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HRD Ministry and IIT to frame own university ranking system

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IIT to frame own university ranking system

In the 48th meeting between HRD Minister and IIT Council at IIT Madras, it has been decided that universities have to frame their own ranking system for the Indian institutions.

In the latest report released by the QS World University Rankings 2014, it has been noted that Indian universities have not made it to the top 200. IIT Bombay has been placed in the 222nd position and IIT Delhi at 235th position in the rankings.

HRD Ministry, Secretary, Ashok Thakur said that IITs will take the leadership in framing the ranking system for Indian universities. For now, IITs will be working with central universities on a rough framework to be completed by this December 2014. The final ranking system will be ready by March 2015, and parameters will be fixed for judging the ranking of universities. It will also be expanded to include all the institutions affiliated to UGC and AICTE.

"IITs are institutions and do not have characteristics of a university on which the ranking system is based," says former Anna University vice-chancellor and chairman (board of governors) at IIT-Kanpur, M Anandakrishnan.

Anandakrishnan said, "We will take the international parameters such as faculty-student ratio, publications, citations, industry-academic collaborations, social development and many more."

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