Archive for September, 2010

A world ranking of universities that makes sense to me; Indian institutions in that ranking

The ranking is done by an Australian group based on a measure they call RPI (Research Performance Index). The ranking is at

The ranking uses:

  • Publications policy:
    • periods are between 2000 to 2009 inclusive
    • types are restricted to journal and conference articles, and authored and edited books 
    • citations can be from any source
  • Credit policy:
    • credit is given to the institution where the work was performed (not the current affiliation of the authors)
    • credit is given to all institutions involved
    • credit is given to one or more faculties wherever appropriate

The methodology of the ranking is that they divide the university faculty to five groups:

  • MDPHS= Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology, and Health Sciences
  • PNMS= Pure, Natural, and Mathematical Sciences 
  • ECT= Engineering, Computing, and Technology 
  • LBAS= Life, Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • AHBSS= Arts, Humanities, Business, and Social Sciences

1. For each group the g-index of the publications are determined using the SCOPUS database. The The g-index is defined as the highest count g of publications, such that taken together, have an average of at least g citations per publication. (L. Egghe, “Theory and Practise of the g-index,” Scientometrics, Vol. 69, No. 1, pp. 131-152, Jan. 2006.)

2. Then they divide or normalize the g-index for each faculty by that of the highest globally performing faculty 

3. Then they average or sum the normalized faculty indices to arrive at a final RPI value for a particular university

Based on this only two Indian Institutions appear in the top 500.

  • IIT Kanpur at 444
  • IISc Bangalore at 468 

They also give the ranking for each of the five groups. Following are Indian institutions in those rankings. 

To me this ranking makes the most sense of any ranking I have seen as it is based on data, and it basically looks at the quality of faculty in terms of the impact of their publications.

September 30th, 2010

Central University of Orissa Koraput advertises for 48 faculty and 19 staff positions: ads from Samaja

The Central University of Orissa Koraput now has a professional looking web page at It is still under development though. Following are the ads from Samaja.

1 comment September 27th, 2010

Duke and Virginia tech take steps to open centers in India

Following are excerpts from a report in

Virginia Tech officials touted the university’s offerings Monday to a delegation from India — the leader of which could help the university open a new campus in the world’s second-most populous country.

With support from Indian company MARG Ltd., Tech has been working for about four years on a plan to build a university near India’s fifth-most-populous city, Chennai.

If approved, the campus would sit on about 30 acres in the state of Tamil Nadu, where a 70,000-square-foot facility would be built and would offer master’s and doctorate programs for about 300 students in engineering and science.

All academic and research functions would be overseen by Tech. Tuition and fees, admissions criteria and degree requirements would be the same in India as in the United States.

"It would be a Virginia Tech degree," Provost Mark McNamee told the delegation.

…In 1999, Tech began offering a master’s degree in information technology in conjunction with the S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research in Mumbai. The university has since established other projects and ties in India. Officials estimate about 500 Tech alumni live in the country’s southern region.

But the plan for an Indian campus is subject to passage of the foreign universities bill winding its way through the Indian Parliament. Some in India worry that allowing foreign universities in the country will increase tuition and decrease quality in the already struggling higher education sector.

Under current law, foreign universities may offer degree programs only in partnership with existing Indian institutions.

The new bill has been championed by India’s Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, who visited Tech on Monday with about a dozen other dignitaries. They were scheduled to meet with Tech President Charles Steger later in the day.

… Estimates for the total cost of the project do not yet exist, he said. But officials expect a capital outlay of $5 million will be required.

The India campus would help Tech compete for more sponsored research contracts, as well as give the university a presence in an economy supported by 1.2 billion people. Only China, with its population of 1.3 billion, is larger.

For India, the bill could help stem the tide of students streaming to American, European and Australian universities. In 2007, a government commission in India urged that the country increase its number of universities from 350 to 1,500 by 2015. Investment by foreign universities is one way to achieve that growth.

… Under the pending bill, Tech could not send revenue from India back to the United States. Likewise, Tech may use none of its state funding to establish the Indian campus, De Datta said.

Sibal has visited other American universities interested in building campuses in India, including Boston University, Georgetown University, Harvard and Yale.

According to De Datta, the Indian Parliament is expected to vote on the foreign universities bill within the next six months.

Following is an excerpt from a report in Times of India.


Virginia Tech has found an Indian partner for these three centres — Centre for Critical, Technical and Advanced Science, Virginia Bio Informatics Centre and Virginia Transport and Technical Institute — that are likely to be operational within a year.

… Virginia Tech has also signed a memorandum of understanding with MARG Swarnabhoomi group. The institution will be called Virginia Tech MARG Swarnabhoomi, India, and it will be the varsity’s first campus outside the US.

Following is an excerpt from a report in


US-based Duke University – ranked 14th in the QS World University Rankings – is planning to set up a campus in India. However, the university management is yet to decide on the location. According to sources, it is looking for around 25 acres to set up its campus either in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh or Pune.

"We will start with a business school in the campus that will offer a diploma programme. This is a part of our plans of having a globally dispersed campus. We are looking at China and India and the campus in China is already underway," said Jaivir Singh, advisor to the dean of the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

The expansion is part of the varsity’s plans of setting up its global campuses in Dubai, Russia, China and India.

Duke university is one of the first international institutes to announce its plans of establishing its India campus after the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) gave its approval to allow foreign universities to setup their campuses in India in March.

However, the Foreign Education Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill, 2010 is still pending in Parliament. The bill, which was to be taken up during the monsoon session of Parliament, would now be taken up during the winter session.

According to the bill, any foreign varsity entering India will have to create a $12-million corpus fund and profits will not be allowed to be expatriated to shareholders. The universities would also have to reinvest 75 per cent of profit in the school or university and the rest would become a part of the corpus fund.

Foreign universities, however, will have the right to form their own fee structure and admission rules.

Duke University said investment will not be an issue as it already satisfies the criteria set by the proposed bill.

In fact, Duke university is also looking at setting up a campus in South Africa and South America by the end of this calendar year. Like Yale, Brown and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), it is also in talks with the MHRD on partnering the upcoming 14 innovation universities. Yale and Brown, however, are not looking at setting up an India campus.

"We would like to partner the innovation universities in the space of information technology, science and the qualitative side of engineering that will make the youth employable. However, our immediate plans are to consolidate all our programmes in the country under one roof," Singh added.

September 27th, 2010

Construction initiated for the ESI Medical College in Bhubaneswar; Dental and nursing college to be in Rourkela

Following is from a report in

The Construction work of ESI Medical College and Hospital has been started in the Jaganathpur village near Chandaka Institute of mathematics. Labour and Employment Minister Puspendra Singh Deo told the mediapersons here on Sunday that the ESI Medical College will be constructed in 25 Acres of land in an expenditures of tune of Rs 600 Crores.

About 200 students will be admitted in this medical College. The Doctors will be appointed by the ESI Medical of the Centre Government. But 42.57 % persons will be appointed in this Medical College and Hospital. Besides, the ESI will also set up Dental and Nursing college in Rourkela.

September 27th, 2010

Unofficial 2010 first round open close ranks of EE and Mech of IITs, IT-BHU and ISM

The following is extracted from the unofficial source at

Institute Open EE (11) Close EE (11) Open ME (24) Close ME (24) Last rank
IIT Bombay (B) 1 96 56 468 4056 (Chemistry)
IIT Delhi (D) 76 241 249 603 2883 (Biochem & Biotech)
IIT Madras (M) 109 338 310 777 3678 (Biotechnology)
IIT Kanpur (K) 148 467 531 772 4803 (Chemistry)
IIT Kharagpur (G) 783 991 787 1156 6652 (Architecture)
IIT Roorkee (R) 612 1699 1028 1763 7092 (Architecture)
IIT Guwahati (W) W16-1901 W-16 2336 1570 2400 5831 (Design)
IIT Hyderabad (H) 1715 2552 1920 2837 2837 (Mech)
IIT Gandhinagar (N) 2082 2956 2432 3216 3811 (Chemical Engg)
IT BHU (V) 1720 3270 2519 3463 6624 (Pharma)
IIT Rajasthan (J) 2765 3716 2649 3904 3904 (Mech)
IIT Bhubaneswar (A) 2700 3866 2683 3973 4294 (Civil)
IIT Punjab (E) 2970 3632 3162 3839 3839 (Mech)
IIT Indore (U) 2976 3633 3036 3909 3909 (Mech)
IIT Mandi (C) 3906 4164 3967 4246 4246 (Mech)
IIT Patna (P) 3343 4331 1589 4435 4435 (Mech)
ISMU Dhanbad (S) 4325 5174 3101 5195

6709 (Chemistry)

September 25th, 2010

More industries in Odisha sign up to make ITIs and ITCs

Following is an excerpt from an IANS report with the locations added by me.

The Orissa government Friday signed agreements with six more companies for setting up industrial training centres in the state, an official said.

… The companies which signed the agreements through their representatives were GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited (Dhenkanal), IMFA Limited, Deepak Steel and Power Limited (Barbil), Bhusan Energy Limited (Dhenkanal), BRG Iron and Steel Co Private ltd (Dhenkanal) and Lanco Babandh Power ltd (Dhenkanal).

These companies will establish at least one industrial training centre at identified locations, the official said.

There is an annual requirement of 140,000 to 180,000 trained personnel in highly-skilled, semi-skilled and non-executive workforce in metal and manufacturing sector in the state alone. The government has signed the agreements as part of its steps to bridge the gap between demand and supply, the official said.

As per the agreement, the state government will identify and transfer required land on payment and the company will develop required infrastructure within one year of taking the land.

The government had earlier this year signed similar pacts with different private companies for setting up 20 industrial training centres at different identified locations,…

With the latest agreements, the number of proposed industrial training centres in the state for which pacts were signed reached 26, he said.

In another recent news NALCO’s ITI in Damanjodi was inaugurated by the CM recently. Following is an excerpt from a report in indiaeducationdiary.

The Chief Minister of Orissa, Shri Naveen Patnaik, laid the Foundation-stone for Industrial Training Institute (ITI) today in Damanjodi

With an objective to provide training facility to the local students of periphery villages of M&R Complex, Damanjodi, the ITI is being set up through Public-Private Participation (PPP) mode. Initially, an amount of Rs. 1 crore 16 lakhs has been set aside by NALCO from its periphery development fund for the purpose. Setting up of the ITI also aims at enhancing the skill-sets of local youths and helps them to enhance their employability in future, in view of the rapid industrialization in the State.

Students from tribal & weaker sections from the periphery villages will be given priority in admissions, apart from other students of the area in the upcoming ITI. Recurring expenditure to run the institute will be met out of the periphery development fund of NALCO. The land for setting up the institute & other facilities will be provided by District Administration.

1 comment September 24th, 2010

XLRI agrees to Andhra invitation for a campus in Hyderabad

(Thanks to Deba Nayak for the pointer.)

Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph.

… Andhra Pradesh chief minister K. Rosaiah should personally request it to open its second campus in Hyderabad. The chief minister, in his August 18 letter, also promised all support from the government.

XLRI authorities are elated to be invited to Cyberabad, the latest sobriquet that stole the thunder of its earlier, more traditional one — City of Pearls.

Director Father E. Abraham accompanied by an XLRI team visited Hyderabad to get a full picture. “This move is in mutual interest for the Andhra government and XLRI. It is a recent development and a lot of things have to be finalised. But the Andhra government will support us in areas such as land acquisition,” said dean (academics) Pranabesh Ray.

In fact, the southern state has set the ball rolling, having almost finalised 75 acres in Hyderabad for the XLRI campus at Jawahar Nagar, close to BITS, Pilani. Sources said a US-based company has also evinced interest to invest in the project estimated to exceed Rs 100 crore.

For now, slow and steady is XLRI’s mantra. The dean said that once the Hyderabad campus got operational, it would first offer 60 seats for business management course. Its famed personnel management and industrial relations course will follow. …

Andhra Pradesh is good at this. In the last several years they invited and suceeded in getting a BITS Pilani campus and TIFR campus in Hyderabad and a BARC campus in Visakhapatnam. We should learn from them. This is beyond the central govt. institutes such as an IIT in Hyderabad and a SPA in Vijaywada.

In contrast our own XIM wants to become a university and have courses in arts and commerce (areas where we do not have any nationally ranked colleges) and our government is giving it a hard time.

2 comments September 23rd, 2010

Anil Agarwal to India Today Editor Prabhu Chawla: I will give 75 percent of my wealth to charity.

Following is an excerpt from an interview in yahoo News.

What is your mission?

I will give 75 per cent of my wealth to charity. I enjoy big businesses. Our companies own aircraft because they need it. But I am happy living in a three-bedroom flat. We have brought $20 billion into India which is unheard of. Why is nobody speaking of that?

I think regardless of what happens to his other business in Odisha, if we let him build Vedanta University, he will build it.

4 comments September 23rd, 2010

IMFA announces Prof. Ghanashyam Dash scholarships for higher education: Ad in Samaja

4 comments September 21st, 2010

Congress soft-pedals on Vedanta University: India Today; But hurdles remain

(Thanks to Rahul Barik for the pointer.)

Following is from an India Today story published in its September 20th edition.

The Congress is now soft-pedalling on the Rs 5,000-crore Vedanta University project in Puri. BJD leaders feel Ramesh is under pressure from various quarters to clear the project.

Action taken against what promises to be Orissa’s education city may not fit with the Congress’ neo-progressive image. It might also alarm the powerful education lobby, which has many political patrons. Meant to accommodate one lakh students, the university offers 95 academic disciplines. The Governments of both Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are now wooing Agarwal to shift to their states – an option he is considering if the project is shut down alleging SEZ violations. "Naveen Patnaik is sold on the university," says Mohapatra wistfully. "He hopes it will become the Oxford of Orissa."

While the above is a bit of good news, the hurdles still remain. Ramesh has not yet given the clearance. Neither the honorable Governor has signed the Vedanta University bill.  Moreover, the  Congress leadership in Odisha seems to not have any self respect. They are mere followers of diktat from Delhi are only interested in whether they can get a nice position by being subservient to Delhi. In that process whether Odisha loses in Malkangiri due to Polavaram dam or Vedanta University goes away from Odisha to Andhra, they don’t seem to care.

Also, MP Pyari Mohaptra is saying that "Naveen Patnaik is sold on the university." What about Pyari Mohapatra himself?

1 comment September 21st, 2010

SOA University Bhubaneswar to start 5 year integrated Law program

Following is from a Business Standard report in

The Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University (SOAU) in Bhubaneswar has set up a new Law Institute from the 2010-11 academic year following permission given by the Bar Council of India. …

The new institute will be known as SOA National Institute of Law (SNIL) which will have thrust on quality education in law keeping in view the contemporary society with semantic human resources, curriculum and co-curriculum aspects and will offer Five-Year Integrated Law studies in three different streams such as BA LLB, BBA LLB and B.Sc LLB besides Post-Graduation in Law and Ph.D. in Law.

The SNIL proposes to introduce several career oriented course in Intellectual Property Rights, Information and Technology, Labour-Man Power related Industrial Law, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, International Trade Laws, Competition Laws, Space Law, Biomedical Law, Bio-ethics and Law, International Advocacy, Arbitration as a mode of Alternate Dispute Redressal Mechanism, e-Governance, e-Commerce and Corporate Law.

With this program Odisha will have three places with 5 yr programs that will take students nationally. They are: 

I was told by reader Debi Sarangi (Thanks!) that Madhusudan Law College in Cuttack and University Law College Bhubaneswar also have 5 yr law programs. I am not sure if the other universities, especially Sambalpur and Berhampur, have such programs. If not they should. In addition I hope VSSUT starts a graduate program in Intellectual Property Law (similar to the one in IIT Kharagpur) and all the  universities in the state have 5-yr integrated courses in law as well as sciences.

5 comments September 21st, 2010

Oxford University Chancellor refers to a 75 million pound grant as a once in a century opportunity; how should one refer to a $1 Billion donation

Following is an excerpt from a report in

The school, launched in Oxford last evening, has been supported by several world leaders and a 75 million pounds grant by American industrialist and philanthropist Leonard Blavatnik.

… The University is contributing an additional 26 million pounds as well as land in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, where the School will be located.

The school will provide a highly practical series of courses, leading to a Master’s degree, with a unique balance of the humanities, social sciences, law, science, technology, health, finance, energy and security policy.

The first students will start in 2012 and student numbers will increase to approximately 120 within the next few years.

Lord Patten, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said, “This is a once-in-a-century opportunity for Oxford.

75 million pounds is $117.15 million in today’s rate. Contrast this to Vedanta University for which the pledged amount is $1 Billion. While Oxford is calling this grant a once in a century opportunity and is chipping in 25 million (one third the grant) as a matching amount many in Orissa and India do not see the value of a $1 Billion donation and instead of helping its establishment people ascribe all kinds of motives. This attitude of many people of Orissa is exactly why Orissa is at the bottom of everything.

9 comments September 20th, 2010

A new College of Forestry and several new post graduate programs debut at OUAT Bhubaneswar

Following is from Dharitri.

Note that OUAT has had a Department of Forestry since 1987. Following are excerpts from a report in the Telegraph about this new college. 

… Apart from the usual four-year graduate programme in forestry, the college has announced PG programmes in agro-forestry, forest products, environment management, plant genetic improvement and forest business management for the current academic year 2010-11.

Each course has six seats with four reserved for candidates from Orissa.

Two seats would be offered to students from other states and abroad.

… Addressing mediapersons here today, Prof Rabindra Kumar Patnaik said: “With the launch of these PG programmes, more students will get opportunities to work in sectors such as afforestation drives, reclamation of land after mining, research positions in forestry. The demand for such students is quite good outside India.”

The College of Forestry, … has become the 16th institute in the country to have PG programmes on the subject.

“It has also faculties for five departments like silviculture and agro-forestry, forest products and utilisation, forest biology and tree improvement, natural resource management and forest policy and law,’’ he said.

“Apart from academics and creating quality human resources in forestry, this newly-opened College of Forestry will address many research issues on forestry, livelihood, natural resource management (NRM), tree improvement and problems of climate change. It will also address many policy issues on forestry and environment,’’ he added.

… PG programme in forestry is not offered anywhere else in the eastern part of India,” he said.

September 20th, 2010

Odisha government asks VSSUT Burla to submit a proposal to be one of the 20 universities in the country to have an innovation center and be seeded with innovation toolkits

Recall from where we reported the following:

… The NIC will also have innovation centres in universities and innovation clusters to create regional hubs….

“Those clusters will be selected where there is a minimum critical mass of industries of some kind and then we will give them an innovation toolkit. The toolkit will be a set of guidelines on how to innovate. Moreover, we are also selecting 20 universities, besides the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) where we can do seed innovation,” he said.

Prof Sanjay Dhande, IIT Kanpur director, who is a member of the Council, is in the process of identifying the universities which will then be given the innovation toolkit to be able to connect with industry.

We had contacted the Govt. of Odisha as well as the VCs of VSSUT and Sambalpur University about it. (I think some other people and groups may have done something similar too.)

The Government of Odisha has now asked VSSUT Burla to prepare a proposal in response to it. This is a good move. However, I think a joint proposal from VSSUT and Sambalpur University may be stronger and this is important if Prof. Dhande goes strictly by merit (without taking state representation – one from each major state — into account). Following is from Samaja. (The part in red is confusing. The reporter did not understand the difference between "Innovation University" and  "universities where GOI will seed innovation".)

2 comments September 18th, 2010

National Center for Mathematics to come up in IIT Bombay campus; TIFR to be a partner

Following is an excerpt from a report in Hindustan Times.

Two premier research institutes from the country – the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) — have come together to set up the India’s first mathematics centre. Located in the IIT-B campus, the National Centre for Mathematics will be modelled on the world’s first mathematics centre — the Oberwolfach Mathematics Research Institute in Germany.

“The centre will cater to all mathematicians. While there are conferences for mathematicians, there is no organised platform for them to come together. Mathematics centres are already established across the world in countries like China, France and Canada,” said JK Verma from the department of mathematics, IIT-B.

The centre will conduct research-level workshops, national and international seminars, foundation courses, instruction schools for teachers and facilitate research collaborations among scientists.

On a related note, Simons foundation in the US is trying to establish a new institute in theory of computing in the US. It aims to fund $6 Million/year for 10 years and may follow up with a renewal or an endowment.

2 comments September 17th, 2010

Progress on upgrading FCI Balangir to a hotel managment institute

Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph.

Principal of Food Craft Institute (FCI) Chandrakant Mahapatra said: “If things work out as planned, Balangir will soon have the second government-funded institute of hotel management in the state after Bhubaneswar. The union government is keen to upgrade the Food Craft Institute in Balangir into an institute of hotel management.”

Mahapatra said to facilitate the process, the Centre had demanded transfer of FCI land to the tourism department. It also demanded that FCI be re-registered as an hotel management institute under the Society Registration Act. “We are working on the two criteria. The land transfer process has been expedited. I am going to Cuttack today for registration related work,” he told The Telegraph.

He further said that the institute would be known as State Institute of Hotel Management (SIHM) and the Centre has assured to spend Rs 12 crore on infrastructure.

“The Centre will provide the infrastructure and the state government will have expenses for running the institute. The institute will offer BSc degree course in hospitality and hotel administration (HHA) and students will have to take an all-India entrance test to get admission,” Mahapatra said.

September 15th, 2010

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