IIT-D strives to make it to top 100 world institutes by 2022

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IIT-D strives to make it to top 100 world institutes by 2022

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 | ABHINAV SINGH | New Delhi

After being decorated with the Institution of Eminence (IoE) tag from the Union Government, along with five others, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) aspires to make it to the top 100 institutes of the world in QS Ranking by 2022, for which it will focus on recruiting more international faculty and admitting more number of foreign students.

Highlighting its short-falls in the QS Ranking 2017 in which IIT-D has got 172 rank, Director, Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, said that IIT-D looses in QS Ranking on those parameters that are survey based but have performed better in measurable parameters. He attributes it to the "perception" as one of the major factors.

However, in its quest to further improve ranking globally, the IIT-D will focus more on its Post-Graduate and research programme rather than its most popular

undergraduate engineering program, though Rao admits that best of the brains in the field are still drawn towards alluring multinational jobs at the end of their graduation rather than towards research and higher studies.   "Usually they are driven by the peer pressure. They follow the foot-steps of their seniors and end up getting job at multinational company rather than going for research and higher studies," said Rao.

In its bid to achieve its target by 2022, IIT-D will focus more on attracting the faculty and students for research particularly from the ASEAN and SAARC nations. Notably, IIT-D has already launched joint Ph.D. program with universities in Australia, Taiwan and Canada. Also signing MoU's with the top two universities in Nepal is in the process.

IIT-D will get Rs 1000 crore as grant from the central Government under I.o.E and plans to generate Rs 1,500 crore on its own as part of its internal investment on I.o.E. For which the institute plans to get more sponsorships from Industry and pooling of endowments from the alumni.

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