IIT Delhi is the highest ranking Indian institution in the recently launched QS Quacquarelli Symonds University Rankings: Asia 2014. Ranked at number 38, IIT Delhi is ahead of IIT Bombay (41), IIT Kanpur (52) and IIT Madras (53), among others. The list includes 17 Indian universities (as compared to 11 last year), with 10 of them featuring in the top 150. The Indian Centre for Assessment and Accreditation (ICAA) and QS Quacquarelli Symonds organised the unveiling of the ‘QS University Rankings: Asia 2014’ at an event supported by British Council, KPMG, FICCI, ThoughtWorks and Cambridge English.
As far as India goes, the latest table showing a marginal decline in the positions occupied by most of the country’s leading institutions. But an increase of more than 50 % in India’s overall representation offers hopeful signs for the future.
Among traditional universities, University of Delhi takes the lead at 81, having slipped one place since last year. Banaras Hindu University, Panjab, Manipal and Amity universities, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, and the Indian Institute of Information Technology appear in the rankings for the first time. Experts believe that even as private institutions in India were more approachable with information, there was a lack of transparency with respect to public institutions in the country.
National University of Singapore (NUS) is ranked number one in the QS Asia rankings list, followed by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) at second place and University of Hong Kong at number three. “These rankings confirm the emergence of Singapore and Korea as the region’s new major players,” says Ben Sowter, QS head of research, “NUS and KAIST have benefitted from major government investment in research, and operating in English has helped them attain new levels of global engagement.”