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Indian universities need place in global rankings: NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant 

The Economic Times , Oct 30, 2018

“If India wants to develop a Brand India in education, it needs to become the education and research hub of the world… [And] its universities need to have a place in global university rankings,” said Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, the government’s policy think-tank.

Currently, three Indian institutions feature in the top 200 of the QS World University Rankings of 2019, all three of which were awarded the ‘Institute of Eminence’ tag by the government in July this year. None features in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

He said that the government’s initiatives like awarding the tag of ‘Institutes of Eminence’ to universities were “critical” and said that this was so that India could have at least 10 institutions in the top 200 global rankings of universities in 15 years’ time.

Kant reiterated that only government institutions would receive additional funding of Rs.1000 crore in the next ten years.

Kant said institutions need autonomy to develop cutting-edge technology and courses. He was speaking at the fourteenth edition of the Higher Education Summit held in the city.

Kant also said that the government was promoting foreign collaboration, as institutions did not require the approval of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to have academic collaborations with foreign universities. He said that the government’s move to allow multiple accreditation agencies apart from the existing government-funded National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) would foster competition and increase credibility of grading.

He also said that higher education institutions needed to bring in the best talent and faculty. They should highlight India’s strengths like traditional sciences, development studies, creating start-ups, hospitality and native arts. Institutes should support innovation and incubate start-ups. They need develop an ecosystem for high-quality research, he said.

Kant also said that the private sector had grown considerably to make up 38% of all university-level institutions, and 78% of all colleges and 75% of standalone institutions in India.

 

 

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