What do Sachin Tendulkar, the Tatas and Google have in common? Certainly, not the university that made them. At a panel discussion on the topic ‘We Don’t Need International Rankings to Prove Our Mettle’, MP Abhishek Mishra offered the audience a fresh perspective. “These people proved their mettle long before their rankings followed,” he said.
While the point raised inspired optimism in the room on the second day of the ThinkEdu Conclave, this did not take away the fact that a majority of Indian universities hold low rankings.
“Most students attend interview with spectacular degrees,” said Dilip Cherian, Co-founder of communications and PR group, Perfect Relations. “But moment they open the mouths, you realise they are just not ready to go.” Other reasons for the abysmal record suggested were limited funding, poor pay packages for teachers and a lack of multi-disciplinary institutions.
Prospect of an independent, India-formed ranking organisation was the solution put forth. Vijayakumar summed it up best when he said, “We need to establish our credibility at the national-level first before reaching for an international one.”