With the concern about Indian universities not figuring among top 100 academic establishments in the world, T. Ramasami, secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, said that the the country would attempt to scale up innovations in the coming years. Addressing the annual convocation of Jadavpur University, Ramasami said such ranking of universities was "valuable and most relevant" in modern times.
"There is a tendency in the world to rank universities based on metrics. Such measurements are valuable and most relevant in the context of modern times. Indian universities do not figure among the 'Top 100' universities in the world. Some of us are rightly concerned," says Ramasami. Stating that one of the parameters used for these global rankings is the number of international students enrolled in the institutions, Ramasami stressed on the "universality of education." "This is an indicator of the education process being relevant to different social contexts and geographical needs," he added.
Governor M.K. Narayanan was also present at the ceremony and he suggested that bringing in faculty from abroad would help Indian universities to attain a place in top 100 institutions of the world. Emphasizing on keeping politics away from educational institutions, Narayanan, who is also the Chancellor of all State universities, said there was need to "strengthen discipline" and "observe restraint."