Focus on research helped IIT Chennai get into top 250 rankings

By Shweta

IIT Chennai has improved its ranking and has jumped from 254th position in 2015 to 249th position in 2016 in the QS rankings. It is the only Indian institution which has improved its QS rankings this year.


Ben Sowter, head of research at the QS intelligence unit, finds less research as one prominent reason for the fall of ranking of Indian institutions. He said that India has relatively low Ph.D qualified researchers and fewer researchers from abroad.

The international rankings take teaching, research, citations, infrastructure and international exposure as the parameters to judge an institution. The research work of IIT Chennai has increased in recent times. The director of IIT chennai has attributed the improved ranking to the increased number of Ph.D scholar intakes.

"Until three years ago we were admitting 200-250 candidates every year, which has risen up to 400-450 now. This will improve our research output," said Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director of IIT Chennai.

IIT Chennai has improved research scholar intakes

Why is there less inclination towards research in India?

The question keeps repeating itself every now and then. Why is there less research in IITs and why are students in India are not willing to take up Ph.D instead of taking up a job?

The stipend for junior research fellows in AICTE and centrally funded institutes is Rs. 25000 per month and senior research fellow is Rs. 28000 per month which used to be much lower before 2015. Even after this hike, it is tough for a hard working individual to give up a lucrative job where you get an every year hike in pay and pursue research work.

The quality of professors in the premier institutes of India is often questioned and the shortage of teachers in colleges like IITs is an issue of concern. This can be attributed to the low salary and infrastructure provided to them for research work which fails to meet up the international standards.

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