Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, which stands third in a government ranking of technological institutes in the country, said they lost out the top position as being behind in the faculty-student ratio.
“We lost out primarily due to our faculty-student ratio where we were 8th in the list and this had high weightage. We have 11,300 plus students, by far the largest,” IIT-Kgp Director Partha Pratim Chakraborty said.
“In all other areas our performance was very close to the top,” he said.
“However, I think we must not only increase faculty base though we are growing at a high rate, it is not easy to get the quality faculty we need. We must make more effective use of our large student strength at all levels as an asset for growing the research quality output,” he said.
Chakraborty said they had been among the top few of a variety of rankings in recent times and would try to improve further.