I would strongly advise students not take institutional rankings as the absolute criterion of their choice of where to study. To students who can dare to be imaginative and experimental, I would go one step farther and say, don’t even consider them as your primary criterion. When it comes to ranking systems in India, these rankings simply indicate traditional and popular assumptions about education and excellence, failing to take into account changes that come with time, needs of particular students, or for that matter, the rapidly evolving needs of the world order. There are many reasons behind this. But let me begin with a personal experience that shaped and eventually upset educational choices made in my own family.