These other five public institutions will be considered by the commission at a later stage.
“But frankly, I don’t know how we can improve people’s perceptions to get higher world rankings,” he said.
“It is unfair to drop two of our institutions because they did not figure in international rankings.
“We always knew it was a good institution but now we know it is among the top eight public institutions across the country.
It is only a matter of time before we get the IoE status,” he said.Opposition parties like the DMK were not convinced.
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