There is good news for the people of the Northeast as the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-G) has managed to secure a position among the top 20 small universities of the world. IIT-G has been ranked number 14 on the Times Higher Education World’s Best Small Universities Ranking 2016. There are two universities in the top 20 list from India with Savitribai Phule Pune University from Maharashtra in the 18th place.
Giving credit to the students and faculty, IIT-G Director Gautam Biswas stated, ‘This ranking is a major boost to the region and will motivate school students and other institutions towards science education.’ ‘After this achievement, now we have the responsibility to do better and that is only possible with cutting edge publication and research, which is the new paradigm’, he added.
Biswas believes that the turbulent times since the 80s are over and the education sector will be back on track. ‘The eight North East states are pretty good at education. Assam is quite advanced especially in science. But the science and research culture took a beating due to several other societal problems in the early 80s. But now it is on the right track,’ he claimed.
IIT-G Director further added that institutions like IIT-G and Tezpur University will boost the academic culture and science education in the region. We hope this will help leapfrog the institutions in other neighbouring states.