In an unexpected achievement for the Indian Education system, two Indian Institutions made it to the list of Top 200 Institutions in the world. Although a total of 14 Indian Institutes have made it to the final list, only 2 managed to secure a position in the first 200.
According to the QS World University Rankings 2015, there are 14 Indian institutions in the World University Rankings and half of them are among the global 400. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, was ranked 147, whereas Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi was given the 179th position, which is a remarkable progress from its 235th rank last year. However, premier varsities like the University of Delhi and the University of Mumbai have fallen in rankings, as compared to last year. While IIT (Bombay) has been placed at 202, IIT (Madras) and IIT (Kanpur) were ranked 254 and 271 respectively.
With no surprises, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was ranked the numero uno position, followed by Harvard. The third place saw a tie between University of Cambridge is tied to Stanford University. In terms of cities, London had the maximum number of universities in the Top 50, followed by Boston and Paris (3 each), Paris, Sydney, Hong Kong and Beijing (2 each). Thirty-four countries are represented in the Top 200. US bagged 49 institutions and dominated the list, with UK getting 30, the Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada, Australia, and Japan (8), China (7), France, Sweden and Hong Kong (5).
In an interview to TOI, Ben Sowter, QS head of research, said, “India has two institutions in the top 200 this year, which has occurred as a result of QS evolving its methodology to be more even-handed across subject areas and it has revealed strength in research in engineering, technology and the natural sciences. If you want to compare India and China, the primary shortfalls are money and consistent policy leadership.”
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