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The reform plan presented today emphasises that attention must be paid to the poor performance of Indian universities in the global rankings and take note of the criteria required to succeed in world ranking, especially the importance of research and publications. Pixabay

A 10-point ambitious growth and reform plan for Indian universities was presented on Monday at an event here to enable them to achieve global rankings.

This plan was presented by the Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, Prof C. Raj Kumar and Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director (Middle East, North Africa & South Asia) QS Quacquarelli Symonds and CEO, QS IGAUGE Indian College University Ratings.


Both the experts emphasized the need for Indian higher educational institutions to be at par with their international counterparts and also invest in strategies, vision and infrastructure to ensure they break into globally recognised international rankings.

The reform plan presented today emphasises that attention must be paid to the poor performance of Indian universities in the global rankings and take note of the criteria required to succeed in world ranking, especially the importance of research and publications.


This plan was presented by the Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, Prof C. Raj Kumar and Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director (Middle East, North Africa & South Asia) QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Flickr

Other factors that influence ranking include academic innovation, intellectual freedom, and research excellence are constantly promoted. In addition, internationalisation is an important criterion for breaking into the global rankings.

This includes measures on the number and influence of international students, international faculty, global engagements and partnerships on research, teaching, and faculty and student exchange. The global ranking frameworks have increasingly become an indicator of the institutional quality of higher education institutions and are a powerful measure of real-world impact of universities and their role as knowledge creators, the expert said.

“Global rankings have emerged as a dominant way of measuring their performance. There is today a serious debate on the need for Indian universities to be in the top 200 universities of the world and the urgency of seeking reforms that will pave the way for promoting excellence in higher education and research. It is important that Indian universities embrace the international rankings framework as well as international accreditation processes which will benchmark Indian universities with the world class universities in many countries,” explained Prof C. Raj Kumar.

The challenges related to higher education in India deserve urgent attention and require determined responses, he added.

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“In the next decade, international ranking systems will influence the quality assurance and accountability with more government policies focusing on quality assurance systems and academic standards,” said Fernandes.

He added that the scholar community should actively enter debates about the assessment of academic standards and the design framework and the use of rankings and ratings.

Due to the simplicity of their representation of evidence and sophisticated validation measures, these exhaustive quantitative methodologies will be accepted as reliable measures in redefining the overall quality and accountability in higher education, he added.


Both the experts emphasized the need for Indian higher educational institutions to be at par with their international counterparts and also invest in strategies, vision and infrastructure to ensure they break into globally recognised international rankings. Flickr

The central government has recognised JGU as an “Institution of Eminence”. JGU is an initiative of the Jindal Steel & Power Foundation.

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Founded in 2009, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) is a non-profit global and research-oriented university established by the government of Haryana and recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC). (IANS)


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Tokyo Olympics 2020 Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar enter semi finals.

Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) enjoyed fruitful outings at the Tokyo Olympic Games as they secured semifinal berths in their respective weight categories at the Makuhari Messe on Wednesday.

On the opening day of the wrestling competition, Ravi Kumar defeated Bulgaria's Georgi Vangelov 14-4 on technical superiority to reach the last-four in the men's 57kg category, while compatriot Deepak Punia overcame China's Zushen Lin 6-3 on points to advance to the semifinals.

Ravi Kumar will take on Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the last-four, while Punia will be up against David Morris Taylor of the USA.

Earlier, Ravi Kumar had won his opening-round bout by technical superiority against Colombia's Oscar Tigreros to secure a quarterfinal spot. Competing in the Round-of-16 bout against the Colombian wrestler, the 23-year-old Ravi Kumar, who is making his Olympic debut, showed no nerves as he dominated the bout to win by technical superiority (13-2).

Ravi Kumar landed attack after attack and went 13-2 up, winning the bout by technical superiority with minutes to spare. In wrestling, building up a 10-point lead over the opponent results in a victory by technical superiority.

India's 86kg freestyle wrestler Deepak Punia showed no signs of the niggle that had forced him to pull out of the Poland Open Ranking Series in Warsaw in June, as he defeated Nigeria's Ekerekeme Agiomor on technical superiority to secure a quarterfinal berth.

He got his Olympic campaign to a fine start as he was in control from the start of the bout and hardly ever allowed his Nigerian opponent any room to maneuver his moves, finally winning with a 12-1 on technical superiority.

Punia, who had also suffered an elbow injury just before the Games, was slow at the start but came into his own as the bout progressed, inflicting takedowns at regular intervals to earn points.

The Indian wrestler eased into a 4-1 lead at the break and extended his lead comfortably in the second period.

Punia, the silver medallist from the 2019 world wrestling championships, then set up a clash with China's Lin Zushen in the quarterfinals and defeated him 6-3.

(IANS/HP)


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