Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tail Wags the Dog

  • Exhibit 1:

    Under the proposed rules, foreign institutions that figure among the top 400 universities in the world — according to rankings published by the Times Higher Education, ... Quacquarelli Symonds, ... or Shanghai Jiao Tong University — will be able to set up campuses [in India]. [Bold emphasis added]

  • Exhibit 2:

    In a bid to get back on the top of the global best institutes of technology chart, a team of four IIT directors would hold talks with officials of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) and the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings here on Wednesday. [Bold emphasis added]

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"Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist huckster-peddlers from university rankings." [With apologies to Keynes...]