While seven first-generation IITs have decided to not participate in any of the Times Higher Education (THE) 2020 rankings, as many as 46 Indian institutions have already submitted the data for THE World University Ranking 2021, which will be released in September 2020.
The older IITs have cited data discrepancy and lack of transparency as major reasons for taking a step back from THE rankings. However, the second and third generations IITs have not released any official statement regarding their individual decisions.
“While QS rankings place Indian institutions under the top 200 bracket, THE does not even rank the same institutions under top 300. There has been growing inconsistency and we have been unable to understand the methodology adopted by THE. The discrepancy has been misguiding the public, especially the aspiring students,” said director of one of the older IITs while talking to Education Times.
The IITs are willing to reconsider their decision if provided with satisfactory details on the methodology followed by THE. “We are not against any global rankings, and we would be readily available for any discussion pertaining to THE rankings,” the director added.
IITs have been consistently globally representing India on a global scale with high rankings and the decision to not participate in THE could have adverse effects on the country’s international outlook.
“If leading universities in a nation with such a proud heritage of scholarly excellence and with such huge opportunities for economic growth, decline to take part in the gold standard rankings, we believe it would be detrimental to those institutions, and to India as a whole,” read an official statement by THE.
Phil Baty, chief knowledge officer, THE, has denied providing any additional remark on the issue. “We have agreed that the official statement will be our only comment on this as things stand, as we believe it is comprehensive and we have not had an opportunity to discuss this directly with the IITs,” he said.