Top institutes from India, once again failed to make it to the list of best universities. Indian Institute of Science (IIS) Bangalore came 73 in the latest Reuters list of Top 75 of Asia's most innovative universities, whereas, two reputed institutes of India, IIT-Delhi and IIT-Mumbai are at the bottom.
"World-class campuses like IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay may have ranked much higher on the list if they weren't grouped in with smaller and newer institutes like IIT Tirupati and IIT Palakkad," said Reuters.
Why Indian Universities are lacking?
- Lack of adequate funding has weaken the infrastructure and facilities of various institutes in the country
- Absence of standardized salary system for the faculties and scholarships for the research scholars
- The constant intervention of the government and politicisation of the education system in the country are factors which have infringed the education policy of the universities
- Absence of modernized curriculum and syllabus
The BJP government presented a list of 82 topics including Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Kanya Kelavani, Gunotsav and MA Yojana, for the universities to induct in their PhD programs
Intrusion in the autonomy of the universities by the ruling government is also one of the main reasons for weakening the quality of education before the global audience. "The first and most important reform for world-class universities is to free them from the shackles of academic bureaucracy and from all forms of external intervention that impedes their growth and evolution," says C Raj Kumar, founding vice-chancellor of OP Jindal Global University.
"It will be a futile exercise to promote research and scholarship in universities and encourage faculty members to take research seriously without an equally important public policy commitment to have a better faculty-student ratio. This can help in reducing the teaching responsibilities so that they engage in research and knowledge creation," said C Raj Kumar.