The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Delhi and Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, broken into the top 200 club in the latest edition of the ‘Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings’. This is for the first time that three Indian universities have found a place in top 200 universities inthe world.
The QS ranking has listed top nine hundred and fifty nine universities in their rankings which is topped by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for sixth consecutive year followed by Stanford, and Harvard University at second and third place respectively.
Ranking shows progress of Indian Universities
The research director for QS Rankings said that India is progressing in global rankings in a comprehensive manner. Five of the Indian Universities feature among the global hundred for research Indicator. He also added that there is still plenty of room for improvement, especially in the ‘employer’s reputation’ indicator, suggesting that a close collaboration between the corporate world and leading universities is essential.
The rankings of IIT Bombay (179), Delhi (172), and IISc (190) show a progressive growth from their previous rankings of 219 and 185 last year. However, IISc lost 38 places this year as compared to its previous year ranking and managed to sneak into the list of top 200 with a rank of 190.
IIT-Delhi replaces IISc as Best in India
IIT-Delhi replaced IISc, Bengaluru to be crowned as the best ranked Indian institution in the list. This has happened for the first time that IISc has not got the tag of best Indian institution. However, IISc was ranked sixth best in the world in terms of ‘citations per faculty’ metric.
This metric of QS rankings measures the research intensiveness and research impact of a university by dividing the number of citations that a university’s research acquires by the number of faculty members at the University. QS Notes that IISc’s research papers were cited nearly 82,000 times over the five-year period.
Other Indian Institutes in the list
Apart from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Bombay, Delhi and Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, there were a total of twenty universities from India which got featured in the prestigious rankings. These numbers indicate a rise of six more universities as compared to last year.
Jadavpur University and the University of Hyderabad were ranked in the band of 601-650, whereas Anna University was ranked in the range of 651-700. Manipal University got featured in 701-750 band, while Aligarh Muslim University and Birla Institute of Technology and Science were placed in the band of 800-1000.
Delhi University, for the first time, broke into the group of top 500 universities moving from 501-550 category to the 481-490 category. IITKharagpur improved its rank from 313 to 308, and IIT-Kanpur rose from 302 to 293. IIT Madras, on the other hand, lost few positions to get placed at 264. IIT Guwahati also showed improvement in rankings as compared to last year.
Banaras Hindu University, Punjab University, University of Mumbai and the University of Pune all were ranked in the band of 800-1000.
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