On University Ranking Watch, Prof. Richard Holmes of Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia writes about a conference that took place recently in that country. He quotes James Campbell of Universiti Sains Malaysia, who apparently said
This is another form of imperialism as universities have to conform with publishing in ISI (Institute for Scientific Information) journals in order to be ranked among the best in the world
but Holmes notes dryly that
As for the the current THE - Thomson Reuters rankings, they have declared an Egyptian university to be the fourth best in the world for research impact.
Holmes says "Most of the conference was devoted not to rankings per se. but to supposed critiques of western science." The article in New Straits Times has several amusing quotes exemplifying this.
Professor C.K. Raju, a visiting professor of Mathematics at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), talks about Modern Mathematics being wrongly taught to students for centuries.
He singles out Calculus as an example and says the subject is “erroneous” and clouded by “religious biases”.
“It was brought to Europe from India and was misunderstood by the European (scholars) (and that) led to mistakes,” says Raju, a distinguished professor at Inmantec, Ghaziabad, India.
Holmes is surprisingly muted in his reaction, considering that university ranking is being called a form of "new colonialism", etc.
UPDATE. We have been getting hits from Google searches for C.K. Raju, like "c k raju crackpot". There is a lot of info about him on the Internet, some quite amusing, like Dr. C.K. Raju has corrected a mistake made by Einstein.
Readers may remember the Telesio-Galilei Academy of Science which we wrote about in A lovely crackpot site. Last year they gave C.K. Raju an award, as it happens. Here he is accepting the award, and correcting Einstein:
He must be popular in certain circles because there are many YouTube videos of him.