When PM Narendra Modi came into power in 2014, the country had just recovered from the shocks of scams. Massive mandate to PM Narendra Modi was not just numbers but a huge expectation from people of India, especially the Youth who came out to vote for PM Narendra Modi. The Youth of India wanted to see a change and hence voted for development of the country. Over last three years, Narendra Modi Government have been talking and discussing of development work in progress. Initiatives like Digital India, Skill India, Make in India were seen as Game Changer for Indian Youth. PM Narendra Modi personally took these initiatives and showcased them on various platforms like Mann Ki Baat, Narendra Modi App and so on.
Unfortunately, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 of top 1,000 universities in the world tells a different story. Some of the premier Indian institutes such as IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore have slide down in the rankings to lower bands. Not a single Indian institute was able to make it to the top 100 list.
With questions still resounding within the corridors of education and skill development regarding the dip in engineering seats in the country, the latest world university rankings released further raise questions over the quality of education in India.
As for the Indian Universities, the dive kicks them out of the Top 200. This year, India’s representation has also declined, from 31 institutions to 30, while eight of its universities have slipped to a lower band. The Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has been placed anywhere between 251-300. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has been listed 351-400 category. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee have been listed in 501-600 category. Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, University of Delhi and Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati made it to the 601-800 list.
The older IIT, IIT Madras has shifted further down out of the 600 range and accompanies Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University and Delhi University as well as IIT Guwahati. At the same hand, the Chinese Universities have risen considerably within the ranking, finding 7 slots within the Top 200.
Indian institutes lag on the internationalisation front. Government policy strictly limits the number of students from abroad who can study in India and prevents international scholars from being hired into long-term faculty positions. With less improvement in Infrastructure, Facilities and Research PM Narendra Modi Government has failed to live up to the dream of the Youth of India. We hope, the Government takes this dip in ranking seriously and takes concrete steps to focus not just on ranking but to give a better future to the Youth of India.