The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has emerged the only Indian academic institution figuring in the world’s 100 most reputed universities, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings released on Friday.
The first-ever reputation-based THE rankings has predictably found Harvard at the top, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Cambridge and the University of California Berkeley. Two Chinese universities — Tsinghua University (35) and Peking University (43) — also figure on the list.
The rankings are most significant for India because though the IISc is the country’s only institution in the list, it’s far better than performance-based rankings of Indian institutions in recent years. “This offers us a ray of hope because it suggests while the IISc and other top institutions need to improve performance, marketing that performance may be taken care of already,” a Indian education policy maker said.