S Ramadorai, the advisor to Prime Minister of India suggested that in order to achieve higher global rankings, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) must develop an “outward looking” profile and induct more foreign students.
While addressing the 43rd convocation of IIT Delhi, he said that clearly the IITs cannot be among the top global institutions without a significant proportion of foreign students. Also, student participation in innovation and well funded collaborative projects while studying could lead to increased numbers going for P.HD programme, Ramadorai added.
“In the days to come could we also see the IITs being consulted by the government on say technology policy. Even if it is a slow start, the learning curve in such consultations would be invaluable to both IITs and the country in the long run,” he said.