The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16 has more Indian institutes from previous editions. The highest ranked institution is the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, placed in 251-300 rank group and the other institution among the top 400 is Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
In all, India has 17 universities in the list, matching its BRIC counterpart Brazil. Among Asian countries China continues to dominate, while Japan and South Korea have fallen behind.
Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, said: "It is good news for India that 17 of its institutions feature in this year's list of the world's best universities but it will have to work harder to compete with other emerging economies such as China which has 37 institutions featured in this year's rankings and Russia which has fewer institutions overall but a higher proportion in the upper echelons of the table."
In Asia, the National University of Singapore holds Asia's number one spot (in 26th place) while China's two leading universities (Peking and Tsinghua) are firmly established in the world's elite top 50 group at 42nd and joint 47th respectively.
Japan has two institutions in the top 200, University of Tokyo (43rd) and Kyoto University (joint 88th), while South Korea has four institutions in the top 200: Seoul National University (85th), Pohang University of Science and Technology (116th), the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (148th) and Sungkyunkwan University (153rd). Hong Kong has three institutions in the top 200: the University of Hong Kong (joint 44th), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (59th) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (joint 138th).