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I will never forget the first week of classes in July 2015. The moment I walked into the lecture halls and tutorial classrooms and opened my mouth, students were stunned! Many of them said that they had never before met someone who looked like them but talked like X-Men.

IITs, despite being the most funded institutes of India, have failed to sail into the global top-200 (except IITD, at 172nd place and IITB at 179th) in QS World University Rankings, 2017-18. In view of this, we tried to explore the research environment in IITs and understand the rationale behind the underperformance of IITs - focusing on IIT Roorkee in particular.


In conversation with Anil Kumar