Two Indian universities have featured in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) World’s Best Small Universities Ranking – 2016.
IIT- Guwahati is in the 14th place.
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Savitribai Phule Pune University is placed four spots below at the 18th position.
The California Institute of Technology stood first in the rankings.
Small universities are defined as those having fewer than 5,000 students, as well as offering teaching and research across more than four disciplines.
According to a report, THE rankings editor Phil Baty said, “India’s institutions are well represented in the World’s Best Small Universities Ranking 2016. Alongside Caltech, they demonstrate the world-class offering available at smaller institutions, no matter their location.”
IIT-G director Gautam Biswas told Times of India, “This is definitely a credit to the students, faculty and staff. The dedication of the IIT-G community made it possible. Now we have the responsibility to do better and that is possible only with cutting edge publication and research, which is the new paradigm.”
The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators.
Mr. Baty also said, “When it comes to universities, size matters. For some students big is best, but for others, a small university is the right option. Small universities can potentially offer students a more intimate environment, with more support and attention from lecturers, and more of a chance for students to spend time with the star professors, who, in bigger universities, may simply be too busy. The smaller university can also offer a greater sense of collegiality and community, where students are less likely to get lost in the crowd.”
Congratulations, IIT-G and Savitribai Phule Pune University. You have made us proud.