Despite the flak it received over the past year because of the four-year undergraduate programme, Delhi University (DU) is still the highest ranked university in the country if the Indian Institutes of Technology are taken out of the race.
Placed between 421 and 430 on the QS World University Rankings, the performance is still far from satisfactory but there are a few positive signs. In the overall world ratings, DU has moved up by 20 ranks as compared with the previous year’s ranking.
The university ranks 196 when it comes to academic reputation and 122 in terms of employer reputation.
The university has performed relatively well in the category of faculty areas and it ranks number 166 for the Social Science and Management faculty.
In Arts and Humanities and Natural Sciences, DU ranks 194 and 220, respectively.
The university, however, loses out in all other areas.
It is not in the top 400 in faculty-student ratio. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) ranks 94 on this parameter.
It also loses out in citations per faculty and is not in the top 400 rankings.
The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, ranks number 11 worldwide on this parameter.
The University of Mumbai and seven IITs rank between 205 and 345 in this area.
Indian universities fall behind massively when it comes to international students and faculty members. Not a single Indian university or institutes manages to move past 400 in this category.
“If we speak only about the quality of education and student quality, Delhi University would easily rank in the top 200, which is also something that we need to improve upon but is not as low as 421. The rankings, however, take into account things like the number of international students and faculty members in the university which for a city like Delhi becomes difficult to attain. We are still trying to improve upon these things,” said an university official.
Research is an area where the university falls behind with very few citations per faculty.
“We have been emphasising this point for a very long time now and teachers need to look more seriously at research. The infrastructure and opportunities that our teachers are given also need an urgent upgrade,” he added.
The QS World University Rankings release rankings in seven areas.
These are overall rankings, academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student, international faculty, internation students and citations per faculty.