New Delhi, 14 October, 2019:A 10-point ambitious growth and reform plan for Indian Universities has been presented at an event in New Delhi today to enable them to achieve global rankings.
This plan was presented by the Founding Vice-Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, Prof (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar and Mr. Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director (Middle East, North Africa& South Asia) QS Quacquarelli Symonds and CEO, QS IGAUGE Indian College University Ratings. Both of them emphasized the need for Indian higher educational institutions to be at par with their international counterparts and also invest in strategies, vision, and infrastructure to ensure they break into globally recognized international rankings.
“Global rankings have emerged as a dominant way of measuring their performance. There is today a serious debate on the need for Indian universities to be in the top 200 universities of the world and the urgency of seeking reforms that will pave the way for promoting excellence in higher education and research. It is important that Indian universities embrace the international rankings framework as well as international accreditation processes which will benchmark Indian universities with the world-class universities in many countries,” explained Prof (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar. Today, the Times Higher Education World Universities Rankings, QS World University Rankings, and the Shanghai Jiatong Rankings have become part of the institutional aspirations for many universities and higher education institutions in India, he said. “The challenges related to higher education in India deserve urgent attention and require determined responses.”
“In the next decade, international ranking systems will influence the quality assurance and accountability with more government policies focusing on quality assurance systems and academic standards. The scholar community should actively enter debates about the assessment of academic standards and the design framework and the use of rankings and ratings. Due to the simplicity of their representation of evidence and sophisticated validation measures, these exhaustive quantitative methodologies will be accepted as reliable measures in redefining the overall quality and accountability in higher education,” said Mr Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director (Middle East, North Africa& South Asia) QS Quacquarelli Symonds and CEO, QS IGAUGE Indian College University Ratings.
Attention must be paid to the poor performance of Indian universities in the global rankings and take note of the criteria required to succeed in the world ranking, especially the importance of research and publications. Other factors that influence ranking include academic innovation, intellectual freedom, and research excellence are constantly promoted. In addition, internationalization is an important criterion for breaking into the global rankings. This includes measures on the number and influence of international students, international faculty, global engagements and partnerships on research, teaching, and faculty and student exchange. The global ranking frameworks have increasingly become an indicator of the institutional quality of higher education institutions and are a powerful measure of the real-world impact of universities and their role as knowledge creators.
ABOUT THE O.P. JINDAL GLOBAL UNIVERSITY
The Government of India has recognized JGU as an “Institution of Eminence”. JGU is an initiative of the Jindal Steel & Power Foundation.
Founded in 2009, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) is a non-profit global and research-oriented university established by the Government of Haryana and recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC). JGU maintains a 1:10 faculty-student ratio and appoints faculty members from India and different parts of the world with outstanding academic qualifications and experience. With over 5000 students studying and living on a fully residential campus, JGU’s eight schools are law, business, international affairs, public policy, liberal arts & humanities, journalism, art & architecture, and banking & finance. This year, JGU became the youngest Indian university to break into the QS World University Rankings 2020. JGU is the only Indian private university in the top 150 ‘young’ universities in the world (under 50 years of age) in the QS Young University Rankings 2020. JGU is the youngest University in the world to feature in both these rankings.
ABOUT QUACQUARELLI SYMONDS
Quacquarelli Symonds was founded in 1990 and has established itself as the leading global provider of specialist higher education and careers information and solutions. The activities of QS span across 50 countries. QS is headquartered in London and it has over 500 staff members. QS is best known for publishing the QS World University Rankings – one of the world’s most popular university ranking systems. QS is dedicated to a brighter future for the higher education world, helping students everywhere achieve their potential. Our mission statement supports who we are as a company “To enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfill their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development.