Higher Education Supplement from London out of Times


Its easy to find out what is wrong to figure out what is right about the World's Top 200 Universities survey by London Times.

(I-Newswire) November 4, 2006 - The Sun does not set in the British empire is all past. In the top 10, there are only 3 UK Universities while the rest are from USA. So far so good.

Down the line, London Times has given 57th rank to Indian Institutes of Technology, India. Every one knows (hopefully) that there are over half a dozen IITs in India such as IIT Delhi, IIT Roorkee, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Guwahati, IIT Madras, IIT Bombay. Every one except the intellectuals of the Think (or Stink) Tank at London Times know that all IITs are not equal. London Times feel that all are at par in its rankings. What is the basis for clubbing all IITs as one? What a shame? For sure, London Times would not have heard of IIT like Institutions which are being proposed by the present government of India.

Further, the 68th position has been ear marked by London Times for Indian Institutes of Management. Every one knows (hopefully) that there are several IIMs in India such as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, IIM Calcutta, IIM Kozikode, IIM Bangalore etc. Every one except the intellectulas of the Think (or Stink) Tank at London Times know that all IIMs are not equal. For that matter IIMs are NOT at all universities. They do not offer degrees. They offer only Post Graduate Diplomas. They just run Management programmes only. At least the IITs offer degrees in various Engineering, Science etc. London Times feel that all are at par in its rankings. What is the basis for clubbing all IIMs as one? What a shame?

Surprise of surprise, Jawaharlal Nehru University "JNU" finds a place in the hundred and eighties. London Times might have heard of Jawaharlal Nehru for sure but not the University JNU. Its possible that whole lot of people in JNU had a heart attack and still undergoing treatment, when they came to know that they are close to 200 globally.

Its for sure that London Times had not heard of Institutions like Birla Institute of Technology & Science "BITS" Pilani, Indian Institute of Science "IISc" Bangalore etc. Asking London Times if they had heard of Indian School of Business "ISB" Hyderabad, will be like adding insult to injury. Ignorance is Bliss and that for sure applies to London Times.

Look at the basis for Times of London survey. 40% Peer Review, 20% Faculty citations in last 10 years, 20% staff/student ratio, 10% Recruiter Review, 5% for percentage of international students and 5% for percentage of international faculty. Its a known fact that umpteen number of Chinese and Indians are students and faculty at various USA and UK universities. While their home country universities suffer in rankings, these Chinese and Indians contribute to the rankings of USA and UK Universities. What a pity?

Oh Times of London, the Empire days are over and its time for you to wake up and explain your logic (rather the absence of it) for doing your global ranking of Universities.

If this continues, its for sure there will soon be a brand new famous Nursery Rhyme "London Times has fallen down, London Times has fallen Down"

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