The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay has joined the top 200 club in the ‘Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings’, in its latest edition, an Indian Express report has said. It has joined IIT-Delhi and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, in the group. With this, for the first time, India is home to three of the top 200 universities globally. As per latest rankings, the IIT-Bombay has surged its ranking by 40 positions. From 219 rank rank last year, it has jumped to to 179 . On the other hand, the IIT-Delhi has replaced IISc as the top ranked Indian institution. While, IIT-Delhi has increased its position from 185 rank to 172 tank in the latest edition, IISc is down by over over 30 places from 152 to 190.
The progress of both premiere IITs in the country is quite significant as educational institutions in the country had lost ground in the QS rankings in 2016. However, the IISc’s performance is a cause for concern as the institution, which earlier slipped out of the top 150 club in 2017 rankings, has dropped further rather than recovering. But the IISc is rated the sixth best institution across the globe in 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,” Indian express said quoting QS press release.
Currently, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is working on a framework to encourage educational institutionsin the country to join top 100 club of any of the reputed world ranking metric, as per Indian Express report. The ranking table has provided a list of top 959 top universities across the globe, which includes 20 Indian institutions. 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 six new entrants.
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Also, for the f first time, Delhi University has entered the top 500 group. It has moved up from the 501-550 category to the 481-490 category. IIT-Kharagpur has also improved its ranking from 313 to 308, and IIT-Kanpur surged from 302 to 293 rank. However, IIT-Madras has lost a few places ato slip from 249 to 264 rank. IIT-Guwahati moved from 481-490 band to 501-550 band, the paper said.