If there is one thing which is larger than life in India, it is the education system and institutions present in the country. And there is good news for the students in India, the education system has seen a steep rise in the institution being listed as the top 1000 institutions in the world, with the number increasing to 24 from 20.
On Wednesday, QS World University Rankings 2019 got released and the elite institutions of India – Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) – Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi (IIT-D) got featured in the top 200.
The institution to get top marks from the ranking and which saw a rise in ranking is IIT-Bombay which saw it rank at 162nd, 17 positions up from 2018 while the IIT-Delhi saw an increase in rank to 172nd this year too. While the IISc-Bangalore has seen its ranking surpassing IIT-Delhi and reaching the 170th rank in the current ranking year.
Global Higher Education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds released the 15th edition of QS World University Rankings which are seen as one of the most respected and esteemed rankings. The great part of the news for India’s educational institution is that 8/10 IIT’s/IISc’s have seen their ranking improve and gone up in ranking and 2 have remained the same in ranking this year.
Here’s the list of Top 20:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Stanford University
- Harvard University
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
- Imperial College London
- University of Chicago
- UCL (University of College London)
- National University of Singapore (NUS)
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)
- Princeton University
- Cornell University
- Yale University
- Columbia University
- Tsinghua University
- The University of Edinburgh
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Michigan
The fun fact about these rankings is that colleges and universities from 85 countries have been reviewed and 1000 universities have been ranked from these places, and the top position is held by Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the seventh consecutive year in a row.
Ben Sowter, QS Research Director, said this about the performance of Indian universities,
“The positive performance recorded by India’s most prominent institutions is symptomatic of a successful year for the country’s higher education system. 24 universities feature from India. 7 improve their rank, 9 remain stable, 5 are newly-ranked – and only three see their position drop.”
He further added,
“Indian improvements can be primarily attributed to improvements in QS’s reputational indicators, which account for the insights of 83,000 academics and 42,000 employers. Seventeen of India’s 24 ranked universities improve their rank for Academic Reputation, while 13 improve their rank for Employer Reputation.”
R Subrahmanyam, secretary, higher education, HRD ministry, expressed his opinion on the rankings,
“This is an affirmation of faith in the premier Indian higher educational institutions and an endorsement of the effectiveness of the measures being taken by Indian Government to improve ranking of Indian institutions.”
As far as the Government of India is concerned, the HRD ministry is taking positive steps towards providing for the institutions by giving more grants, scholarships and funds to help improve their rankings in the world and also creating the Institutes of Eminence scheme so that these universities do not have to deal much with the regulatory framework.