IISc and IITs Drop Down in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Published: | September 07, 2017
IISc and IITs Drop Down in Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • IISc Bangalore and IIT Delhi ranks dropped in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
  • THE said that the drop in rank bands is due to the rise in global competition and drop in research influence and investment.

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018 have been released for the top 1000 universities amongst 77 countries. Position of the premier Indian institutes and universities have dropped in the latest rankings, indicating a gap in the quality of education in India as compared to the global standards.

Ranks of elite institutes including the IISc Bangalore and IIT Delhi have dropped this year by one band. IISc Bangalore that ranked within the 201 – 250 band in last year’s list has dropped down to the 251 – 300 band.

IIT Bombay maintained its position in the 351 – 400 band, whereas IIT Delhi has dropped from 401 – 500 band in 2017 list to 501 – 600 band in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018. IIT Madras has faced the worst drop from 401 – 500 band to 601 – 800 band.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 (Indian Universities):

Name of the University

Rank 2018

Rank 2017

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

251 – 300

201 – 250

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

351 – 400

351 – 400

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

501 – 600

401 – 500

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

501 – 600

401 – 500

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

501 – 600

501 – 600

Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

501 – 600

501 – 600

Aligarh Muslim University

601 – 800

601 – 800

Banaras Hindu University

601 – 800

NR

University of Delhi

601 – 800

601 – 800

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

601 – 800

601 – 800

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

601 – 800

401 – 500

Indian School of Mines

601 – 800

NR

Jadavpur University

601 – 800

501 – 600

National Institute of Technology, Rourkela

601 – 800

601 – 800

Panjab University

601 – 800

601 – 800

Savitribai Phule Pune University

601 – 800

601 – 800

Tezpur University

601 – 800

601 – 800

Amrita University

801 – 1000

801+

Andhra University

801 – 1000

801+

Annamalai University

801 – 1000

NR

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani

801 – 1000

601 – 800

University of Calcutta

801 – 1000

601 – 800

Cochin University of Science and Technology

801 – 1000

801+

Jamia Millia Islamia

801 – 1000

NR

University of Kerala

801 – 1000

NR

Osmania University

801 – 1000

801+

Pondicherry University

801 – 1000

NR

Sri Vankateswara University

801 – 1000

601 – 800

Thapar University

801 – 1000

NR

VIT University

801 – 1000

801+

The first position has been retained by the University of Oxford followed by University of Cambridge at the second place and the third place is shared by the Stanford University and California Institute of Technology.

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Times Higher Education stated that the rank of IISc has fallen because of the considerable drop in the research income and the research influence. Editorial Director of Global Rankings at THE, Phil Baty, said that Indian Universities have performed poorly due to the global rise in competition.

Strict policies of the government that prevent international students from enrolling students in Indian universities, as well as lack of permanent opportunities for international opportunities, has also resulted in the drop of rankings.

He added that countries like China, Singapore and Hong Kong have increased their investment in research and educational output. This has resulted in their universities’ progressive growth and improved rankings.

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However, there is a good news for India as the overall investment in higher education and research has increased as compared to last year and it may result in better global ranks in the years to come.

THE also stated that the government has announced that it has allowed 20 universities chosen through the Excellence Initiative to recruit foreign faculty members. It has also provided them with the autonomy to admit more foreign students and collaborate with universities abroad to enhance research and education programmes.

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