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IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay, IISc among world’s top 200 universities, says report

There are 20 Indian institutions - six more than last year - in the ranking table this year that has a list of the world’s 959 top universities.

education Updated: Jun 08, 2017 10:14 IST
HT Correspondent
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times
IIT-Delhi,IIT-Bombay,Indian Institute of Science
tudents at IIT Delhi campus.(HT File)

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, have found a place in the top 200 universities in the latest edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, the Indian Express reported on Thursday.

The Express said India boasts of three of the top 200 universities in the world for the first time as IIT-Bombay grabbed the 179th rank this time from 219th last year, IIT-Delhi rose to 172nd from the 185th rank and IISc slipped by 38 places to 190.

“India is progressing in our global rankings. Five Indian universities feature among the global 100 for research indicator. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement, especially in the ‘employers reputation’ indicator, suggesting that a closer collaboration between the corporate world and the leading universities is essential,” Ben Sowter, research director at QS, was quoted as saying by the Express.

“India is also less competitive than other countries in the international students and faculty indicators, which makes perfect sense given the huge internal demand for higher education,” he added.

IIT-Delhi replaced IISc as the best ranked Indian institution in the world for the first time, it added. However, IISc was ranked the sixth best institution in the world in terms of QS’s ‘citations per faculty’ metric.

“This metric measures the research intensiveness and research impact of a university by dividing the number of citations that a university’s research acquires by the number of faculty members at that university. QS notes that IISc’s research papers were cited nearly 82,000 times over the five-year period QS used for this metric,” the report cited a statement from QS as saying.

There are 20 Indian institutions - six more than last year - in the ranking table this year that has a list of the world’s 959 top universities. Jadavpur University (ranked in the 601-650 band), University of Hyderabad (601-650), Anna University (651-700), Manipal University (701-750), Aligarh Muslim University (800-1000) and Birla Institute of Technology and Science (800-1000) are the new names.

“Delhi University, for the first time, entered the top 500 group, moving up from the 501-550 category to the 481-490 category. IIT-Kharagpur improved its rank from 313 to 308, and IIT-Kanpur rose from 302 to 293 rank. IIT-Madras, however, lost a few places and moved from 249 to 264 rank.

IIT-Guwahati moved from 481-490 band to 501-550 band. Banaras Hindu University, Panjab University, University of Mumbai and University of Pune are all ranked in the 801-1000 band,” the report said.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was placed as the world’s best university for the sixth consecutive year in the overall rankings. Stanford University is the world’s second best and Harvard University the third best institutions.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 10:14 IST