities in the top 50, more than Boston and New York (3 each) Paris, Sydney, Hong Kong and Beijing (2 each), with the London School of Economics and Political Science making the top 40 for the first time. Thirty-four countries are represented in the top 200.
The US is the dominant nation, with 49 institutions, ahead of the UK (30), the Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada, Australia, and Japan (8), China (7), France, Sweden and Hong Kong (5).