Every dark cloud has a silver lining. This phrase holds true for the Indian education scenario, especially the status of higher education in our country. Amidst criticisms on the inadequate teaching faculty, undue political interference, lack of funds, etc., Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi) has been able to ascend several positions in the ladder of the Global University Employability Ranking from its 145th position last year.
The report ranked IIT Delhi at 53rd position globally. This development translates IIT Delhi, being one of the top 100 institutes, making a giant leap of 92 positions.
Many readers might not know what ‘The Global University Employability Ranking is? Developed by the French HR consultancy Emerging, this ranking is published annually by the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE). For those who are also clueless about ‘THE,’ well it is one of the leading weekly publications of London & specializes in news related to higher education. As Indians, it makes us proud that an Indian academic institution is steadily rising the ladder. IIT Delhi is now
among the top 100, in a group of 150 institutes ranked worldwide for employability.
Times Higher Education followed a transparent yet strict procedure to conclude the ranking. A survey was conducted online by a couple of panels comprising participants who cast their votes. In a matter of five months, from May to September, the two panels cast around 75,000 votes. These panels
mainly constituted of respondents from 22 countries across the globe – Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, South Korea, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Sweden, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa and the USA.
The question may arise who these respondents are? They primarily represented employers who had previously recruited or were currently considering hiring graduates from the universities in question. According to THE, the two panels of respondents, in the past one year, have recruited over 250,000 candidates from the competing universities.
Director, IIT Delhi, Professor V Ramgopal Rao says that the institute focuses not only on making engineers out of young boys and girls but also aims at creating all-rounders. Professor Rao who has also worked as a PK Kelkar Chair professor (Department of Electrical Engineering), IIT Bombay says that the 53rd position in the Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking has come due to uber quality technical training provided. Candidates graduating from IIT Delhi prove not only to be sound engineers but also well-versed in extra-curricular activities. This distinction makes them extremely popular among recruiters and companies.
Students of IIT Delhi are being groomed to provide holistic technological solutions to problems in society. IIT Delhi’s primary focus has been to create a human resource that is both technically versed & creatively inclined. Only such human potential has the capability of affecting every profession positively, added Professor V Ramgopal Rao.
Some notable alumni of IIT Delhi are Predhiman Krishan Kaw, Founding Director, Institute of Plasma Research, Kiran Bedi, first female IPS officer of India, Yogesh Chander Deveshwar, Chairman, ITC, Sachin Bansal, founder of Flipkart, Sameer Gehlaut, Co-founder of Indiabulls, Chetan Bhagat, novelist, etc.