In a battle of academics it’s not the globally famous IITs, but the lesser known Panjab University, that has emerged as India’s top varsity.
The BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 – the world’s first ranking for universities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, plus 17 other emerging economies, released by the Times Higher Education on Wednesday places Panjab University at rank 13, ahead of six IITs – Kharagpur, Kanpur, Delhi, Roorkee, Guwahati and Madras.
India is the third strongest nation in the ranking, second only to China and Taiwan and its institutions make up 10 per cent of the list, including nine top 50 places.
Its representatives are led by Panjab University (joint 13th), the alma mater of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
A total of 21 universities in India had taken part in the ranking. Sources confirmed that Delhi University and IIT Bombay had not taken part in the ranking.
No universities from Indonesia, the Philippines or Pakistan figure in the ranking.