Friday, August 22, 2014

Ranking of educational institutions to include social responsibilities

The ranking system of higher educational institutions being evolved by IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) will also factor in their social responsibilities. Since all institutions — from elite IITs to general state universities — give reservation to students, it should not become a negative point while assessing the quality of an institution, sources said.

A workshop on the ranking system decided to set up a committee to oversee the process. It was attended by vice-chancellors of central universities, directors of IITs/NITs and senior officials from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT-Madras and Partha P. Chakrabarti, Director, IIT-Kharagpur, who are resource persons for the scheme, apprised the workshop about the merits of having a scientific ranking system. They also dwelt on the international ranking system like the one done by Time, UK.

Many VCs pointed out that unlike in the West, education in India is not a business and falls more in the realm of social responsibility. "We have to teach subjects that might not be found attractive for ranking purposes and might bring down the rank of a university by a few notches. Indian ranking should keep that into account rather than blindly following the western model," said VC of a central university. Another VC said, "It is a good move and will help in separating reality from perception. Many universities are still living off their legacy. A broad common parameter should be evolved so that technical and non-technical institutions are on the same plane."

The seeds of Indian ranking system grew out of a conference of VCs of central universities organized by Rashtrapati Bhavan in February. President Pranab Mukherjee had asked central universities to benefit from the expertise of IITs in ranking process. He had also asked them to create a designated cell and appoint a nodal officer to work on the ranking system.

Source: The Times of India, August 22, 2014

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