Times Ranking 2018: The latest Times Higher Education’s ‘Asia University Rankings 2018 has come as a mixed bag for Indian varsities. As per the latest rankings, India has been able to increase its representation in the list but several institutions have slid from their former glory. According to a Times of India report, Indian universities claimed 42 places this year with 12 new entrants as compared to the 33 universities that featured on the list last year. However, some leading universities have slid from their former ranks which appears to be a big blow for the country. Ranked among 350 top Asian universities, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) remain India’s top-ranked institution at number 29 but dropped two spots from its position last year.
The list has six other Indian institutions in the top 100 alongside IISC. While the National University of Singapore has grabbed pole position in Asia’s University Rankings 2018, Tsinghua University and Peking University of China are placed at second and third, respectively.
While the fact that the number of Indian institutions in the rankings has increased may bring some solace, the rise may partly be due to the expansion of table by 50 ranks to include 350 universities, instead of the earlier number of 300. In 2017, the list was made around 300 universities. Two new entries to break into the top 200 of the list include the Indian School of Mines at the 141st spot and Banaras Hindu Univesity which jointly stands at 194th.
Meanwhile, the top two universities last year — IISc and IIT Bombay — have gone down to 29th and 44th respectively. This was largely due to citation impact scores, TOI reported. IIT Madras saw the biggest decline in the top 200, dropping 41 places to 103rd.