IIT-DELHI: AFTER DIP IN RANKING, FOCUS ON ‘ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT’
Three Indian institutes have made it to the top 200 of the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings which are released on Wednesday i.e., June 10, 2020. The three institutes are IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, and IIT Delhi. However, not a single Indian institute got a position in the 100 universities of QS World University ranking.
Among the top 10 institutes to have generated unicorns, IIT-Delhi boost up the efforts in creating start-ups. IIT Delhi said such attributes are not captured by traditional ranking matrices, but they certainly resonate with national development missions.
Right after the statement that the IITs had dipped in both THE and QS Rankings this year, the latest statement is issued regarding the premier institute who add focusing on building an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ or ‘self-reliant India’. The statement explained that such peculiarities are not captured by traditional ranking matrices, they certainly resonate with national development missions.
The statement further added that the present global scenario has raised a spectre of numerous challenges wherein the country’s emphasis on self-reliant India or Aatmanirbhar Bharat promises to bring out the best that we have to offer. It would catapult us in a league where we can be seen building a new and confident India.
IIT Delhi claimed that it can contribute to India’s efforts towards self-reliance. The IIT contended to be among the top 10 global institutes producing the most unicorn founders and being a leader in the number of start-ups created by its students and alumni and the total funds raised by these start-ups.
Moreover, the institute has invested over Rs 350 crore in the last few years to solve grand challenges by leveraging high-tech research facilities. It is mentioned that the ongoing response to COVID-19 pandemic by researchers and start-ups at IIT Delhi to mitigate the many risks of the disease by developing and deploying diagnostic kits, PPEs, masks, etc, affirms to the inherent strength of the institute to be able to rise to any challenge.
IIT Delhi, Director, Prof Ramgopal, commented that their goal at IIT-Delhi is to produce more job providers rather than job seekers. Every second student at IIT-Delhi is now dreaming of becoming an entrepreneur. The institute is supporting them in all possible ways. At least 10 initiatives they launched in the last four years are to support the entrepreneurship ecosystem on the campus.
They further mentioned that they are also helping their faculty to turn into entrepreneurs using the deep-tech research they carry out in their laboratories.