India Bags Second Spot with 27 Varsities Entering Top 300
By Sreeradha D Basu
"India is the second most represented country in the newly expanded Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings, with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) becoming the first Indian institute to break into the top 15. In the 2017 list, which ranks universities based on teaching, research, international outlook and knowledge transfer, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is placed 14th, up two spots from a year ago when it debuted in the top 20."
Indian Institute of Science becomes the first Indian institute to break into the top 15 rankings
In the 2017 list, which ranks universities based on teaching, research, international outlook and knowledge transfer, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is placed 14th, up two spots from a year ago when it debuted in the top 20.
This time round, India has 27 universities in the top 300. Last year, 16 Indian universities had made it to the top 200. China continues to dominate with 52 places in the top 300 and six in the top 10.
“India is making great strides. Its flagship university, the Indian Institute of Science, breaks into the top 15 for the first time this year, thanks to improved scores for its teaching environment and research influence, while the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay climbs three places to 26th, its highest ever rank, due to improved scores across all of the five pillars underlying the methodology,“ said Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Baty said India could soon overtake Taiwan as the second most-re presented country in the top 200 of the table. “Overall, India has 19 universities in the top 200, up from 16 last year, while Taiwan has 21, down from 24,“ Baty said.
This ranking uses the same 13 indicators as the overall World University Rankings.
India has eight institutes in the top 100. Apart from IISc and IIT Bombay, these include IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur (both ranked 32nd), IIT Madras (35th), IIT Roor kee (joint 62nd), IIT Kharagpur (71st) and Jadavpur University in 99th place.
Indian institutes in the 100-200 bracket include IIT Guwahati, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, University of Delhi, Punjab University, Tezpur University, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Aligarh Muslim University, University of Calcutta, Sri Venkateswara University, NIT Rourkela and BITS Pilani.
Acharya Nagarjuna University, Amrita University, Osmania University and Andhra University are ranked 201-250, while Amity University, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Manipal University and Cochin University of Science and Technology bring up the rear in the 251-300 bracket.
Baring India and China, the other BRICS nations have not fared well, largely due to increased competition as a result of expansion of the list to rank 300 universities from 41 countries, up from 200 institutions in 35 nations last year.