The webometric ranking of world universities 2011 conducted by a Spanish research organisation has ranked the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad 53rd in the South Asian region out of 20, 000 universities surveyed.
Director IIIT-A Dr M D Tiwari said, "It is no less achievement given the fact that it has come within 13 years of it's inception. "
The "Webometrics Ranking of World Universities" is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientmficas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain. CSIC is among the first basic research organisations in Europe and is attached to the Spanish Ministry of Education and its main objective is to promote scientific research.
While awarding it 3432 rank globally to this 13 year old institution, the much respected research organisation has awarded the institute 44th rank in the country, much above well established and older institutions like National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (48th), University of Calcutta (49th) and Birla Institute of Technology-Mesra, Ranchi (50th) out 380 higher educational institutions of the country, giving much reason to both faculty and students of IIIT-A to cheer.
It is worth mentioning that since 2004, the Ranking Web (or Webometrics Ranking) is published twice a year (data is collected during the first weeks of January and July for being made public at the end of both months), covering about 20, 000 Higher Education Institutions worldwide.
Webometrics rankings measures the volume, visibility and impact of the web pages published by universities, with special emphasis in the scientific output (referred papers, conference contributions, pre-prints, monographs, thesis, reports etc) but also takes into account other materials (courseware, seminars or workshops documentation, digital libraries, databases, multimedia, personal pages etc) and the general information on the institution, their departments, research groups or supporting services and people working or attending courses.
Earlier the institute was ranked 13th in the Dataquest-IDC Technical-School Survey of 2010 and bagged 19th rank in the India Today Best Engineering Colleges in India survey of 2010. Recently the Outlook survey of 2011 also awarded 18th rank to IIIT-A based on its research infrastructure, academic excellence, placement of students and Industry interface, said Tiwari.
He added, "We have been trying to place IIIT-A as foremost institution of the country at the world level and in this regard several steps have been taken in the past and many more are presently being taken. "
Courtesy: Times of India