A new ranking of BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — has six universities from China and none from India in the top ten.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Tuesday presented with the first copy of the rankings by Smriti Irani, HRD minister. The PM identified the need to link research and education to the development needs of the country. He emphasised the need for India to evolve an independent ‘India Ranking’ metric which can then involve the SAARC nations as the existing systems are skewed towards western nations.
The second edition of QS University Rankings: BRICS 2014, released on Tuesday identifies China as the most likely BRICS nation to achieve its goal of developing world-class universities.
China claims six of the top 10 places, ahead of Brazil (2), Russia (1) and South Africa (1). India is the only nation without a university in the top 10.
20 Indian institutes feature in the rankings and five Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) win places in the top 20.
The University of Delhi has overtaken the University of Calcutta to become India’s highest-ranked generalist institution in the BRICS ranking thanks to improvements in staffing levels and research citations.