IIT Delhi beats UC Berkeley & University of Chicago in Times employability rankings, ranks 27th


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New Delhi: Indian technical institutions have topped two global employability rankings this year. After the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, for the first time, ranked in the 101-110 bracket in QS Graduate Employability rankings released September, IIT Delhi has ranked 27 on Times Higher Education global employability ranking. 

The list released Wednesday shows that IIT Delhi graduates are one of the most employable in the world. Even as it maintained the same position as last year, it beat stalwarts like the University of California Berkeley (32) and University of Chicago (33). 

The other institutes that made it to the top 100 are Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru (61) and IIT Bombay (97). Both these institutes have improved from their last year’s ranks of 71 and 128, respectively. 

Talking about IIT Delhi featuring in the top 50 institutes in employability ranking, V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT-D said this is because of the exhaustive nature of studies at IITs that students rank so high in terms of their employability factor.

“The data that Times Higher Education has used is based on the employer’s survey and it speaks volumes of the kind of rigour that IIT students go through and their ability to learn and adapt into any environment,” Rao told ThePrint.

IIT Delhi, Bombay rankings improve

According to a press statement by the Times Higher Education, it has ranked 250 universities spanning across 43 countries. Employers voted for institutions both in their own country and around the world, if they recruit internationally,” the statement read. 

The statement said the results show that employers are looking for graduates with strong digital literacy and subject specialism skills rather than focussing on the prestige of the university they attended.

It added that “there’s a whole host of countries that are rising stars when it comes to employability. Mainland China, France, India and Spain are among those countries and regions that rise while the United Kingdom (UK), US, India, and Israel stand out for their digital performance.”

IIT Delhi and Bombay have featured among the top 150 institutes in the QS rankings as well. Both institutions have improved their ranking from last year. While IIT Bombay moved up from its last year’s rank bracket of (110-120) to get in the 101-110 band, IIT-Delhi improved upon its last year’s band of 151-160 to 131-140 this year. IIT-Madras also improved its score from last year (171-180 band) to 151-160 this year.

Commenting on improved rankings of Indian institutions, another IIT professor who did not wish to be quoted, said, “Apart from the performance of students and the academic rigour, the other reason that rankings of Indian institutions are improving is the kind of emphasis that institutions are now paying on it. There is a lot of awareness about the rankings and the government is also focusing on it…their Institutes of Eminence scheme is based on rankings, hence there is more impetus.”

(Edited by Paramita Ghosh)

Also read: Govt starts search for 6 newest IITs’ directors early, after delays in recent appointments



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