Not a single university from Odisha has figured in the list of 700 top ranking universities in the world, according to a global university ranking released recently.
But the state government always claims of having turned Odisha into an education hub.
The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings, which were first published in 2004, list more than 800 of the world’s top universities, based on six key performance indicators. The aim is to allow students to compare the best-performing universities in the world, sorted comprehensively by region, country and subject area.
Currently, there are about 17 government and private universities in the state. Besides, the state has more than five Central institutions. Questions will inevitably be raised on the performance of these institutions.
While IITs have got better ranks in the ranking list, the IIT and NIT located in the state are not among the top 1,000 universities ranked in the list whereas IIT, Kharagpur and University of Kolkata in neighbouring West Bengal figure among the top 700 educational institutions ranked by the report.
For the first time, two Indian institutes have found a place in the top 200 list of the world’s best universities. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, has been ranked 147th, and the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D), 179th.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has retained its position as the leading varsity in the world while no Indian institution could make it to the top 100.