India has improved its position in the global higher education, with a record 31 educational institutions making it to a new list of the world’s top varsities topped by the University of Oxford.
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore is India’s top institution in the ‘Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-17′ list released yesterday, up nearly 50 places from its last year’s rank.
Only two Indian universities have made it to the top 400 universities’ list.
IISc (201-250 group), up from last year’s 251-300 group, is accompanied by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay (351-400 cohort) in the top 400 table.
There is no Indian university in the coveted top 200 list.
In this year’s rankings, there are four new entries — National Institute of Technology (Rourkela), Sri Venkateswara University, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Tezpur University.
The top 10 ranks are dominated by the UK and US universities. Apart from Oxford University, Cambridge University and Imperial College of London, seven are from the US with California Institute of Technology as the second best university in the world.
At number nine is ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich). Overall, 289 Asian universities from 24 countries make the list of 980 institutions.
“But the star of the region is India, which has 31 universities in the list. Its leading university – the Indian Institute of Science – is edging closer to the top 200, claiming a spot in the 201-250 band, its highest ever position and the country has four new entries in the top 800,” said Phil Baty, the editor of the THE World University Rankings.
India has 19 institutes in the top 800, two more than last year and 12 others in the 801-980 band.
The calculation of the THE World University Rankings is subject to an independent audit by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
The rankings claim to be the only global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. It uses 13 calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.
Other Indian universities which have found a place in the list include Jadavpur University, Aligarh Muslim University, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, University of Calcutta, University of Delhi, IIT Guwahati, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, Panjab University, Savitribai Phule Pune University.
Sri Venkateswara University, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Tezpur University, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Amity University, Amrita University, Andhra University, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Manipal University, Osmania University, SASTRA University, Sathyabama University, SRM University, Vellore Institute of Technology have also made it to the list.