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Education, Research and Innovation News from India


May 2013



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Welcome to the May 2013 edition of the Education, Research and Innovation news from India. Highlights in this issue include the development of an indigenous rotavirus vaccine and some information on the growth of multinational R&D centres in India. News on health, space, environment and energy are also covered. The range of information and topics covered in this newsletter will be gradually increased. If there are any topics you would particularly like to see covered, please let us know. You will find our contact details at the end of the newsletter.

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India seeks to improve university rankings In a bid to woo more research, faculty members and foreign students to Indian universities, India is set to engage with international university ranking agencies and seek their expertise on improving the scanty presence of India’s higher education institutes in global ranking lists. In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings of 2012-13, there were only three Indian institutes in the top 400 and the best of them was the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kharagpur, which was at 226-250. The other two were IIT Bombay and IIT Roorkee. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities conducted by China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University, only the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, figured in the top 500. India is working towards developing a knowledge economy and the absence of Indian institutions in the top 200 in global ranking lists is considered an embarrassment by the Indian authorities. They argue that there is no pint in being dismissive about rankings and the need of the hours is to understand why Indian institutions are not there. THE World University Rankings is one of the agencies engaging with India. It aims to increasing awareness about ranking, evaluations and global benchmarking; improving relationships with Indian universities; and helping institutes recognize their weaknesses besides assisting them in developing a strategy to overcome this. Currently a dozen Indian institutions participate in the THE rankins and it is expected that this number will increase to 30 in the coming years. In internationalizing the Indian education system, showcasing Indian institutions through high rankings could attract more students. Currently some 10,000 foreign students pursue higher education in India, of which a quarter study engineering and management and officials hope that this number could be multiplied several fold if the institutions were ranked higher.

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