For the first time as many as 17 universities from India have figured among the top 300 universities in Asia, states the recently released list of ‘Asian Universities Rankings 2014’ by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings.
QS Ranking 2014 Vs 2013: Six more in Top 300
Last year India had 11 universities in that list. Once again it is the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) which are leading the table from India; there are two IITs among top 50 in Asia. IIT-Delhi has retained its last year’s rank of 38th with a score of 74.5; however IIT-Bombay has slipped two ranks from its previous year’s position to 41st this year, which has scored 71.8.
However, India is way behind other prominent educational hubs in Asia, as Japan has 13 among top 50; China and South Korea have nine each. Smaller countries like Hong Kong and Taiwan also have six universities each among top 50. While, Singapore and Thailand have two each among top 50.
Seven IITs in top 100:
Among top 100 institutions, India has eight universities of which seven are IITs along with University of Delhi (DU) placed at 81st position. IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras have been ranked 52nd and 53rd in the ranking, with a core of 66.1 and 66.0, respectively. IIT Kharagpur is at 60th position, IIT Roorkee is at 70 position and IIT Guwahati is at 95th spot in this year’s ranking.
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
University of Delhi
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
University of Calcutta
University of Mumbai
Banaras Hindu University
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Birla Institute of Technology and Science
Indian Institute of Information Technology(IIIT) - Allahabad
University of Pune
* QS Ranking 2014 clubs Universities ranking below 150 in different Ranking range as shown in the table above
Another important indicator has ranked Delhi University in the top 25 in Asia by employers and the top 40 by academics, however, it has not moved up the list owing to its large size and low levels of international faculty and student exchange.
It is University of Calcutta which has scored high on students' exchanges, coming second in Asia for outbound exchanges and 52nd for inbound. University of Calcutta and University of Mumbai have been ranked at 131st.
The other universities from India among top 300 in the continent are Mumbai University, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Panjab University, University of Pune, Manipal University, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, the Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad and Amity university most of them appearing for the first time in the ranking.
Panjab University which was ranked above IITs and other Indian institutions in last year’s Times Higher Education's (THE) World University Rankings list 2013-14, positioned among 225-250 has been ranked by QS between 171-180 ranks in the Asian ranking.
QS Head of Research, Ben Sowter commenting on Indian universities said, “The IITs have a great reputation among employers, and now produce a relatively high volume of research, but it is not yet having a significant impact in terms of (research) citations.”
“India’s improved strength in depth is a sign of progress, but there is a long way to go before the IITs can compete with the very best institutions in Asia,” he said.
As per QS, “The major missing piece from this jigsaw puzzle is India – which, as this year’s rankings show, still has some way to go before it can compete at the level of the top institutions in the region. IIT Delhi maintains its 2013 position of 38th, but is the only one of India’s top eight institutions not to rank lower than last year. As in previous years, the IITs’ strong employer reputation and relatively high volume of published research is offset by weak scores for student/faculty ratio, research citations and internationalization.”
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