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HindustanTimes Wed,22 Oct 2014

IIT-G makes it to top 100 list of global dynamic universities

Vanita Srivastava , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 01, 2014
First Published: 01:30 IST(1/5/2014) | Last Updated: 01:31 IST(1/5/2014)

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has made it to the top 100 list of the world’s dynamic ‘young’ universities, according to the Time Higher Education (THE) 100 under 50 ranking released on Wednesday.

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This is for the first time that an Indian institute is in the table of Under 50 institute. IIT Guwahati, formed in 1994, has been ranked as 87 in the list.

“There has been a great deal of soul searching in India over the fact that none of its universities make the World University Rankings’ top 200 – a serious concern given the country’s great intellectual history and growing social and economic influence. But this new analysis, which examines the next generation of global university stars, should be encouraging,” Phil Baty, rankings editor of THE said.

“For an institution founded only in 1994 to win a place in the 100 Under 50 is an achievement in real terms. IIT Guwahati has performed particularly well in the indicator for citation impact, meaning that the academic papers it is producing are being used frequently by the global academic community,” said Baty.

IIT Guwahati director Gautam Biswas said: “This is a very good message for the academic community.”

East Asian institutions continue to lead the 100 Under 50, with universities from South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore claiming top-five positions

For the third year in a row, the ranking is headed by South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech), while its national rival, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), holds on to the third spot it gained last year.

“I have always been saying that if rankings are done with proper parameters then IITs will get a better rank,” former IIT Guwahati director Gautam Barua told HT.


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