Panjab University (PU) slipped 26 places to finish at the 39th position with a score of 32.9 in the 2015 BRICS (the five emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and other emerging economies ranking, published by Times Higher Education. The university dropped three places to finish at the fourth place in the country, of 11 institutes which made it to the list of top-100.
In the 2014 ranking, PU had secured the top position in the country and the 13th in e poll of BRICS and emerging economies.
The varsity dropped its score on all indicators — teaching, international outlook, industry income, research and citations compared to previous rankings. It scored 23.7 points in teaching, which were 25.8 in the last ranking. In research, it secured 10.5 points. For citations, PU secured 84.4 points, while in industry and international outlook, PU got 28.3 and 29.2 points, respectively.
Reasons for the slide
Experts said the change in the methodology on deciding the rankings led to PU slipping in ranking. In these rankings, the weight assigned to citations has been reduced from 30% to 20%, while the weight for industry income and innovation has been increased from 2.5% to 10%. The weight for international outlook has been increased from 7.5% to 10%.
PU vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover said, “Citation is one of our strengths and its weight was reduced, while the weight of other indicators in which the university is not that good has been increased. We also lag behind in garnering industry income as compared to other institutes.”
PU’s bid to project its strength of teachers and students seems to have hit its rank. In the data it provided to the publisher, the varsity included students enrolled with University School of Open Learning (USOL). There are around 15,000 students on campus, with another 20,000 pursing education through correspondence.
The figures disturbed the teacher-student ratio and also showed PU in poor light in other aspects of teaching indicator. “We did not hide any information and provided all details,” said Grover.
Rank in India
Overall score 32.9 40.2
Teaching 23.7 25.8
Research 10.5 14
Citations 84.4 84.7
Industry income 28.3 28.4
International 29.2 29.3