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Four Indian institutes find place in top 20 of BRICS QS varsity ranking

Here comes a good news for all top educational institutes in the country as three IITs and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have found place among top 20 varsities in BRICS countries, according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

“Role of ranking in terms of students getting to know about the institutions can’t be negated, but also sometimes overplayed. Rankings are relevant for institutions and most importantly because of the rankings what happened in India is that institutions have started to look at themselves,” UGC Chairman VS Chauhan said while unveiling the rankings.

“Indian education has expanded and we are trying to change a lot of regulations which were made long ago. In this, there is space for rankings and the government is also realizing this that the universities are a matter of prestige for the country,” he added.

Saying that the country is at a very early stage of its universities coming of age, he said that the country will celebrate that day when of 350 universities 150 of them will be Indian institutions in the BRICS rankings.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar in a series of tweets congratulated the universities for making it to the top 20 and said: “Kudos to faculty members and students of IIT Bombay for rising four notches from 13 to 9 in the 2018 at World University Ranking . Glad that two more IITs -IIT Delhi and IIT Madras feature in top 20. Congrats! ”

Over 300 universities from India, China, Russia, South Africa and Brazil were observed and graded for the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking, one of the global prestigious rankings.

India’s strength, in comparison to universities in other BRICS nations, lies in the fact that its universities have high proportions of qualified faculty. Over 15 Indian universities have received a perfect score of 100/100 for QS’s Staff with PhD indicator.

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has secured ninth rank followed by IISc, Bangalore (10), IIT Delhi (15) and IIT Madras (18).

As many as 65 Indian universities have been ranked this time more than Brazil (61) and South Africa (12), but fewer than Russia (68) and China (94).

Chinese universities such as Tsinghua University, Peking University and Fudan University have secured the top three ranks with the country occupying eight of the top 10 positions.

India has the second highest representation in the 2017 list after China. Last year, IISc Bangalore was the only Indian institution to figure in the top 10 with rank 6.

The rankings were done based on eight performance indicators such as academic reputation, employer reputation, proportion of staff with a PhD, faculty/student ratio, research publications and citation rates and proportion of international faculty and students.

According to the rankings, among the top 10 public varsities in India are IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee, IIT Kanpur, Delhi University and Kolkata University.

Among the top 10 private universities in the country are BITS Pillani, Thapar University, Symbiosis International University, Manipal University, Amrita University, VIT University, Kalinga University and OP Jindal Global University.

In September this year, the Times Higher Education (THE) had published its globally acclaimed report of World University Rankings for the year 2017-18 enlisting top 1000 institutions worldwide. Please click on the link to read more about the World University Rankings.

Manmath Nayak

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