Only three Indian colleges – the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru – have remained in the top 200 since 2017. According to The Indian Express, 22 Indian colleges were among the top 1,000 WUR in 2021, compared to 21 in QS WUR 2021, 23 in 2020, 24 in 2019, and 20 in 2018.
Four of them broke into the top 1,000 for the first time. Jawaharlal Nehru University (561-570), Pondicherry University (801-1,000), IIT Bhubaneswar (701-750), and Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan were among them (801-1,000).
In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, and IIT Delhi on their accomplishment. He went on to say that “efforts are being made to ensure that more Indian universities and institutes achieve global distinction and foster intellectual prowess among the youth.”
In the most recent rankings, five institutes — IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Guwahati, and Savitribai Phule Pune University – attained their highest ranks in five years. Meanwhile, Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham have fallen out of the top 1,000 and are currently ranked between 1 and 200.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank praised IIT Bombay for securing the 177th position, IIT Delhi for earning the 185th position, and IISc Bengaluru for securing the 186th position in university rankings, stating that India is making strides in education and research. While IIT Bombay remained India’s best higher education institution for the fourth consecutive year, at rank 177, IISc remained the world’s top research university, with a perfect score of 100 in the research category.
According to a QS statement, while Indian universities have improved their performance on the academic-reputation metric and research impact, they continue to suffer on the teaching-capacity criterion, with no Indian university ranking among the top 250 for faculty-student ratio.
For the tenth year in a row, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been named the best university. Meanwhile, the University of Oxford climbed to second place for the first time since 2006, with Stanford University and the University of Cambridge sharing third place.
(News source: The Quint, The Indian Express)