IISc overtakes IITs to clinch first spot among 41 Indian institutes in QS rankings’ top 1,400

New Delhi: Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has emerged as the topmost Indian institute, ranking at the 155th spot, in the QS World University Rankings 2023 released Thursday.

A press release by global higher education analyst Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) noted that the 2023 world ranking features 41 Indian institutions among the top 1,400 institutes globally, and that 12 of them have improved their rank since the last time, while 10 have moved down the list.

It was also noted that Indian institutions are struggling when it comes to academic reputation, faculty/student ratio and internationalisation.

IISc is among the institutes that improved their ranking, climbing up 31 spots from 186 in the 2022 edition to 155 in the latest list.

Apart from IISc, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and IIT Delhi are the other two Indian institutions to rank among the top 200 globally. Both institutes have improved their rank from the previous year’s 177 and 185, respectively, to stand at 172 and 174 in the current rankings.

“IISc Bengaluru is the fastest rising South Asian university among the QS World University Rankings top-200, having gained thirty-one places year on year,” the press release from QS read.

The other Indian institutes that made it among the top 500 are the IITs in Madras (250), Kanpur (264), Kharagpur (270), Roorkee (369), Guwahati (384) and Indore (396).

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MIT at No.1 spot for 11th year

The QS ranking is measured on the basis of academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty and international student/faculty ratio.

According to the QS press release, of the 41 Indian institutions, 17 dropped in ‘academic reputation’, while 17 improved. The two metrics where Indian institutions did not perform well are ‘faculty/student ratio’ and ‘internationalisation’.

“Indian universities continue to struggle with QS’ measure of institutional teaching capacity. Thirty of India’s 41 ranked universities have suffered declines in QS’ Faculty/ Student Ratio (FSR) indicator, with only four recording improvements,” read the press release.

“Unsurprisingly, India also struggles in the QS’ internationalization metrics. For example, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (1001-1200) is the best-performing local institution for the proportion of International Faculty, ranking 411th globally. On the other hand, Amity University (1001-1200) is the national leader for the proportion of International Students, ranking 542na globally,” it added.

Globally, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) remained at number one spot for a record eleventh consecutive year, while University of Cambridge rose to second place, and Stanford University remained in third position.

“China (Mainland) now boasts two universities among the world’s top-15, thanks to Peking University (12th) and Tsinghua University (14th), achieving their highest rank since the inception of the table. On the other hand, the National University of Singapore is the top-performing Asian university, occupying the 11th position for the fifth consecutive year. At the same time, his compatriot, Nanyang Technological University (19th), dropped off the top-15 for the first time since 2015. Finally, Swiss ETH Zurich (9th) remains Continental Europe’s leading university,” the press release added.

The headline of this copy has been updated.

(Edited by Nida Fatima Siddiqui)

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