No Indian university figures in the top 100 reputation rankings but the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru and Indian Institute of Technology-Mumbai are in the top 200, compilers of the Times Higher Education (THE) list said on Thursday.
The compilers told Hindustan Times they publish only the world’s top 100 list for reputation as the data becomes more congested lower down the rankings, and differentials narrow.
But they said India has two institutions in the top 200 – the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru is in the list around about the 150th position, and IIT-Mumbai.
A total of 106 Indian institutions received votes during THE’s poll of 10,000 leading scholars, but none received enough votes to make the top 100 list.
The rankings are dominated by the US, but Asia has increased its share of institutions among the world’s most prestigious universities. It had 18 institutions in the rankings, up from 10 last year.
On India, Phil Baty, editor of THE rankings, said: “The recent announcement of a new policy to provide special support for ten public and ten private universities, in order to help them rise up the global rankings, is very welcome news indeed.
“However, the devil will be in the detail and we await more information on the plan with great interest and anticipation. Providing sufficient financial support will be crucial, but so will providing a better and more streamlines regulatory framework to ensure Indian universities can be more open to global opportunities, and more able to draw in international talent.”
The 2016 rankings was topped by Harvard, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Cambridge and Oxford in the top five places.
Asia’s top performer – Japan’s University of Tokyo – held on to 12th place, while China’s Tsinghua University and Peking University leaped eight and 11 places to reach the 18th and 21st place.
Paul Blackmore, professor of higher education at King’s College London’s Policy Institute, said Asia’s stronger performance is the result of “undoubted growth in university systems” and “of more being known (about them) among those giving a view”.
“We’ve had a highly Anglo-Saxon view of higher education for many years, and that can’t be sustained for much longer,” he said.