Kolkata – Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) has ranked as the top institution in India by URAP (University Ranking by Academic Performance) Research Laboratory. Also IIT-KGP is the only Indian institution on URAP’s top 500 list.
URAP’s ranking criteria are based on number of articles, citation, journal impact, journal citation impact and international collaboration. “We are delighted that IIT Kharagpur is ranked the number one institution in the country by URAP. This is a wonderful acknowledgment of the quality of research and academics and significant impact that our faculty, students and alumni are making in the country and around the world,” said Arjun Malhotra, Chairman of IIT-KGP’s Vision 20-20 initiative and a distinguished alumnus of IIT-KGP.
The objective of the Vision 20-20 initiative is to transform IIT-KGP to become one of top 20 institutions in the world in the next 20 years. “IIT-KGP, through its Vision 20-20 project, aims to be among the top ranking institutions in the world in the field of science and technology in the next 20 years. It has 6 transformation themes – faculty and students, excellence, research excellence, industry linkages, funding, brand building-visibility-communication, governance and administration,” said P. P. Chakrabarti, the newly confirmed Director, IIT-KGP.
IIT-KGP has also fared well from India in other research and publications based rankings like Leiden and SIR Global. The reason seems to be high volume and high impact publications by IIT-KGP faculty and research scholars. Says Vinod Gupta, a dedicated alumnus and founder of the Vinod Gupta School of Management at IIT-KGP, “IIT KGP is not only the oldest IIT … but also the only IIT to offer over 35 specialties. First one to offer business school, law school, medical school and soon language school. IIT KGP is more like MIT, while others have lagged behind.”
URAP Research Laboratory at Informatics Institute of Middle East Technical University, Turkey, has been publishing world university rankings since 2010. Other Indian institutes which fared well are University of Delhi, Benares Hindu University and IIT Mumbai. But none of these institutes have figured in URAP’s top 500 rankings.