No Indian university figures in the top 200 of the QS World University Rankings that were released on Tuesday.
However there are three Indian universities in the top 300 and 11 in the top 800 which includes 7 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Last year also there were 11 universities in the top 800.
Globally, MIT tops the table for the second year in a row, followed by Harvard and Cambridge. The best-performing countries in terms of number of universities ranked were the US (144); UK (69); Germany (42); France (40), followed by Japan (38).
The National University of Singapore (NUS), ranked at 24, heads the list of top 50 Asian Universities. In 2012, it was ranked 25.
The top Indian university in the list — IIT Delhi has dropped from 212 rank to 222, IIT Bombay 233 and IIT Kanpur 295. IIT Madras 313 and IIT Kharagpur 346 remain in the top 400.
Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says: “The stable performance of Indian institutions is a reflection on the country’s efforts to internationalise its higher education system. However, it’s clear that more efforts are needed in the area if the country’s institutions wish to feature more prominently at the top of global rankings. ”
This year sees the most comprehensive QS World University Rankings ever as over 100 universities are added, making it an 800-strong list with 76 countries represented. The rankings took into account 62,094 academic and 27,957 employer responses.
The QS World University Rankings is an annual league table of the top universities in the world based on four key pillars - research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.