Whatever the reasoning behind JNU’s decision to diversify into engineering and management, it seems about time.
In the coming years, India’s best public universities may come to be literally discarded in terms of government support and will be choked by old and new government regulations.
The so-called ‘institutions of eminence’ will need to better strategise on how to attract and retain research-oriented faculty if they are to break into the top 500 in world university rankings.
The need for foreign faculty is limited to select teaching-cum-research institutions which employ a minuscule number of the total faculty members in the higher education sector.
Citations alone won’t be able to tell the full story: a good scientist needn’t be cited heavily – but not all those who are cited heavily are good scientists.