Ten Indian universities feature in the top 100 in the recently-launched Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2014. Led by Panjab University at number 32, the list also includes a few IITs - Kharagpur, Kanpur, Delhi, Madras, Roorkee, Guwahati, besides Jadavpur University, Aligarh Muslim University and Jawaharlal Nehru University.
According to Phil Baty, editor, THE Rankings, Indian universities have shown the most improvement given the fact that only three Indian universities found a spot in the top 100 last year. The good news, though, he adds, is that India has started taking global rankings seriously and is working steadily towards improving the quality of research in its institutions.
University of Tokyo retains its top spot in the Asia rankings, followed by National University of Singapore at number two and University of Hong Kong at number three. Japan leads the pack with about 20 of its universities in the top 100, while China comes a close second with 18 of its institutions in the top 100. South Korea finds 14 representations in the rankings (in the top 100) with the National Seoul University sitting pretty at the fourth spot in the Asia rankings. Taiwan is just a notch below with 13 of its universities in the coveted top 100.
Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia have been the “biggest surprises” according to Baty. Turkey, for instance, has five institutions in the top 40, while Iran and Saudi Arabia have three representations each in the top 100.