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No Indian Varsity in top 100 QS World Universities’ List

Based on web traffic, social media metrics and estimated online readers (>100 min 2015), the QS World University Rankings has given 12th edition of ranking of world universities.

The 12th edition of the QS World University Rankings 2015/16 confirms the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the world’s top university. It is closely followed by Harvard (2nd) and The University of Cambridge, which is tied to Stanford University in third place.

The two leading Singaporean universities break into the top 15 for the first time ever: the National University of Singapore (12th) is confirmed as the leading Asian institution while Nanyang Technological University (13th ) enjoyed a quantum leap of twenty-six places, nearly closing the gap.

Tsinghua University (25th) is the third best Asian university, followed by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (28th), The University of Hong Kong (30th), Seoul National University (36th), Kyoto (38th) and The University of Tokyo (39th). The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (147th) is a new entry in the world’s rankings and the leading Indian institution, followed by The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi IITD (179th).

Global Top 10

2015 2014 Institution Country
1 1 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) US
2 4 HARVARD UNIVERSITY US
3= 2= UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK
3= 7 STANFORD UNIVERSITY US
5 8 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) US
6 5= UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK
7 5= UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) UK
8 2= IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK
9 12 ETH ZURICH (SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY) CH
10 11 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO US

Ben Sowter, QS head of research, says :”These latest results reveal more diversity than ever in the distribution of world-class universities at the highest levels. We’re providing prospective students with the richest picture yet.”

Sowter adds: India’s universities have clear strengths in technology and natural sciences, and with the historic emphasis on medical research now neutralized, are reflected in their rightful place in this year’s tables. On a cautionary note, however, it’s important to highlight that the trend in a number of key measures remains downward, so to retain and improve upon this year’s results, the Indian Higher Education establishment must not be complacent, and must continue to drive for greater international recognition.”

There are 14 Indian institutions in the QS World University Rankings and half of them are among the global 400. While the IITs and the Institute of Science have all progressed in this edition, the large comprehensive universities, such as the University of Delhi and the University of Mumbai have lost ground, principally because of the normalisation by faculty applied to the research indicator but also due to deterioration in other dimensions as well.

QS World University Rankings 2015/16 – Indian institutions
2015 2014 Institution Name
147 n/a INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE BANGALORE
179 235= INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DELHI (IITD)
202 222= INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BOMBAY (IITB)
254= 321= INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MADRAS (IITM)
271= 300= INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY KANPUR (IITK)
286= 324= INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY KHARAGPUR (IITKGP)
391= 461-470 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ROORKEE (IITR)
451-460 551-600 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GUWAHATI (IITG)
481-490 421-430 UNIVERSITY OF DELHI
601-650 601-650 UNIVERSITY OF CALCUTTA
701+ 701+ BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY
701+ n/a PANJAB UNIVERSITY
701+ 551-600 UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI
701+ 701+ UNIVERSITY OF PUNE
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The University of Delhi features among the world’s top 200 in the Social Sciences & Management (191th) and Arts & Humanities table (176th) while Jawaharlal Nehru University is the leading Indian university in this area (168th). Unsurprisingly, Indian institutions excel in the Engineering & Technology area, with five IITs among the Top 100 in the world while they also have a fairly strong profile in the Natural Sciences.

There isn’t any Indian institution in the Life Sciences and Medicine table.

2015 2014 Engineering & Technology
44= 46 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
52 53 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
72 70 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
90= 87 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)
95= 106 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
137= 155= Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
268= 311= University of Delhi
284= 335= Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
293= Anna University
2015 2014 Natural Sciences
163= 159= Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
206= 261= Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
220= 270 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)
239= 275= Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
254= 275= Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
307= 220= University of Delhi
360= 396= Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)

Thirty-four countries are represented in the Top 200. The US is the dominant nation, with 49 institutions, ahead of the UK (30), the Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada, Australia, and Japan (8), China (7), France, Sweden and Hong Kong (5).

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