Ideas to improve the rankings and ratings of your universities and colleges by the Chairman of AICTE
Why do we not have a substantial number of Indian Institutions in global top 100 rankings despite we have more than 900 university and more than 41,000 colleges here in India?
Let me share, what Dr Anil Shasrabudhe, the chairman of All India Council for Technical Education, says about improving the status of Indian Universities and Colleges at the global canvas.
I am not joking.
You are going to go through the sayings of Dr Sahsrabudhe himself to help you improve the rankings and ratings of your college or university.
Oh, My Gosh!!! Isn’t it amazing?
I got an opportunity to hear him on this topic and thought of sharing excerpts with you. My understanding is limited to the administrative systems of the universities and colleges, but I have tried to put in whatever I could understand as it may help some of the people.
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On April 15, 2018, I was invited to speak at Leaders Conclave 2018. organised by #FLARE and #IndianEducationNetwork.
Being the founder of EdMonks, an organisation working on future of the education and the workplace, I was invited to share my ideas on ‘Future of Careers’, our program for top brass in higher education institutions, and I was also expected to speak on a panel ‘Innovation in School education leading to overall transformation of school students’.
And I got this wonderful opportunity to listen to a bunch of wonderful speakers from the school and the higher education.
At the beginning of the conference, through a special address, the chancellor of Shobhit University Mr Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra mentioned that “whenever we talk about educational improvement, we should first talk about School education”.
Dr Sahsrabudhe, later reiterated the same point and said, “yes, we should first talk School and thereafter Higher education”.
I was overwhelmed and felt connected.
Dr Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE was present in the conference among other eminent speakers to deliver the keynote address.
Through his keynote address, Dr Sahasrabudhe emphasized the importance of improving Global Rankings and Ratings of Indian Universities and colleges
I feel honoured to get the opportunity to listen to this amazing Gyan and to also get the opportunity to share my thoughts from the same dais what if from a different panel.
Not only he iterated the process of these global university rankings and ratings, he also suggested ways to improve upon them.
The session was amazing for a person like me and I am sure it would have been equally amazing even for the seasoned leaders in higher education.
We barely see an Institution from India in top 100 global ranking.
He mentioned three key parameters for these global rankings
First, he mentioned the amount of investment in a university, a key measure in international rankings and ratings.
Second, he told about International exposure at the university. That means how many faculty members or students are coming from abroad.
The third point he emphasized upon was Research. He mentioned, how a few research papers from India still get a lot of citations, however, the number is really very small.
And then he shared a lot of ideas and initiatives by AICTE and other government agencies that may help universities and colleges to improve their rankings and ratings in a global marketplace.
I am trying to put in my understanding as here below
The ratings metrics of international rating agencies does not mention Investment as an explicit metrix. But almost all the things that they evaluate may not be fullfilled without adequate investment.
Be it the international faculty, international students, On campus research, Institutional Brand, Placement records, almost all the things need a huge investment.
I perssonally consider this as a big hinderance for getting our universities and colleges in the top ranking.
I mean, in a dearth of an adequate investment, a self-financed university might not have any alternative to raise its rankings substantially and be more identifiable in the global market. The answer to Money is money only. So we need to develop makeshift arrangements and hacks, juxtaposing the hunt for a real solution.
The Dearth of International Exposure
The gap between the incoming and the outgoing number of students here in India is huge. While millions of students go abroad for education from India, merely 40,000 odd students come here to join the Higher Education Institutions in India.
This gap is obviously huge and he mentioned it as one of the prime reason for low rankings and ratings of our universities and colleges on a global level.
Same is the situation on international faculty members. It has been very difficult to invite worthy international faculty members.
Out of the various schemes by AICTE, he specially mentioned ‘Institution of Excellence’ and GYAN.
A few chosen universities will be given a tag of ‘The Institution of Excellence’ that may help improve their brand in the international market and help them woo more international students.
Although people have mixed feelings about it especially because it may undermine the possibilities of other institution. Also, if an institution with low willingness will be awarded with such a tag, it may effectively give negative movement in the total number.
But for sure it may be a hack to test the waters.
GYAN, on the other hand, was a grant program for universities through which they can invite international educators for short duration and may ask the government for facilitating the expenditure through this funding.
To me, it looks like a quick-fix, that may give a kind of international exposure to a few students.
I personally do not see much work from India in the fundamental research. The irony is that the work even on the experimental or industrial research is also not substantial.
He stressed on this point and asked for a strong focus on research.
What we need to understand that it is not enough to have just a few published paper in an A category journal because the ranking evaluation matrix call for Citation per Faculty, which means a university or a college would need research in all the departments.
A cross-functional research is what might be a good idea. Academicians and students should be given a feel of collaboration and understanding new topics related to their topic.
Ratings and Rankings
He mentioned about the National Institutional Rating Framework, where universities will get rated in three categories. He also mentioned the connection with the graded index of NAAC ratings and scores on a scale of 4 and how it may give huge autonomy benefits to the institutions.
Dr Sahsrabuddhe pressed on the importance to keep measuring your performance on your rankings and ratings.
He mentioned about the Washington Accord and about the National Board of Accreditation.
A few other things that he mentioned about were
National Digital Library
The National Digital Library of India (NDL India) has been initiated by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT), as a pilot project to develop a framework of a virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility.
10 point Agenda by AICTE
Curriculum revision, Student Induction Program and Teacher Training Program, Industry Institute Cell are a few key features of the 10 point quality improvement agenda by AICTE.
He mentioned about the importance of flipped learning, MOOCs and improving penetration of the internet in India. He also mentioned, how involvement in SWAYAM may help universities to improve upon rankings and ratings.
Smart India Hackathon
He also mentioned a little about this new idea that is about to launch.
I consider my self-fortunate as I got the opportunity to speak
Special mention to
Mr Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, Chancellor Shobhit University @shobhituniv
Prof B S Satyanarayana – Vice Chancellor BML Munjal University,
Dr Vijay Khare – Director International Savitri Bai Phule Pune University @vijaykhare95
Dr Palak Sheth, Director Planning & Development, Pt Deen Dayal Petroleum University,
Mr Santosh Karnanda Head Client relations QSIGA UGE,
Mr Manish Kumar Jindal CEO National Accreditation Board for Education & Training NABET,
Dr Pankaj Gupta Executive Director O P Jindal Global University and many more……