Daily News Analysis

QS World University rankings

10th June, 2021 Education

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Context: Jawaharlal Nehru University has entered the top 1,000 of the QS World University rankings for the first time, as its new undergraduate engineering programme now makes it eligible for the rating.

  • Overall, there are 22 Indian institutions in the top 1,000 list compared to 21 last year, with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras making major strides in rankings.
  • However, some institutions are still worried that the rankings do not accurately reflect the quality of education in India, as they are largely dependent on international perception factors.
  • IIT Bombay maintained its position as the top Indian institution for the fourth consecutive year, although it fell five places in the global rankings to the joint 177th position.
  • IIT Delhi (185th rank) overtook the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (186th rank), giving India three institutions in the world’s top 100.
  • IISc was also declared the world’s top research university by the indicator of most citations per faculty member, when adjusted for faculty size.
  • Indian institutions continue to struggle in the institutional teaching capacity category, measured by faculty-student ratio, with 23 institutions seeing a drop in their scores.