When you think international rankings, you generally think IITs, maybe IISc. But there are quite a few other Indian universities making it to the Times Higher Education Top 1000 global rankings 2018.
The list released in November 2017 has the following institutes on it:
— Panjab University in Chandigarh (Rank #601),
— Osmania University in Hyderabad (#800),
— Assam’s Tezpur University (#601),
— Andhra University in Vishakapatnam (#800),
— Savitribai Phule Pune University (#601),
— Jadavpur University in Kolkata (#601)
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
Universities across the country are beginning to work to achieve better industry participation and developing curricula. Also
for reasons ranging from increased industry participation to improved amenities and more transparent administrations is working for these lesser known institutes.
1. Tezpur University, for instance, was not featured in the Times rankings of the top 1000 universities in the world, until 2016. Starting last year, it implemented one-month induction programme for all teachers. The programme is not subject-specific and involves industry experts training teachers in student engagement, teaching methodology and smart classrooms.
2. Panjab University, two years ago, set up a ‘business park’ for student startups on campus. After two years they can either set up a company outside campus or take up a job in placements. Panjab University (PU) also involves students and faculty in administrative decision-making, via social media.
3. Hyderabad’s Osmania University is another new entrant to the Top 1000. The university has been offering several inter-disciplinary courses since 2015, through MOUs with different institutions. It also offers very niche Masters programmes in fields such as nanoscience, radiological physics and pharmaco informatics.
Good infrastructure, exchange programmes with foreign universities and funding for research are also making these universities a good Option A for students.